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100 CSS and JavaScript tutorials to boost your skills

Updated: We round up the best CSS and JavaScript tutorials from around the web to save you some serious time on your next web design project!

There are so many blogs and sites publishing high quality CSS and JavaScript tutorials these days that it can be hard to keep track - and it's easy to miss an amazing tutorial completely. And sod's law dictates that the one you do miss will be the one that could have saved you days of work on your latest project...

 

So to help out we've rounded up some of the very best CSS and JavaScript tutorials from around the web, covering web design techniques old and new, how to use the latest tools and frameworks, and a series of projects you can sink your teeth into. They're all written by leading experts in the field, and many come with downloadable code you can play around with. Finally, we've grouped the tutorials into a series of categories to make it easier to find what you're looking for.

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NOTE: most of these CSS and JavaScript tutorials are aimed at professional web designers. If you're a beginner, check out this article about web design training to help get you started. For the rest of us, though, on with the tutorials!

Fundamentals of CSS

How to structure your CSS

We want you to learn from the best. So who better to explain their CSS tactics than front end developer Mike Byrne? His handy tips will really help to structure your CSS.

Make your sites load faster

 Speed up sites

Your website's visitors care whether or not it loads quickly. Tom Gullen explains what the price of a slow site can be and shows you how to make yours render faster

Discover the power of CSS3 selectors

 Selectors

To style an element with CSS, you need to be able to target it. Rich Clark shows you how to keep your markup slim and target elements in the DOM without resorting to extra presentational markup or JavaScript. How? By using CSS3 selectors...

Decoupling HTML from CSS

Working with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript can get a little messy. Jonathan Snook gives you a new insight into coding your CSS that will make the clean up a whole lot easier.

Classes? Where we're going, we don't need classes!

Classes, classes, classes everywhere. What if we don't need CSS classes at all? What if we stopped worrying about how many classes we're using and what we should be calling them and just finished with them once and for all? Heydon Pickering investigates.

CSS techniques

Absolute horizontal and vertical centering in CSS

Stephen Shaw introduces a technique for perfect horizontal and vertical centering in CSS, at any width or height. The techniques works with percentage-based width/height, min-/max- width, images, position: fixed and even variable content heights.

Creating different CSS3 box shadow effects

In this tutorial we are going to be creating box shadow effects with just CSS. Below is an image created in photoshop of different box shadows effects. These used to be the only way of creating this effect but thanks to CSS3 we can now do all this with just CSS.

Master the new CSS layout properties

 new layout properties

New CSS properties offer easy ways to lay out web pages. Thomas Lewis of Microsoft walks you through Grid Alignment, Flexible Box and Multi-column Layout.

The problem of CSS form elements

In this tutorial, you'll cover some of the CSS patterns used by web developers to tame the visual layout of form elements.

Swishy CSS3 navigation

CSS3 offers so many possibilities to create cool rollovers on website menus. Dan Voyce explains how he created the effect on Graphite Design's site.

Master CSS pixels for Retina displays

As screens get smaller and more detailed, web pages will have to change to cope. Sean B Palmer examines the past, and the future, of CSS resolution independence

Minimum paragraph widths in fluid layouts

Incorporating images into your body text can often be a long and frustrating process. Take a look at this tutorial from Gustav Andersson, who has come up with techniques for all your text flow problems.

How to take advantage of the CSS background-size property

Front-end developer Stephanie (Sullivan) Rewis, owner of W3Conversions, takes you through a variety of uses for the CSS3 background-sized property.

Triangle with shadow

Chris Coyier explores different ways to creating shadows behind triangles in CSS.

How to set up a print style sheet

Print styles are often forgotten in the age of responsive web design. The good news is that a print style sheet is actually very easy to craft: you can follow a couple of simple CSS techniques to create a good experience for readers and show them that you've gone the extra mile to deliver a better user experience, says Christian Krammer.

Semantic CSS with intelligent selectors

With the advent of object-oriented CSS (OOCSS), it has become  fashionable to decouple presentation semantics from document semantics. As this tutorial on Smashing Magazine explains, by leveraging the undesignated meanings of classes, it's possible to manage one's document and the appearance of one's document as curiously separate concerns.

Create amazing typography

Introducing responsive web typography With FlowType.JS

FlowType.JS allows a perfect character count per line at any screen width. This tutorial on Smashing explains how to use it.

Texturise web type with CSS

 Type

As newer CSS properties, such as text-shadow, gain traction, there's no limit to what can be done with web type. Trent Walton from Paravel goes a step further by texturising it.

How to preserve vertical rhythm with CSS and jQuery

Vertical rhythm is really important for type-based design approaches. Web developer Matthew Wilcox shows you the basics.

Create a Letterpress effect with CSS Text-Shadow

The Letterpress effect is fast becoming one of the most popular tools in web design. Jump on the bandwagon with Chris Spooner as he shows you the ins and outs with CSS Text-Shadow.

The future of screen typography is in your hands

Andreas Carlsson and Jaan Orvet discuss the way text is changing, thanks to the latest tablets and devices from the likes of Amazon and Apple. Here, they show you how to create and customise your own font file to keep up with the Jones.

How to create a cool anaglyphic text effect with CSS

If you didn't know already, anaglyphs are those 3D images, offsetting two of the red, blue and green channels. If you've ever wanted to make your own, now is the time as Chris Spooner shows you how.

Handling typography for responsive design

You've got your layout and images scaling, but you need to have your type following along as well. One size of type does not fit all line lengths or screen widths, says Val Head.

Get to grips with gradients

How to master CSS gradients

If you're still scratching your head when it comes to CSS gradients, this tutorial from The Book of CSS3 by Peter Gasston provides simple examples that'll have you acting like a pro in no time.

Essential CSS gradient tips

 gradient tips

Tim Van Damme explains the CSS tips he used in a prominent website redesign to make it picture perfect.

Generate CSS sprites

CSS sprites revisited

 Sprites revisited

While the theory behind CSS sprites is easy enough and its advantages are clear, they often prove to be too bothersome to implement, especially when time is short and deadlines are looming. Niels Matthijs shows how to get round the problem.

Make a CSS animated sprite in Photoshop

 Ninja sprite

With new CSS features come opportunities to animate without the need for script. Sam Hampton-Smith demonstrates how to produce a retro gaming-inspired sprite.

Using SpriteCow

An example of creating your own sprite image and using SpriteCow to help with the CSS from Chris Coyier.

Visual effects

How to create progressively enhanced 3D CSS rollovers

 Rollovers

Rollovers are a great thing. Principal evangelist for HTML5 and the open web at Mozilla Christian Heilmann explains how to enhance these beauties with 3D CSS rollover effects.

Swishy CSS3 navigation

 Navigation

CSS3 offers so many possibilities to create cool rollovers on website menus. Dan Voyce explains how he created the effect on Graphite Design's site

Short code for parallax scrolling

We're big fans of parallax scrolling here at Creative Bloq - creating the illusion of 3D depth as you scroll is a simple and effective technique. Learn how to write shortest and simplest code to achieve the best from your parallax scrolling website.

How to build a rotating 3D carousel with CSS

Paul Hayes shows you how to create a carousel for your website that rotates from panel to panel.

A pure CSS3 cycling slideshow

CSS and Javascript often come hand-in-hand but thanks to CSS3, JavaScript seems to be slowly letting go. Alessio Atzeni provides a simple tutorial into the world of CSS3 by creating an infinitely looping slider of images.

How to build a 360 degree image slider with JavaScript

It takes a lot to keep your user's attention and that's why a 360 degree image slider could be your ticket to success. Robert Pataki demonstrates how you can show it off using CSS and JavaScript.

How to create a zoomable user interface with CSS3

In this tutorial, David DeSandro explains how CSS transforms can be used to create a zoomable user interface. He also delves into JavaScript to show you how you can manipulate the zoom.

Master CSS animations

Animated CSS effects with fallbacks

 CSS animated effects

New CSS3 modules enable cool effects, but what about browsers that don't support them? Opera's Chris Mills demonstrates a few examples - and styling alternatives via Modernizr.

Getting CSS animations to trigger at the right time

Karl Schellenberg demonstrates how to stagger full-site animations with CSS3 and JavaScript through page scrolling.

A masterclass in CSS animations

 Animations

From the basics of animation keyframes to expert animation tips that will save you many a headache, Estelle Weyl, web developer and author of HTML5 and CSS3 For the Real World, takes you on a tour of all you need to know to get up and running with CSS3 animations.

Chain CSS animations together with JavaScript

CSS animation is set for widespread adoption. Peter Gasston shows how we can extend its capabilities by mixing and chaining with CSS and JavaScript events.

How to create a clickable accordion with CSS animation

Belgian interface designer and CSS trickster Benjamin de Cock tells you how to create a clickable accordion with the power of CSS3, whilst also discussing the cons of the technique.

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