In modern web design trends there is a lot of use of gradients for background images, navigation menu, headers and footers. These days web developers prefer using CSS3 generated color gradient code for background, borders and other elements of a webpage. Earlier developers had to use gradient images but that increase the page load time significantly. Since modern web development is all about how fast your web page loads with all the great design elements and layout, all major browser now support CSS3 gradient color codes to help developers avoid using images.
In an effort to speed up website loading time, CSS3 have significantly improved the color functionality to enable web developers to easily create color gradients with different color combinations and different directions as well. For instance you can create a gradient background with CSS3 properties that can be horizontal, vertical and radial, linear, angle, reflected and diamond.
Even though it has immensely helped developers to create gradients, but creating it manually can be time consuming and takes lot of testing to come up with right CSS color codes. So, if you are finding it difficult getting your head around the color gradients, there are some amazing tools that can be used to generate gradient css code in just a few clicks.
The reason why it is better for developers to use gradient generators is that it helps you a great deal when it comes to learning the correct syntax to use in the design. These CSS3 generators provide you a preview box where you can edit the look of the gradient element without writing any code. You can select the color from color picker, build the gradient with direction and other settings and then it will output the CSS3 code. it is as simple as that.
Majority of popular CSS3 generators show real time change in preview and code box which helps you learn how their changes affects the CSS code. This is probably the best way to sharpen your CSS skills and nothing really beats when you learn while you see it change live. Given below are some of the top gradient color generators you can use:
ColorZilla – It is the most popular generator around that gives your multiple templates of prebuilt gradients and also provide preview box to see live changes as you pick and change color and gradient direction. When you are done building the gradient it will output the CSS code in a box that you can copy and use in your stylesheet file. For instance take a look at the code below i just generated for a gradient by using one of the generators.
background-image: -webkit-gradient( linear, left top, left bottom, color-stop(0, #8148C7), color-stop(1, #9B65EF) ); background-image: -o-linear-gradient(bottom, #8148C7 0%, #9B65EF 100%); background-image: -moz-linear-gradient(bottom, #8148C7 0%, #9B65EF 100%); background-image: -webkit-linear-gradient(bottom, #8148C7 0%, #9B65EF 100%); background-image: -ms-linear-gradient(bottom, #8148C7 0%, #9B65EF 100%); background-image: linear-gradient(to bottom, #8148C7 0%, #9B65EF 100%);
CSS3Factory – It is another popular generator that developers use. It has gone under some serious improvement from its previous version. Developers have added many new advanced functions in it and more are expected to be added.
CSSMatic – This is another brilliant generator that can be used to create gradients for backgrounds, headers, footers, navbars and other elements as well.
Although all these generators are great option to have in your development tools arsenal, but use them when you are looking to save time, but if you do have time to experiment then you should hand code it as it will help you learn and sharpen your CSS skills.