There is a lot of confusion about parallax design and how it works online. In general, parallax design uses motion to create the illusion of depth to the side.

This can be related to background changes or semi-fixed location objects that move alongside the user scrolling. We have covered many examples websites, but you are not familiar with the techniques in detail.

For this collection, I have selected my favorite CSS and JavaScript snippets to create parallax layouts. All examples provide free source code, so you can play with snippets and even use them in your own projects.

1. Large crash by CJ Gammon

This parallax example is one of the most unique interfaces I have ever found. It uses a custom script to create a waterfall that seems to flow endlessly down the page. It’s built on a canvas that is controlled via JavaScript, so it’s a pretty technical installation.

For the most part, this is a testament to the reality of what is possible in modern web development. Learning fabric element gives you a lot of control over your design.

Look at the pen Great autumn by CJ Gammon

2. CSS as a scrolling parallax by Sebastian Schepis

Here is a much more practical parallax effect on a solid background and larger pages on top. As you scroll, each page section appears above the background. This creates the illusion of depth and is one of the most important elements of parallax design.

Developer Sebastian Schepis has only used CSS for this page and it is a fairly simple concept. I think anyone could easily clone this without improving the background design.

Look at the pen CSS scrolling parallax effect by Sebastian Schepis

3. Simple picture tag Parallax by Renan Breno

You will often find parallax models combined with large ones full screen background pictures. These are far too common on company websites and startups, where they usually have a certain parallax “scrolling speed” for the background.

The difference here is not so much in how fast you scroll down the page or how large the image placement is. Instead, you can see how fast the image moves through the background of the page as you scroll. It’s a subtle parallax effect, but this layout is a great model for seeing different animation speeds in action.

Look at the pen Simple photo tag Parallax by Renan Breno

4. Parallax and fixed backgrounds

Fixed image backgrounds work well for sharing pages and sharing content sections evenly. As you scroll, it can feel that individual page sections are higher than wallpapers. This is all designed to breathe the parallax effect during scrolling.

I wouldn’t use this exact layout because the content areas look a bit thin. But if you like this style, I recommend separating each page section with a different image that is relevant to your website.

Look at the pen #Maincode Hackdays by chaobu

5. CSS parallax by Paulo Cunha

This example of parallax is a unique example of how parallax effects work. All page content is great below hero image which disappears under the scrolled content. This also uses a fixed image position to make it look like the page is moving on top of the image instead of holding the image in place.

You can use the same effect a long scrolling layout and would have a similar design. I think this would work best in individual blog posts with big pictures, or landing pages that use big heroes to get attention.

Look at the pen CSS parallax by Paulo Cunha

6. Parallax design by Katie Rogers

Here is an interesting parallax design for a wedding sample page. There is shared page design where images separate many different areas of content with fixed parallax scrolling. Everything works with CSS, which is a nice touch, and all wallpapers stay fixed as you move down the page.

This effect works because content areas have large screen shadows by dropping backgrounds. Naturally, this creates the illusion of depth by giving the page a theoretical light source and hierarchy. Very great idea for a one page layout.

Look at the pen Parallax design by Katie Rogers

7. Scroll the wallpaper parallax by Rich Howell

Earlier, I mentioned how the scrolling speed can vary depending on the rate of change of background location. Well, this example is a perfect comparison to see how this works in action.

Note that you must use the scroll bar to see the effects of this example. I tried the mouse wheel and saw no difference, but you can see the speed changes in the columns as you move the scroll bar.

None of these velocities is a false or inaccurate picture of parallax design. They are just different ways to create movement on a page, and this little example is a great way to visualize many options.

Look at the pen Scrolling wallpaper parallax by Rich Howell

8. Starry parallax background by Saransh Sinha

Although this effect is not related to scrolling, it is directly related to parallax design. It uses pure CSS to create a parallax star animation in the background of the page. You can add text and even a content area on top of the page, but the stars create depth at a glance.

The animation is done via CSS, but this snippet uses Sassi and Compass, so it would be helpful to understand them before editing.

Look at the pen Parallax star background in CSS by Saransh Sinha

9. Canvas Parallax Skyline by Jack Rugile

Sometimes parallax models also focus on mouse movement with scrolling properties. This fabric design creates an endless silhouette effect that responds to mouse movement on the page. As you move your mouse, the viewing angle changes. But the animation stays the same, and you can see this horizon moving with a clear visual hierarchy.

Naturally, this requires JavaScript for animation, as it is a rather complex idea. But it’s also not found on many websites, so it’s not something you copy on your site as well. But as a parallax concept, this is really interesting.

Look at the pen Canvas Parallax Skyline by Jack Rugile

10. Broken glass filter by Bajjy Xilo

I’ve seen this effect on websites before, and it creates a very special look. broken glass filter gives the illusion of dividing the wallpaper into many different parts. It looks like the image was on the glass screen, and it broke, breaking the image and the oblique image.

You can copy this effect with pure CSS, and it’s one of those neat effects that’s great to do, but may not have a practical, real use besides great templates. Yet this is an impressive example of the depth and movement of parallax during scrolling.

Look at the pen BrokenGlass css filter by Bajjy Xilo


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