bsr bsr - 10 months ago 138
CSS Question

SVG drop shadow using css3

Is it possible to set drop shadow for an svg element using css3 , something like

box-shadow: -5px -5px 5px #888;-webkit-box-shadow: -5px -5px 5px #888;

I saw some remarks on creating shadow using filter effects. Is there an example of using css alone. Below is a working code where the cusor style is correctly applied, but no shadow effect. Please help me to get the shadow effect with least bit of code.

========= Code ==============

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE HTML><html xmlns="" xml:lang="en">
<style type="text/css" media="screen">
svg .shadow { cursor:crosshair;
-moz-box-shadow: -5px -5px 5px #888;
-webkit-box-shadow: -5px -5px 5px #888;
box-shadow: -5px -5px 5px #888; }
<meta http-equiv="content-type" content="application/xhtml+xml; charset=utf-8" />
<svg xmlns="" xmlns:xlink="" version="1.1" baseProfile="full" viewBox="0 0 120 70">
<rect class="shadow" x="10" y="10" width="100" height="50" fill="#c66" />

Answer Source

Here's an example of applying dropshadow to some svg using the 'filter' property. If you want to control the opacity of the dropshadow have a look at this example. The slope attribute controls how much opacity to give to the dropshadow.

Relevant bits from the example:

<filter id="dropshadow" height="130%">
  <feGaussianBlur in="SourceAlpha" stdDeviation="3"/> <!-- stdDeviation is how much to blur -->
  <feOffset dx="2" dy="2" result="offsetblur"/> <!-- how much to offset -->
    <feMergeNode/> <!-- this contains the offset blurred image -->
    <feMergeNode in="SourceGraphic"/> <!-- this contains the element that the filter is applied to -->
<circle r="10" style="filter:url(#dropshadow)"/>

Box-shadow is defined to work on CSS boxes (read: rectangles), while svg is a bit more expressive than just rectangles. Read the SVG Primer to learn a bit more about what you can do with SVG filters.