Create Your Own Layered Parallax Design

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Directions, code examples and a sandbox for creating your own parallax designs. Follow this tutorial to create your very own layered scene.

Mouse over the scene above. You’ll notice that there are several layers that react on their own. This is an example of a parallax design.

What is parallax design?

One fairly recent web design trend is parallax scrolling, which involves the background moving at a slower rate to the foreground, creating a 3D effect as you scroll down the page.

The code below is the list that contains the elements that float on top of each other. These can be swapped out to create any scene you want. Each of the elements below are pngs that float over top of one another. They are offset with padding so they are positioned the way I want. You’ll need to play with the size and padding depending on what it is you want to create.


Parallax Design CSS

The CSS below contains the gradients, colors, layer definitions and positioning. This is where you will update the look and feel.


Parallax Design JS and jQuery

This is where the magic happens. Use the code below to effect how the content reacts with it’s surroundings.


See the Pen Parallax Layered Scene by Nate Balcom (@nbalcom) on CodePen.



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