user2578407 user2578407 - 1 year ago 149
CSS Question

How to make a transparent border using CSS?

I'm trying to do something like this for a client who has a blog.

She wanted a semi transparent border. I know that's possible with making it just a background. But I can't seem to find the logic/code behind this kind of css technique for banners. Does anybody know how to do this? It would be a lot of help because that's the look my client's wanting to achieve for his blog....

Answer Source

Well if you want fully transparent than you can use

border: 5px solid transparent;

If you mean opaque/transparent, than you can use

border: 5px solid rgba(255, 255, 255, .5);

Here, a means alpha, which you can scale, 0-1.

Also some might suggest you to use opacity which does the same job as well, the only difference is it will result in child elements getting opaque too, yes, there are some work arounds but rgba seems better than using opacity.

For older browsers, always declare the background color using #(hex) just as a fall back, so that if old browsers doesn't recognize the rgba, they will apply the hex color to your element.


Demo 2 (With a background image for nested div)

Demo 3 (With an img tag instead of a background-image)

body {
    background: url(;   

div.wrap {
    border: 5px solid #fff; /* Fall back, not used in fiddle */
    border: 5px solid rgba(255, 255, 255, .5);
    height: 400px;
    width: 400px;
    margin: 50px;
    border-radius: 50%;

div.inner {
    background: #fff; /* Fall back, not used in fiddle */
    background: rgba(255, 255, 255, .5);
    height: 380px;
    width: 380px;
    border-radius: 50%; 
    margin: auto; /* Horizontal Center */
    margin-top: 10px; /* Vertical Center ... Yea I know, that's 
                         manually calculated*/

Note (For Demo 3): Image will be scaled according to the height and width provided so make sure it doesn't break the scaling ratio.

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