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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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Cool Sprites Overlapped CSS Menu

Are you looking to improve the appearance of your site, but don't want to slow it down in the process?  If so, then the Cool Sprites tutorial is just for you.  Cool Sprites uses CSS sprites to create menus with a unique, overlapped look. 

If a page is loaded with images, which can include menu items, it could suffer from very lethargic loading times.  The more images there are, the more requests must be met.  Cool Sprites addresses this problem and also helps make your page more aesthetically pleasing at the same time.  CSS sprites combine multiple images into a single one, hence the overlapping technique.  By combining images into a single image, CSS sprites reduce the number of image requests to a web page. Cool Sprites offers four different menu styles, and it is pure CSS.  The styles differ in color and some include items that will pop out when you hover over them with your cursor for a nice 3D effect.

Link: http://deepubalan.com/blog/2010/01/18/cool-sprites-free-overlapped-css-menu-using-css-sprites/

Create an Animated Menu with Just CSS3

An animated menu may not work for every site out there, especially if it has to be professional and cater to a more serious crowd.  However, your site may have a target audience that is younger, or it may have a fun theme and lighthearted theme.  If so, an animated menu will fit in perfectly. 

This tutorial will teach you how to create an animated menu with pure CSS.  The procedure is rather simple overall, and it is broken down into several easy steps.  It uses transforms, transitions, and the @font-face.  You'll see how to customize the menu items' font, how to animate the menu, and animate the rotation of the items.  Any limitations across browsers are explained as well.

Link: http://designshack.co.uk/articles/css/creating-a-fun-animated-navigation-menu-with-pure-css

How to Create an Elastic Thumbnail Menu

This tutorial offers up instructions on how to make a menu that has a real “wow” factor to it.  The subject at hand is referred to as an elastic thumbnail menu, and it is a great way to spruce up your site's foundation.  The end result is definitely impressive, but the tasks that are executed are rather simple.  When you hover over each menu item with your cursor, the item gets magnified.  As it is magnified, it also moves in an upward direction.  This gives the item the appearance as if it is jumping off the page at you.  The code used to create the elastic thumbnails is very concise, so the tutorial offers you a way to give your menus a lot of pizazz quickly.

Link: http://buildinternet.com/2009/09/sproing-make-an-elastic-thumbnail-menu/

Create a Slide-down Box Menu

We saved the best tutorial for last.  What makes this the best of the bunch?  Simply put, the final effect is amazing.  Adding the slide-down box menu to your site will definitely catch the eye of your visitors. 

On the surface, the menu appears to be rather bland and simple, until you move your cursor over it.  Placing your cursor over each menu item causes the text to slide down and a large image to appear in its original place.  Even better, you can add submenus that will slide out on either the left or right side of the box.  The animation is crisp and clean.  The menu employs jQuery and CSS3, and details on how to create it are explained in a thorough manner.

Link: http://tympanus.net/codrops/2010/07/16/slide-down-box-menu/








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