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#76455 (In Topic #15776)
How to Apply CSS3 Transformations to Background Images(by Craig Buckler, Sitepoint)
Scaling, skewing and rotating any element is possible with the CSS3 transform property. It’s supported in all modern browsers (with vendor prefixes) and degrades gracefully, e.g.
Currently, there’s no W3C proposal for background-image transformations. It would be incredibly useful so I suspect one will appear eventually, but that doesn’t help developers who want to use similar effects today.
Fortunately, there is a solution. In essence, it’s a hack which applies the background image to a before or after pseudo element rather than the parent container. The pseudo element can then be transformed independently.
Transforming the Background Only
The container element can have any styles applied but it must be set to position: relative since our pseudo element will be positioned within it. You should also set overflow: hidden unless you’re happy for the background to spill out beyond the container.
Fixing the Background on a Transformed Element
All transforms on the parent container are applied to pseudo elements. Therefore, we need to undo that transformation, e.g. if the container is rotated by 30 degrees, the background must be rotated -30 degrees to return to a fixed position:
The effects work in IE9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera. IE8 will not show any transformations but the background appears.
IE6 and 7 do not support pseudo elements so the background disappears. However, if you want to support those browsers, you could apply a background image to the container then set it to “none” using an advanced selector or conditional CSS.
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