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Tailwind CSS drop shadow effect for PNG images

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How to add a drop shadow effect to PNG images in Tailwind CSS

4 Feb, 2022 ยท 2 min read

Did you know that you can apply a drop-shadow to PNG images? This drop shadow will follow the outline of the image!

In this article, I'll show you how to achieve this drop shadow effect in Tailwind CSS.

Tailwind drop shadow effect for PNG images

The above image shows the default PNG image on the left and a drop-shadow effect on the right.

Tailwind CSS Drop Shadow effect

You need to use a PNG (transparent) to achieve this effect.

And apply the drop-shadow class. You can pick any of the following variants:

  • drop-shadow-sm
  • drop-shadow
  • drop-shadow-md
  • drop-shadow-lg
  • drop-shadow-xl
  • drop-shadow-2xl

Note if you are still in Tailwind V2, you'll have to use the filter class as well.

Tailwind CSS Box Shadow effect

Alternatively, you might have seen or heard about the box-shadow effect. This effect will not wrap around the edges of your PNG; instead, use the box it is in.

You can see the box-shadow on the left and the drop shadow effect on the right in the image below.

Tailwind box-shadow vs drop shadow effect

The box-shadow can be added by using any of the following classes:

  • shadow-sm
  • shadow
  • shadow-md
  • shadow-lg
  • shadow-xl
  • shadow-2xl

I've also made this CodePen example to see the options' differences.

See the Pen Tailwind CSS drop shadow effect for PNG images by Chris Bongers (@rebelchris) on CodePen.

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