The CSS text-shadow property

Updated on August 20, 2020


The CSS text-shadow property

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The CSS text-shadow property is similar to the box-shadow property, but the shadow is applied to each letter instead of the boundaries of the element:

text-shadow: 2px 2px 1px rgba(0,0,0,0.4);

The values go in this order: offset-x offset-y blur-radius color.

You can also define multiple shadows:

text-shadow: 45px 25px 4px rgb(25,93,229),
             25px 15px 1px rgb(25,93,229);

Note that, as with the box-shadow property, you can define multiple comma-separated shadows. Unlike with box-shadow however, you can’t define a spread value or use the inset keyword for text shadows. There are ways to create a text shadow that looks like an inset shadow, but the shadow itself won’t actually be inset.


Here’s the result of the 2 text shadows from the above snippet:

I'm just some text in the world with a basic shadow.

I'm just some text in the world with two shadows.

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