20 fresh and colorful CSS3 buttons

Here is the result of an experiment with fonts and css3 properties like text-shadow and box-shadow: Click here to download the ZIP file with the two overlay images: CSS3 Buttons ZIP The buttons are defined as link elements and the css looks like this: .button{ padding:5px 15px 5px 15px; text-decoration: none; display: inline-block; -moz-border-radius: 10px; […]

Here is the result of an experiment with fonts and css3 properties like text-shadow and box-shadow:

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Click here to download the ZIP file with the two overlay images: CSS3 Buttons ZIP

The buttons are defined as link elements and the css looks like this:

.button{
 padding:5px 15px 5px 15px;
 text-decoration: none;
 display: inline-block;
 -moz-border-radius: 10px;
 -webkit-border-radius: 10px;
 -moz-box-shadow: 0 1px 3px rgba(0,0,0,0.5);
 -webkit-box-shadow: 0 1px 3px rgba(0,0,0,0.5);
 border-bottom: 1px solid rgba(0,0,0,0.25);
 font-family: "Lucida Grande",Lucida,Verdana,sans-serif;
 outline:none;
 position:relative;
 font-size: 32px;
 margin:10px;
 background:transparent url(buttonover.png) repeat-x top left;
 white-space:nowrap;
 }
 .button:hover{
 background-color: #777;
 }
 .button:active{
 top: 1px;
 left:1px;
 }

Now we define the single buttons with their individual style and we will give our a element two classes then:

 .shadow{
 background-color: #a3a3a3;
 border: 2px solid #777;
 color: #FFF;
 font-weight:bold;
 text-shadow: 0 1px 1px rgba(0,0,0,0.8);
 }
 .engraved{
 background: #666;
 border: 2px solid #777;
 color: #000;
 text-shadow: 0px 1px 1px #fff;
 font-weight: bold;
 }
 .glow{
 color: #fff;
 background: #888;
 border: 2px solid #777;
 text-shadow: 1px 1px 6px #fff;
 }
 .white{
 color: #fff;
 background: #fff;
 text-shadow: 1px 1px 4px #000;
 border: 2px solid #f0f0f0;
 font-family: "Arial";
 font-weight:bold;
 text-transform:uppercase;
 letter-spacing:-1px;
 }
 .white:hover{
 background-color:#f1f1f1;
 }
 .red{
 background-color: #B00000;
 border: 1px solid #7F0000;
 color: #FFF;
 text-shadow: 1px 1px 4px #000;
 font-family: "Palatino Linotype";
 }
 .red:hover{
 background-color:#800000;
 }

 .lightblue{
 background-color: #7FB0F0;
 color: #FFF;
 text-shadow: 0 -1px 1px rgba(0,0,0,0.25);
 font-weight:100;
 }
 .lightblue:hover{
 background-color:#7FA0C0;
 }
 .olive{
 background-color: #B0E000;
 border: 1px outset #D0E000;
 color: #FFF;
 font-style:italic;
 text-shadow: 0 2px 1px rgba(0,0,0,0.2);
 }
 .olive:hover{
 background-color: #90A000;
 }
 .orange{
 background-color: #FFCC00;
 border: 1px outset #F2FF00;
 color: #FFF;
 font-family:Helvetica;
 font-weight:bold;
 }
 .orange:hover{
 background-color: #FF8000;
 }
 .pink{
 background-color: #C0107F;
 border: 1px outset #70107F;
 color: #FFF;
 font-family:"Georgia";
 font-weight:bold;
 }
 .pink:hover{
 background-color: #F0107F;
 }
 .pink:active{
 border: 1px inset #70107F;
 }
 .sea{
 background-color: #20807F;
 color: #FFF;
 }
 .sea:hover{
 background-color: #60807F;
 }
 .rose{
 background-color: #F07FD0;
 color: #FFF;
 font-family: "Palatino Linotype";
 font-style: italic;
 letter-spacing:-1px;
 text-shadow: -1px 1px 1px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.4);
 }
 .rose:hover{
 background-color: #B07FA0;
 }
 .black{
 background-color: #000;
 background-image:url(buttonover2.png);
 color: #FFF;
 letter-spacing:-1px;
 text-shadow: 0 2px 1px rgba(0,0,0,0.2);
 }
 .black:hover{
 background-color: #777;
 }

 .sand{
 background-color: #FFF090;
 background-image:url(buttonover2.png);
 color: #fff;
 letter-spacing: 3px;
 text-shadow: 1px 0px 1px rgba(0,0,0,0.2);
 }
 .sand:hover{
 background-color: #F0C07F;
 }

 .violet{
 background-color: #9400D3;
 background-image:url(buttonover2.png);
 color: #777;
 font-family:"Arial Black";
 text-shadow: 0px 1px 1px #fff;
 }
 .violet:hover{
 background-color: #8A2BE2;
 }

 .green{
 background-color: #32CD32;
 background-image:url(buttonover2.png);
 color: #fff;
 font-family:"Century Gothic";
 text-transform:uppercase;
 font-style:italic;
 text-shadow: 1px 0px 1px rgba(0,0,0,0.2);
 }
 .green:hover{
 background-color: #2F4F4F;
 }
 .darkblue{
 background-color: #00008B;
 background-image:url(buttonover2.png);
 color: #fff;
 font-family:"Impact";
 text-shadow: 1px 0px 1px rgba(0,0,0,0.2);
 }
 .darkblue:hover{
 background-color: #191970;
 }
 .sunset{
 background-color: #FF6347;
 background-image:url(buttonover2.png);
 color: #777;
 font-family:"Palatino Linotype";
 text-transform:uppercase;
 text-shadow: 0px 1px 1px #fff;
 }
 .sunset:hover{
 background-color: #FF7F50;
 }
 .choco{
 background-color: #D2691E;
 background-image:url(buttonover2.png);
 color: #fff;
 font-family:"Gill Sans";
 text-shadow: 1px 0px 1px rgba(0,0,0,0.2);
 }
 .choco:hover{
 background-color: #D2B48C;
 }
 .cadet{
 background-color: #5F9EA0;
 background-image:url(buttonover2.png);
 color: #fff;
 font-family: "Arial Narrow";
 text-shadow: 1px 0px 1px rgba(0,0,0,0.2);
 }
 .cadet:hover{
 background-color: #008080;
 }
 .aqua{
 background-color: #00FFFF;
 background-image:url(buttonover2.png);
 color: #fff;
 font-family: "Tahoma";
 text-shadow: 1px 1px 4px #000;
 }
 .aqua:hover{
 background-color: #00FFCC;
 }

The html is pretty straightforward:

<body style="background-color:#888;">
 <a href="#" class="button shadow">Cool Shadow</a>
 <a href="#" class="button engraved">Dark Engraved</a>
 <a href="#" class="button glow">Mystic Glow</a>
 <a href="#" class="button white">Frozen White</a>
 <a href="#" class="button red">Sexy Red</a>
 <a href="#" class="button lightblue">Heavenly Blue</a>
 <a href="#" class="button olive">Olive Outset</a>
 <a href="#" class="button orange">Juicy Orange</a>
 <a href="#" class="button pink">Lovely Pink</a>
 <a href="#" class="button sea">Deep Sea</a>
 <a href="#" class="button rose">Rose Vanity</a>
 <a href="#" class="button black">Buttonize Gray</a>
 <a href="#" class="button sand">Dreamy Sand</a>
 <a href="#" class="button violet">Violent Violet</a>
 <a href="#" class="button green">Grasshopper</a>
 <a href="#" class="button darkblue">Ocean Blue</a>
 <a href="#" class="button sunset">Golden Sunset</a>
 <a href="#" class="button choco">Sweet Chocolate</a>
 <a href="#" class="button cadet">Cadet Dreams</a>
 <a href="#" class="button aqua">Aqua Love</a>
 </body>

Of course, the body should not be the immediate parent of the a but some other div. This was just a quick solution.

Enjoy!

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Mary Lou (Manoela Ilic) is a freelance web designer and developer with a passion for interaction design. She studied Cognitive Science and Computational Logic and has a weakness for the smell of freshly ground peppercorns.

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