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Gradient shadow in pure CSS

Gradient shadow in pure CSS

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<button>Let's Go !</button>


Declare colors

:root {
  --purple: #7f00ff;
  --pink: #e100ff;

Styling our button

button {
  font-family: "Roboto", sans-serif;
  font-size: 16px;
  position: relative;
  outline: none;
  border: none;
  -webkit-appearance: none;
  -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent;
  cursor: pointer;
  -webkit-user-select: none;
  -moz-user-select: none;
  -ms-user-select: none;
  user-select: none;
  padding: 0.75em 1.75em;
  border-radius: 50px;
  display: inline-block;
  color: #fff;
  /* Our gradient */
  background: -webkit-gradient(linear, left top, right top, from(var(--purple)), to(var(--pink)));
  background: linear-gradient(to right, var(--purple), var(--pink));

Now, let's create our shadow

button::after {
  content: "";
  position: absolute;
  z-index: -1;
  bottom: -10px;
  left: 5%;
  height: 110%;
  width: 90%;
  opacity: 0.8;
  border-radius: 50px;
  /* Declaring our shadow color inherit from the parent (button) */
  background: inherit;
  /* Blurring the element for shadow effect */
  -webkit-filter: blur(6px);
  -moz-filter: blur(6px);
  -o-filter: blur(6px);
  -ms-filter: blur(6px);
  filter: blur(6px);
  /* Transition for the magic */
  -webkit-transition: all 0.2s;
  transition: all 0.2s;

We have our button and her shadow, now change the style for hover

button:hover::after {
  /* Changing blur effect */
  -webkit-filter: blur(4px);
  -moz-filter: blur(4px);
  -o-filter: blur(4px);
  -ms-filter: blur(4px);
  filter: blur(4px);

  /* And change the style properties */
  width: 100%;
  bottom: -5px;
  left: 0;

For more interactivity, change the active effect

button:hover:active::after {
  -webkit-filter: blur(10px);
  -moz-filter: blur(10px);
  -o-filter: blur(10px);
  -ms-filter: blur(10px);
  filter: blur(10px);

Easy no ?

For some bug and impovements on IE and Edge

/* Edge does not support blur effect, so we can just delete the ::after element and replace it by a box-shadow */

@supports (-ms-ime-align: auto) {
  button {
    -webkit-box-shadow: 0 20px 20px -15px rgba(127, 0, 255, .8);
    box-shadow: 0 20px 20px -15px rgba(127, 0, 255, .8);
  button::after, button:hover::after, button:active::after {
    display: none;

/* And IE does not support CSS variables and blur effect, so we had to make the same and recreate the background-gradient */

@media screen and (-ms-high-contrast: active), (-ms-high-contrast: none) {
  /* Fix css var by calling the hexa colors */
  button {
    background: -webkit-gradient(linear, left top, right top, from(#7f00ff), to(#e100ff));
    background: linear-gradient(to right, #7f00ff, #e100ff);
    -webkit-box-shadow: 0 20px 20px -15px rgba(127, 0, 255, .8);
    box-shadow: 0 20px 20px -15px rgba(127, 0, 255, .8);
    border-collapse: separate;
  /* Deleting the shadow */
  button::after, button:hover::after, button:active::after {
    display: none;

A live version is here

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Very nice!
I think you could use background: inherit; on the ::after psuedo element, that way you're not repeating the gradient declaration.

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Great work!

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@Noctsyndrome, @deansimcox, Thank you ! I've edited the background for inherit, it's better, good job ! :)

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looking good. I've done this a while ago. altho your code looking much better :D

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@Mohsen-Khabiz, your code is really good too ! You just need to change :before to ::before for better compatibility :)

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