CSS Image Filter Toolbox – Tutorials, Libraries and Tools

CSS Image Filters are a simple, lightweight method of adding some unique looks to your site’s images. Effects that once were the sole realm of image editors like Photoshop can now be achieved through CSS.

They not only look great, but they can also save you time by not having to individually open up images to apply effects. Let’s have a look at some resources to help you learn and implement CSS Image Filters into your next project.

Quick Jump: Learning Guides, Libraries, Web-Based Tools, jQuery Plugins and Additional Tools.

CSS Image Filters Learning Guides

CSS3 Image Filter Tutorial By Paul Underwood

CSS3 Image Filter Tutorial is a quick and simple look at how to apply filters to your images and/or HTML elements. There is discussion of browser support and several useful demos available.

Understanding CSS Filter Effects By Alex Danilo

Understanding CSS Filter Effects is a post from a few years ago, but still holds a lot of relevant information about filters. Author Alex Danilo goes especially in-depth with regards to potential performance issues.

Image Adjustment with CSS Filter Effects By Thoriq Firdaus

Image Adjustment with CSS Filter Effects provides a rundown of select CSS Image Filters along with some downloadable source code to get you started.

CSS Image Filter Libraries

CSSGram By Una Kravets

CSSGram aims to recreate Instagram’s popular filters on the web. Simply upload the library to your site and use the special class names via either CSS or SASS.

CSSGram library CSS CSS3 image filter toolbox

colofilter.css By Lucas Bonomi

Add some colorful "DuoTone" effects to your site with colofilter.css. The effects are beautiful but not compatible with Microsoft browsers just yet (Safari has partial support).

colofilter library CSS image filter toolbox

CSSCO By Lauren Waller

CSSCO is a library of attractive photographic filters that can be easily added to your site. MS browsers and Safari are partially supported.

CSSCO library CSS image filter toolbox

Web-Based Generators & Playgrounds

cssFilters.co By Indrashish Ghosh

cssFilters.co lets you upload an image, tweak various filters and output CSS code using a lovely interface.

cssFilters web generator CSS image filter toolbox

Filter Blend By Ilya Shubin

Upload your image to Filter Blend and apply a variety of background colors, blend modes and CSS filters. It’s almost like you don’t need Photoshop anymore!

Blend generator CSS image filter toolbox

CSSReflex Filter Effects By Naeem Noor

CSSReflex Filter Effects lets you see just what each CSS filter can do. Use the sliders under each effect and see the results.

CSSReflex Filter Effects CSS image toolbox generator

CSS Filter By Jordano Aragão

Tweak various filters to your heart’s content and export some CSS for use on your site with CSS Filter.

CSS image filter toolbox generator

CSS Image Filters & jQuery

tiltShift.js By Noel Tock

tiltShift.js mimics the popular tilt-shift effect using jQuery and CSS 3 filters.

tiltShift.js jquery plugin CSS image filter toolbox

Philter By Liudas Dzisevicius

Philter uses HTML attributes to enable CSS filters, including hover effects.

Philter jquery CSS image filter toolbox

Image Editor with CSS Filters and jQuery By SitePoint

Paste in an image link and start filtering with Image Editor with CSS Filters and jQuery.

Image Editor with CSS Filters and jQuery tutorial toolbox

Additional Tools

Postcss Instagram By Azat S.

Meant for use with PostCSS, Postcss Instagram is a plugin that adds Instagram-like filters to images.

SassyFilters By Pascal Duez

Using SASS? SassyFilters is a collection of cross-browser configurable CSS-SVG filters.

CSS Filters DevTools Extension By Jaume Sanchez

If you’re using Chrome DevTools, the CSS Filters DevTools Extension will add a sidebar to the elements panel that allows you to easily edit filters.

Concluding

As it turns out, adding CSS Image Filters to your site is a very simple process. An interesting aspect for designers and developers is that you can set up filters in your CSS and when clients add images to their site, they are automatically filtered. This means less time spent training for you and more convenience for your clients. With the variety of filters and tools that make implementation a piece of cake, there’s no reason not to experiment.

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Eric Karkovack is a web designer with well over a decade of experience. You can visit his business site here. In July 2013, Eric released his first eBook: Your Guide to Becoming a Freelance Web Designer. He also has an opinion on just about every subject. You can follow his rants on Twitter @karks88.

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