Friday, February 07, 2014

Fullscreen Overlay Effects

Some simple and creative overlay styles and effects. From sliding the overlay into the viewport to using SVG morphing shapes, we explore some effects for fullscreen overlays.

Fullscreen Overlay Effects

Today we'd like to share some inspiration on fullscreen overlay styles and effects with you. Like with any UI component, there are new trends and styles emerging and we'd like to try out some subtle, as well as fancy effects for overlays. The special thing about these overlays is that they don't have a fixed size like modals but they occupy all the screen, so when creating effects one has to take that into account and not overdo it. But that does not mean that we can't go crazy and use some fresh and interesting effects, like, for example, morphing SVG shapes.

Note that these effects were created with modern browsers in mind so they might not show the desired effect in older ones. You should, of course, provide some kind of fallback for older browsers.

An example for a subtle, yet interesting effect is the first one which got inspired by the same effect on Huge. The idea is to fade in the overlay and to rotate what's inside slightly in 3D:

.overlay-hugeinc {
    opacity: 0;
    visibility: hidden;
    transition: opacity 0.5s, visibility 0s 0.5s;
} {
    opacity: 1;
    visibility: visible;
    transition: opacity 0.5s;

.overlay-hugeinc nav {
    perspective: 1200px;

.overlay-hugeinc nav ul {
    opacity: 0.4;
    transform: translateY(-25%) rotateX(35deg);
    transition: transform 0.5s, opacity 0.5s;
} nav ul {
    opacity: 1;
    transform: rotateX(0deg);

.overlay-hugeinc.close nav ul {
    transform: translateY(25%) rotateX(-35deg);

We use the visibility trick to make the overlay disappear completely: we set a transition delay for the visibility property which allows the opacity to be transitioned first.

For some of the SVG examples we use Snap.svg to morph a path into another one. For the "little boxes" example we used SVG with some JS to control the appearing of the boxes, but you could of course also use CSS for the control or not use SVG at all.

We hope you enjoy these effects and find them inspiring!

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