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We all know that image thumbnails are pretty boring until they have some neat hover effect on them, or some kind of jazzy animation before the user clicks on them.

So, here is a tutorial which uses CSS3 to achieve a 3D hover effect on the image thumbnails. It certainly looks neat. If you don’t believe me, read the tutorial and check out the demo yourself!


Make a new HTML file called index.html and copy the following code into it.

<!doctype html>
<meta charset="utf-8">
<title>3d Thumbnails</title>
<link href="thumbstyle.css" type="text/css" rel="stylesheet" />
<h1>3D Thumbnails</h1>
<div class="container">
<div class="thumb">
	<!-- Image -->
	<a href="#" class="image1">
		<!-- Label -->
		<span>Friends Forever!</span>
<div class="thumb">
	<!-- Image -->
	<a href="#" class="image2">
		<!-- Label -->
		<span>Smile Forever!</span>
<div class="thumb">
	<!-- Image -->
	<a href="#" class="image3">
		<!-- Label -->
		<span>Angry Forever!</span>
<div class="thumb">
	<!-- Image -->
	<a href="#" class="image4">
		<!-- Label -->
		<span>Happy Forever!</span>
<div class="thumb">
	<!-- Image -->
	<a href="#" class="image5">
		<!-- Label -->
		<span>Batman Forever!</span>
<div class="thumb">
	<!-- Image -->
	<a href="#" class="image6">
		<!-- Label -->
		<span>Wild Forever!</span>
<div class="thumb">
	<!-- Image -->
	<a href="#" class="image7">
		<!-- Label -->
		<span>Cartoon Forever!</span>
<div class="thumb">
	<!-- Image -->
	<a href="#" class="image8">
		<!-- Label -->
		<span>3D Forever!</span>
<div class="thumb">
	<!-- Image -->
	<a href="#" class="image9">
		<!-- Label -->
		<span>Sad Forever!</span>
<div class="thumb">
	<!-- Image -->
	<a href="#" class="image10">
		<!-- Label -->
		<span>Flying Forever!</span>
<div class="thumb">
	<!-- Image -->
	<a href="#" class="image11">
		<!-- Label -->
		<span>Strong Forever!</span>
<div class="thumb">
	<!-- Image -->
	<a href="#" class="image12">
		<!-- Label -->
		<span>Dragon Forever!</span>
<div class="thumb">
	<!-- Image -->
	<a href="#" class="image13">
		<!-- Label -->
		<span>Monster Forever!</span>
<div class="thumb">
	<!-- Image -->
	<a href="#" class="image14">
		<!-- Label -->
		<span>Nature Forever!</span>

The above code is just plain HTML for image thumbnails. The core work is done through the CSS file.


Make a new CSS file and name it thumbstyle.css and save it in the same location as the above index.html file.

@import url(https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Allan);
/*basic reset*/
* {margin: 0; padding: 0;}
/*forcing the body to take 100% height*/
html, body {min-height: 100%;}
/*a nice BG*/
body {
	background: #360; /*fallback*/
	background: linear-gradient( #09C, #06C);
h1 {font-family:Allan; text-align:center; font-size:60px; color:#FFF; margin:20px; text-shadow:1px 1px #333;}
.container {width:100%; margin:30px auto 30px 30px;}
/*Thumbnail Background*/
.thumb {
	width: 200px; height: 200px; margin:30px;
	perspective: 1000px; -webkit-perspective:1000px; float:left;
.thumb a {
	display: block; width: 100%; height: 100%;
	transform-style: preserve-3d; -ms-transform-style:preserve-3d; -moz-transform-style: preserve-3d; -webkit-transform-style: preserve-3d; -o-transform-style: preserve-3d;
    -webkit-transition:all .50s;	-moz-transition:all .50s;	-o-transition:all .50s; transition:all .50s;
.thumb:hover a {transform: rotateX(80deg); -webkit-transform:rotateX(80deg); -ms-transform:rotateX(80deg); -moz-transform:rotateX(80deg); -o-transform:rotateX(80deg); transform-origin: bottom; -webkit-transform-origin:bottom;}
/*bottom surface */
.thumb a:after {
	/*36px high element positioned at the bottom of the image*/
	content: ''; position: absolute; left: 0; bottom: 0; 
	width: 100%; height: 36px;
	/*inherit the main BG*/
	background: rgba(0,0,0,0.8); background-size: cover, cover;
	/*draw the BG bottom up*/
	background-position: bottom;
	/*rotate the surface 90deg on the bottom axis*/
	transform: rotateX(90deg); -webkit-transform:rotateX(90deg); -ms-transform:rotateX(90deg); -moz-transform:rotateX(90deg); -o-transform:rotateX(90deg); transform-origin: bottom;-webkit-transform-origin:bottom;
/*label style*/
.thumb a span {
	color: #fff; text-transform: uppercase;
	position: absolute; top: 100%; left: 0; width: 100%;
	font: 22px Allan; text-align: center; padding-top:5px;
	/*the rotation is a bit less than the bottom surface to avoid flickering*/
	transform: rotateX(-89.99deg);  -webkit-transform:rotateX(-89.99deg); -ms-transform:rotateX(-89.99deg); -moz-transform:rotateX(-89.99deg); -o-transform:rotateX(-89.99deg);transform-origin: top;-webkit-transform-origin:top;
	z-index: 1;
.thumb a:before {
	content: ''; position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0;
	width: 100%; height: 100%;
	background: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.5); 
	box-shadow: 0 0 100px 50px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.6);
	transition: all 0.5s; 
	/*by default the shadow will be almost flat, very transparent, scaled down with a large blur*/
	opacity: 0.15;
	transform: rotateX(95deg) translateZ(-80px) scale(0.75);  -webkit-transform: rotateX(95deg) translateZ(-80px) scale(0.75); -ms-transform: rotateX(95deg) translateZ(-80px) scale(0.75); -moz-transform: rotateX(95deg) translateZ(-80px) scale(0.75); -o-transform: rotateX(95deg) translateZ(-80px) scale(0.75);
	transform-origin: bottom;-webkit-transform-origin:bottom;
.thumb:hover a:before {
	opacity: 1;
	/*blurred effect using box shadow as filter: blur is not supported in all browsers*/
	box-shadow: 0 0 25px 25px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.5);
	/*pushing the shadow down and scaling it down to size*/
	transform: rotateX(0) translateZ(-60px) scale(0.85); -webkit-transform: rotateX(0) translateZ(-60px) scale(0.85); -ms-transform: rotateX(0) translateZ(-60px) scale(0.85); -moz-transform: rotateX(0) translateZ(-60px) scale(0.85); -o-transform: rotateX(0) translateZ(-60px) scale(0.85); 

.thumb a.image1 {background: url(https://d13yacurqjgara.cloudfront.net/users/10562/screenshots/872407/marceline_dribble.jpg) center; background-size:cover;}
.thumb a.image2 {background: url(https://d13yacurqjgara.cloudfront.net/users/33320/screenshots/482481/3d_face.jpg) center; background-size:cover;}
.thumb a.image3 {background: url(https://d13yacurqjgara.cloudfront.net/users/33320/screenshots/951112/cartman.png) center; background-size:cover;}
.thumb a.image4 {background: url(https://d13yacurqjgara.cloudfront.net/users/4467/screenshots/661196/sasquatch-troop-full.jpg) center; background-size:cover;}
.thumb a.image5 {background: url(https://d13yacurqjgara.cloudfront.net/users/40016/screenshots/1358207/bats_1x.png) center; background-size:cover;}
.thumb a.image6 {background: url(https://d13yacurqjgara.cloudfront.net/users/4467/screenshots/304344/tony-the-tiger.jpg) center; background-size:cover;}
.thumb a.image7 {background: url(https://d13yacurqjgara.cloudfront.net/users/10562/screenshots/258839/the_flintstones_dribble.jpg) center; background-size:cover;}
.thumb a.image8 {background: url(https://d13yacurqjgara.cloudfront.net/users/113424/screenshots/709032/dr1.png) center; background-size:cover;}
.thumb a.image9 {background: url(https://d13yacurqjgara.cloudfront.net/users/35950/screenshots/1143200/redhead_1x.jpg) center; background-size:cover;}
.thumb a.image10 {background: url(https://d13yacurqjgara.cloudfront.net/users/4767/screenshots/137253/shot_1301072406.png) center; background-size:cover;}
.thumb a.image11 {background: url(https://d13yacurqjgara.cloudfront.net/users/4767/screenshots/1090838/warrior_1x.png) center; background-size:cover;}
.thumb a.image12 {background: url(https://d13yacurqjgara.cloudfront.net/users/4767/screenshots/454459/dragon.png) center; background-size:cover;}
.thumb a.image13 {background: url(https://d13yacurqjgara.cloudfront.net/users/67884/screenshots/1117880/ahhhh_monster__1x.jpg) center; background-size:cover;}
.thumb a.image14 {background: url(https://d13yacurqjgara.cloudfront.net/users/2404/screenshots/24018/shot_1275616378.jpg) center; background-size:cover;}

To add or delete images, just edit the .thumb a.image class in the CSS file.

Demo & Files

Here is the working demo and link to the files that you can download :-

3D Thumbnails Demo
Download Files

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