Background gradients – Webflow CSS tutorial (using the Old UI)


Background Gradients are magical. You can use them on their own or even on top
of an existing Background color or image. But first, let’s clear up a couple things:
#1: The verb is “gradate”; not “gradiate.” and #2: When we’re talking about “stops” we’re
talking about the set points along the Gradient from which colors fade from one to another. And we’re going to cover two types of Gradients
we can use in our projects: linear Gradients and radial Gradients. Let’s start with linear. And here on the page we have a section which already has a Background image and
some content inside. Let’s select the section, because this is
what we want to start styling. If we go down and add a Gradient, we see our
default black and white stops. Before we make any changes to those, let’s
click around to see what some of the angle directions do, and we can even grab our angle
dial and drag to adjust with some more precision. Or, if we’re really fans of extreme control,
we can type in an angle and press enter. Double-clicking a stop gets us
access to the color picker. And from here, of course, we can change the
color on this stop as well as the opacity. And as we adjust the opacity, the Background
image becomes visible again. Let’s click out. At any time, we can add additional stops by
clicking underneath the Gradient preview. And we can adjust these stop positions by
clicking and dragging on any of them. And to remove, just drag the stop down and out. We also have an option to reverse the stops. And it does just that: it reverses the order
of the stops. If we move the rightmost stop to about 75%,
for example, we see that the last color simply continues, unless…we toggle Repeating. We get linear repeating which is controlled
by the positioning of the first and last stops. This will still respect the angle we’ve set. That’s a linear Gradient. Let’s do radial Gradients. Here’s a different section — this one also
has content. Let’s select it and go down again to add a
Gradient — this time we’ll select Radial. And two things here to cover before we get started: #1: The center color (the color at the center
of the radial Gradient) is the one we see in our Gradient preview to the left.
and #2: Moving the focal point will set the position of that focal point in the radial
Gradient, but the fade type is controlled by the radius preset. This is one of those times where visually
manipulating CSS properties is life-changingly helpful. And by default, we have Farthest Corner. And as we adjust our focal point, the Gradient
will continue gradating outward until it hits the farthest corner. Plain and simple. Closest Corner does the same thing, but it
stops gradating when it hits the closest corner. Farthest side goes until it hits the farthest side. Closest side…you get the idea. Just like a linear Gradient, we can double-click
the stops to change color and opacity. And we can add additional stops by clicking
underneath the Gradient preview. We can still reverse our stops. And we can still toggle repeating. Let’s continue to adjust these stops to demonstrate
radial repeating. The possibilities here are limitless — but
suffice it to say: linear and radial Gradients give us the flexibility to create simple or even complex color patterns and fades as Background layers.

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