How to create SVG animation with CSS

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Wondering how to do SVG animation without the headache. The idea of getting bogged down in JavaScript libraries can really put people off, but SVG animation doesn't need to be so daunting. CSS can handle selecting individual paths within an SVG to create effects, and knowing just the basics can allow you to turn flat, tired icons into something more impressive. 

When you consider how this can be integrated into different designs, it doesn't take long to realise that the possibilities for SVG animation are endless. Below, we'll run through the fundamental steps of SVG optimisation and animation using CSS. For more motion inspiration, take a look at these cool CSS animation examples and a look at the code behind them.

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Joe has been building websites his whole life, and he now runs Corebyte Ltd, a small web development company in Southampton.