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Adding gradient masks to Emma’s website

One of my favourite CSS writers Ahmad Shadeed has written about CSS Masking and I thought I could put his techniques to good use on Emma’s website.

Emma’s website

Emma’s website includes several horizontal and vertical scrolling panels which show off her experience in film and TV. When I launched her website, these panels had hard stops. Now, I’ve softened the ends by fading out the content using CSS masks.

I won’t reiterate what Ahmad wrote. You should read his whole article from start to finish. I simply added one line to my vertical scrolling panels:

#scroll {
max-height: 80vh;
overflow-y: scroll;

/* Mask image ____________________________________*/
mask-image: linear-gradient(180deg, #000 75%, transparent 100%); }
Masking vertical scrolling panels

Now, instead of a hard stop, the content appears to fade out towards the bottom. A similar linear-gradient—this time with four stops—adds mask areas to the left and right of my horizontal scrolling panels:

my-reel {
display: flex;
align-items: flex-end;
gap: 0 1rem;
overflow-x: auto;
overflow-y: hidden;
scroll-snap-type: x mandatory;

/* Mask image ____________________________________*/

mask-image: linear-gradient(90deg, 
transparent 0%, 
#000 10%, 
#000 90%, 
transparent 100%); }
Masking horizontal scrolling panels in Emma’s Easter Egg theme

I think those panels look much better with the CSS masks. Now, I just need to tell Emma.

Written by Andy Clarke who filed this in css .

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