Basic of web animations with Tailwind CSS
Animations on websites serve a purpose: they can draw attention and highlight important elements. Transitioning from plain CSS to Tailwind CSS for animations might initially feel different. That's how I felt too, preferring the classic vanilla CSS way.
However, Tailwind CSS offers its own unique methods, and they can simplify the animation process when you become accustomed to them.
In this blog post, I won’t go into all properties related to animations; I highly recommend checking out the MDN documentation on CSS animation for a comprehensive understanding. Instead, we will focus on some basic examples of animations built with Tailwind CSS and explain how they work.
All code examples are basics so you can easily adapt them to your needs.
The fade-in effect is a classic yet powerful tool for drawing attention to elements as they enter the screen.
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We have to customize the
tailwind.config.ts file to add our animation.
Where to use
Fade-ins are excellent for gracefully introducing elements like additional information, images, or promotional content. They ensure that content doesn’t abruptly appear, offering a polished user experience.
Slide-in animations are essential for a dynamic and interactive UI, making content transition into view smoothly.
We can also use
className only for some basic animations.
Where to Use
Employ slide-in animations to unveil new content, navigation menus, or elements that shouldn’t be immediately visible. It keeps the UI clean and reveals additional content interactively.
Rotating animations can turn static UIs into dynamic, interactive environments.
Where to use
Use rotate animations for interactive elements like refresh icons or loading indicators. They’re also great for adding a playful touch to clickable elements, signaling interactivity.
Scaling animations can breathe life into your UI, making buttons and other elements feel engaging.
Where to use
Scale animation is a great way to add a playful touch to your UI. Use it for buttons, icons, and other elements that should feel interactive. It’s also a great way to signal that an element is clickable.
In this article, we've scratched the surface, focusing on some foundational animations to get you started. To improve your animations skills, I recommend you to play around, mix different styles, and observe how they enhance the user interface.
Tailwind CSS is cool for its ability to offer quick and efficient ways to implement animations using just class names. However, for more complex and tailored animations, customizing the
tailwind.config.ts is necessary. It grants you the flexibility to define and control animations at a granular level, ensuring that the animations align perfectly with your requirements.
If you want more, I’ve curated a collection of animations in a special project. It’s a gallery that showcases a lots of Tailwind CSS animations. Visit animation.ibelick.com to explore it, find inspiration, or pick up ready-to-use codes for your next project.
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