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Top 8 CSS3 Menu Tutorials

CSS3 tutorials seem to be in abundance on the web, and they span various categories. If you are having trouble sifting through all of them and want some great tutorials that center on creating menus, you have come to the right place. Here are eight of the top CSS3 tutorials for menus.

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Create a Menu with Some Apple Flair

Apple is known for putting out extremely popular and trendy products.  Beyond their products, Apple also has its own look that has gains plenty of admirers.  Apple's menus used on its iTunes site have a very modern and clean look.  They are simplistic, but stand out on the page at the same time.  The Apple Navigation tutorial will show you how to make menus with CSS3 techniques that will create that distinct Apple look.  The markup is very concise, and the CSS makes frequent use of box-shadow properties.  The tutorial is easy to understand and explains all the code in detail. 

Link: http://designindevelopment.com/css/apple-navigation-with-css3/

How to Build a Mega drop-down Menu

If you have a website that is very extensive or deals with e-commerce, this tutorial will help you build the perfect CSS3 drop-down menu for it.  Drop-down menus are popular with such sites because they can display a lot of content without adding excessive clutter.  Even though the final product may seem complex, the rated time to complete the menu is listed at just 30 minutes. 

The tutorial breaks down every step of the process, including building the navigation bar, coding the drop-down, creating the drop-down container columns, adding and styling content, and more.  You will be able to create containers with multiple columns, allowing you to display loads of information directly from the menu.  It also explains how to deal with compatibility across different browsers.  This is one of the more in-depth tutorials out there when it comes to CSS3 menus, and it leaves no stone unturned.

Link: http://net.tutsplus.com/tutorials/html-css-techniques/how-to-build-a-kick-butt-css3-mega-drop-down-menu/

Boost Your Menu's Look with a Flying Effect

One way to spice up your menu is with a flying effect.  It works by causing your menu item to rise or move upward when someone hovers over it with their cursor.  The flying effect not only looks cool, but it also helps in highlighting and drawing attention to individual menu items.  CSS3's transition property is used to create the animated effect, and it eliminates the need for the use of JavaScript or Flash.  The tutorial also shows you how to tweak the animation by modifying box-shadow properties or color so you can customize the flying effect exactly how you want it.

Link: http://www.webstuffshare.com/2010/06/codesnippet-css3-flying-menu/

How to Create a Cufonized Fly-out Menu

The menu produced in this tutorial has one of the cleanest looks and animations around.  It shows you how to create a full menu that employs jQuery for the effect and CSS3 for the style.  No images are used to create the effect.  Once completed, the final effect is two-fold.  First, when you move your cursor over a menu item, it gets highlighted to produce a 3D hovered look that spans the width of the item.  Second, a description of the menu item appears simultaneously at its side.  Once you move your cursor off the menu item, the description disappears.  This is perfect if you want to make your menu informative but keep its appearance clean at the same time.

Link: http://tympanus.net/codrops/2010/06/28/awesome-cufonized-fly-out-menu/

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