18 CSS Clip Path Tutorials, Examples & Tools

CSS clip-path attribute is the star of the show either in CSS, via SVG or a mix of the two of them, it will clip the image and hide portions outside the clipping region without changing the image file. To give you a clue what you can do with this CSS property, here are some useful tutorials, examples and tools for working with css clip path.

Making Sense of Clip Path

Simply the way it works is to provide a series of X and Y values to create a path. These values, when used to create a full path, clip the image inside to the dimensions of the path. We can create many different shapes from circles, ellipsis, polygons. Creativity is the only limit.

Making Sense of Clip Path

Creating Responsive Shapes With Clip-Path And Breaking Out Of The Box

While the focus of this article is on clip-path using polygons with CSS, all of the demos provide a reference to an inline SVG, in order to gain additional support on Firefox. Generating a responsive SVG clipped shape is trivial once you have created a responsive shape with CSS’ clip-path.

Creating Responsive Shapes With Clip-Path And Breaking Out Of The Box

MultiLayer Effects With CSS Clip Paths, Filters, and Blend Modes

CSS blend modes, clipping paths and filters make a number of effects that were previously available only in PhotoShop possible on the web. One possibility that combines these CSS properties is overlaying images, for before-and-after comparisons or to achieve other visual effects.

MultiLayer Effects With CSS Clip Paths, Filters, and Blend Modes

Animating SVG With Clipping Masks and CSS

Incase you’re unfamiliar with it, a clipping mask is a path or object that masks other paths. Paths or groups that are clipped by a mask will have a display-area masked by the shape and position of their clipping parent.


Clipping in CSS and SVG

CSS and SVG have a lot in common. A lot of the features that we have in CSS today were imported from SVG. One of these features is the Clipping operation. Both CSS and SVG allow us to “clip” elements into custom non-rectangular shapes. In this article we will go over the clipping techniques in both CSS and SVG, covering everything you need to know to get started.


CSS Shapes 101

Rectangles inside other rectangles: this is what our webpages have always been made of. We’ve long tried to break free from their restrictions by using CSS to create geometric shapes, but those shapes have never affected the content inside the shaped element, or how the element is seen by other elements on the page.

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Why you should be excited about CSS shapes

Before CSS shapes came along, we were more or less locked into standard layouts of rectangular columns. We had to explain to designers who came from print design that no, we can’t make the text flow around your beautifully cropped image of Beyoncé.


SVG Patterns, Rotation and Clippaths

One of the strengths of SVG is the ability to easily reuse graphics and transform each instance in a different way.

SVG Patterns, Rotation and Clippaths

Card Expansion Effect with SVG clipPath

A morphing card expansion effect enhanced by a low poly background animation, using SVG clipPath and Trianglify.


Experiments with CSS Clip Path

Using CSS3 3D transforms, we can make each rhombus rotate in. We could start off with the second layer of rhombus’ rotated backwards so the image is upside down. Then, when you hover on the image, they rotate back in to zero degrees.

Experiments with CSS Clip Path

CSS Clipping Path with CSS Shapes

Basic shape masking with no SVG markup. Single element. One line of CSS. Chrome only.

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CSS clip-path border

This method uses an inside and outside element, the background of the outside one being the border.

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Animating CSS Mask

Example of animating a CSS mask using ‘clip-path’ from HTML5Rocks.


Clip-path: shape transition

For a smooth transition between two clipping paths on hover, the number of polygon points must be the same for both paths.

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CSS Chart with clip-path


Clippy — CSS clip-path maker

Clippy is a tool for generating values for shape functions for the new and cool CSS clip-path property.


CSS Shapes Editor for Chrome

The extension adds a new sidebar to the Elements panel, called Shapes. This sidebar lists the computed style of shape and clip-path properties for the selected element. Click the “pointer” icon next to a property value to edit an existing path, or click the “plus” icon to create a new one.


Clip Path Generator

Clip Path (Mask) CSS code generator is very useful tool you can use to create CSS masking on your page. You can create any CSS clip path code just with your mouse without any coding.


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