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CSS text-shadow Property

The text-shadow property adds shadow to text.

A shadow is described by X and Y offsets relative to the element, blur radii and color.

This property accepts a comma-separated list of shadows to be applied to the text.

CSS Demo: text-shadow

text-shadow: 3px 2px;
text-shadow: 3px 2px red;
text-shadow: 3px 2px 5px #007eff;
text-shadow: 3px 2px 30px #007eff;
text-shadow: -5px -5px 20px green;

Specify text-shadow using:

  • Two or three length values
    • If only two values are given, they are interpreted as offset-x offset-y values
    • If a third value is given, it is interpreted as a blur-radius
  • Optionally, a color value

Technical Details

Default value "none"
Applies to all elements
Inherited yes
Computed value as specified
Animatable yes See animatable properties. Demo
Version CSS3
JavaScript syntax object.style.textShadow = "10px 4px 8px red" Demo

CSS Syntax:

text-shadow: offset-x offset-y blur-radius color|none|initial|inherit;


The following example shows how to use text-shadow property:

Run code

Note: If both the shadow offset values are set to 0, then the shadow is placed behind the text and may generate a blur effect when blur-radius is specified.

The text-shadow property accepts a comma-separated list of shadows to be applied to the text:

Run code

Browser compatibility

The numbers in the table specify the first browser version that fully supports the text-shadow property:

text-shadow 4 3.5 9.6 4 10

Property Values

The following table describes the values of text-shadow property:

Value Description
offset-x The horizontal offset of the shadow. A negative value places the shadow to the left of the text
offset-y The vertical offset of the shadow. A negative value places the shadow above the text
blur-radius Specifies blur radius. The larger this value, the bigger the blur, so the shadow becomes bigger and lighter. Negative values are not allowed. If not specified, it will be 0
color Specifies color of the shadow. If not specified, the color used depends on the browser - it is usually the value of the text color
none No shadow will be displayed (This is default)
initial Sets this property to its default value
inherit Inherits this property from its parent element

See also

CSS Shadows tutorial

CSS box-shadow property