Mayeenul Islam Mayeenul Islam - 3 months ago 18
CSS Question

CSS: Double border with different color

With Photoshop, I can put two different border to an element with two different color. And with that, I can make many dynamic shade-effect with my elements. Even with Photoshop effects, I can manage that with Drop Shadow and Inner Shadow.

On the Web Design concern, if I have design like the image below, how can I achieve that with CSS? Is it really possible?

border with different color

NOTE: I'm giving two borders to the white element: the outer border is white, and the inner border is greyish. Together, they create a dynamic look so that it feels like an inset element, and the white element is pillow embossed. So thing is a bit:

div.white{
border: 2px solid white;
border: 1px solid grey;
}


But you know it's a double declaration, and is invalid. So how can I manage such thing in CSS?

And if I put
border-style: double
then you know I can't pass two different color for the singe
double
border.

div.white{
border: double white grey;
}


Additionally, I'm familiar with LESS CSS Preprocessor. So if such a thing is possible using CSS Preprocessor, please let me know.

Answer

Alternatively, you can use pseudo-elements to do so :) the advantage of the pseudo-element solution is that you can use it to space the inner border at an arbitrary distance away from the actual border, and the background will show through that space. The markup:

body {
  background-image: linear-gradient(180deg, #ccc 50%, #fff 50%);
  background-repeat: no-repeat;
  height: 100vh;
}
.double-border {
  background-color: #ccc;
  border: 4px solid #fff;
  padding: 2em;
  width: 16em;
  height: 16em;
  position: relative;
  margin: 0 auto;
}
.double-border:before {
  background: none;
  border: 4px solid #fff;
  content: "";
  display: block;
  position: absolute;
  top: 4px;
  left: 4px;
  right: 4px;
  bottom: 4px;
  pointer-events: none;
}
<div class="double-border">
  <!-- Content -->
</div>

If you want borders that are consecutive to each other (no space between them), you can use multiple box-shadow declarations (separated by commas) to do so:

body {
  background-image: linear-gradient(180deg, #ccc 50%, #fff 50%);
  background-repeat: no-repeat;
  height: 100vh;
}
.double-border {
  background-color: #ccc;
  border: 4px solid #fff;
  box-shadow:
    inset 0 0 0 4px #eee,
    inset 0 0 0 8px #ddd,
    inset 0 0 0 12px #ccc,
    inset 0 0 0 16px #bbb,
    inset 0 0 0 20px #aaa,
    inset 0 0 0 20px #999,
    inset 0 0 0 20px #888;
  /* And so on and so forth, if you want border-ception */
  margin: 0 auto;
  padding: 3em;
  width: 16em;
  height: 16em;
  position: relative;
}
<div class="double-border">
  <!-- Content -->
</div>