CSS image reflections with box-reflect


A super cool one-line CSS option to reflect images

14 Mar, 2021 · 2 min read

Did you know CSS has a custom reflection property? It’s a pretty cool addition to reflect an image to a specific side.

We can create these reflections using the box-reflect property.

Curious to see what the reflection can look like, check out this Codepen using box-reflect.

See the Pen CSS image reflections with box-reflect by Chris Bongers (@rebelchris) on CodePen.

Reflecting image using CSS

For our example, we are using a super simple markup using just one image.

<img src="myimage.png" />

Then we can use the box-reflect class to enable our reflection:

img {
  -webkit-box-reflect: below;

This will give us the following result:

CSS Box-reflect below

We can use the following options:

  • below
  • above
  • left
  • right

And even place a offset:

img {
  -webkit-box-reflect: right 20px;

Box-reflect offset right

And even cooler, we can add a gradient as the fade-out effect using the third parameter.

img {
  -webkit-box-reflect: below 0px linear-gradient(to bottom, rgba(0, 0, 0, 0), rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.4));

Browser support

Box-reflect doesn’t have the best support, but it’s upcoming. So far, Firefox and IE have no support at all.

CSS Box-reflect browser support

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