Fullscreen Overlay Effects

Some simple and creative overlay styles and effects. From sliding the overlay into the viewport to using SVG morphing shapes, we explore some effects for fullscreen overlays.


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Today we’d like to share some inspiration on fullscreen overlay styles and effects with you. Like with any UI component, there are new trends and styles emerging and we’d like to try out some subtle, as well as fancy effects for overlays. The special thing about these overlays is that they don’t have a fixed size like modals but they occupy all the screen, so when creating effects one has to take that into account and not overdo it. But that does not mean that we can’t go crazy and use some fresh and interesting effects, like, for example, morphing SVG shapes.

Note that these effects were created with modern browsers in mind so they might not show the desired effect in older ones. You should, of course, provide some kind of fallback for older browsers.

An example for a subtle, yet interesting effect is the first one which got inspired by the same effect on Huge. The idea is to fade in the overlay and to rotate what’s inside slightly in 3D:

.overlay-hugeinc {
	opacity: 0;
	visibility: hidden;
	transition: opacity 0.5s, visibility 0s 0.5s;

.overlay-hugeinc.open {
	opacity: 1;
	visibility: visible;
	transition: opacity 0.5s;

.overlay-hugeinc nav {
	perspective: 1200px;

.overlay-hugeinc nav ul {
	opacity: 0.4;
	transform: translateY(-25%) rotateX(35deg);
	transition: transform 0.5s, opacity 0.5s;

.overlay-hugeinc.open nav ul {
	opacity: 1;
	transform: rotateX(0deg);

.overlay-hugeinc.close nav ul {
	transform: translateY(25%) rotateX(-35deg);

We use the visibility trick to make the overlay disappear completely: we set a transition delay for the visibility property which allows the opacity to be transitioned first.

For some of the SVG examples we use Snap.svg to morph a path into another one. For the “little boxes” example we used SVG with some JS to control the appearing of the boxes, but you could of course also use CSS for the control or not use SVG at all.

We hope you enjoy these effects and find them inspiring!

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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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  1. 1

    Ups… First I didn’t understand the explanation of Jesse, after a second reading it was really clear ;-) Now my overlay menu close, after choosing a menu item. Thanks a lot :D

  2. 2


    How can i do to open the overlay automatically without pressing the button “Open overlay” ?


  3. 3

    Did anybody tried to implement more than one overlays on the same page with trigger by different buttons? I tried playing around with it and hasn’t got a clue :(.

    • 4

      Did you solved your problem ? I have the same one and I can’t find any solution. I’ve tried to had that :

      triggerBttn = document.getElementById( ‘trigger-overlay’, ‘trigger-overlay2′ ),
      overlay = document.querySelector( ‘div.overlay’, ‘div.overlay2′ ),

      but I guess i’ve missed something.
      If anybody can help me ! :)

  4. 5

    Just in case i use

    $("#menuitem1, #menuitem2, #menuitem3, #menuitem4").click(function () {

  5. 6

    Hey there,

    How do you make the content overlay taller? (The green area containing the nav items)
    I am trying to customize the content push affect, 7.html


  6. 9

    I am attempting to place multiple of these on a single page, using them as page overlays in a menu. Each one will have content and not navigation. I cannot get them to work side by side. Any advice? Thanks!

  7. 10

    This is finamenalny and mega modern effect… Maintain the plug and release new updates for its ongoing work.

  8. 11

    Hi there,
    I’m trying this, working out great. however. I come to face an issue that my website is one page long. how do i trigger whatever i click on one of the link in there, its close n go to the url within that page? ..thanks

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