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How to flip background image using CSS?


Question

How to flip any background image using CSS? Is it possible?

currenty I'm using this arrow image in a background-image of li in css

enter image description here

On :visited I need to flip this arrow horizontally. I can do this to make another image of arrow BUT I'm just curious to know is it possible to flip the image in CSS for :visited

2011/04/24
1
230
4/24/2011 6:33:00 AM

Accepted Answer

I found I way to flip only the background not whole element after seeing a clue to flip in Alex's answer. Thanks alex for your answer

HTML

<div class="prev"><a href="">Previous</a></div>
<div class="next"><a href="">Next</a></div>

CSS

.next a, .prev a {
    width:200px;
    background:#fff
}
 .next {
    float:left
}
 .prev {
    float:right
}
 .prev a:before, .next a:before {
    content:"";
    width:16px;
    height:16px;
    margin:0 5px 0 0;
    background:url(http://i.stack.imgur.com/ah0iN.png) no-repeat 0 0;
    display:inline-block 
}
 .next a:before {
    margin:0 0 0 5px;
    transform:scaleX(-1);
}

See example here http://jsfiddle.net/qngrf/807/

2019/01/19
89
1/19/2019 7:12:12 PM


According to w3schools: http://www.w3schools.com/cssref/css3_pr_transform.asp

The transform property is supported in Internet Explorer 10, Firefox, and Opera. Internet Explorer 9 supports an alternative, the -ms-transform property (2D transforms only). Safari and Chrome support an alternative, the -webkit-transform property (3D and 2D transforms). Opera supports 2D transforms only.

This is a 2D transform, so it should work, with the vendor prefixes, on Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari, and IE9+.

Other answers used :before to stop it from flipping the inner content. I used this on my footer (to vertically-mirror the image from my header):

HTML:

<footer>
<p><a href="page">Footer Link</a></p>
<p>&copy; 2014 Company</p>
</footer>

CSS:

footer {
background:url(/img/headerbg.png) repeat-x 0 0;

/* flip background vertically */
-webkit-transform:scaleY(-1);
-moz-transform:scaleY(-1);
-ms-transform:scaleY(-1);
-o-transform:scaleY(-1);
transform:scaleY(-1);
}

/* undo the vertical flip for all child elements */
footer * {
-webkit-transform:scaleY(-1);
-moz-transform:scaleY(-1);
-ms-transform:scaleY(-1);
-o-transform:scaleY(-1);
transform:scaleY(-1);
}

So you end up flipping the element and then re-flipping all its children. Works with nested elements, too.

2014/01/29

For what it's worth, for Gecko-based browsers you can't condition this thing off of :visited due to the resulting privacy leaks. See http://hacks.mozilla.org/2010/03/privacy-related-changes-coming-to-css-vistited/

2011/04/24

You can flip both vertical and horizontal at the same time

    -moz-transform: scaleX(-1) scaleY(-1);
    -o-transform: scaleX(-1) scaleY(-1);
    -webkit-transform: scaleX(-1) scaleY(-1);
    transform: scaleX(-1) scaleY(-1);

And with the transition property you can get a cool flip

    -webkit-transition: transform .4s ease-out 0ms;
    -moz-transition: transform .4s ease-out 0ms;
    -o-transition: transform .4s ease-out 0ms;
    transition: transform .4s ease-out 0ms;
    transition-property: transform;
    transition-duration: .4s;
    transition-timing-function: ease-out;
    transition-delay: 0ms;

Actually it flips the whole element, not just the background-image

SNIPPET

function flip(){
 var myDiv = document.getElementById('myDiv');
 if (myDiv.className == 'myFlipedDiv'){
  myDiv.className = '';
 }else{
  myDiv.className = 'myFlipedDiv';
 }
}
#myDiv{
  display:inline-block;
  width:200px;
  height:20px;
  padding:90px;
  background-color:red;
  text-align:center;
  -webkit-transition:transform .4s ease-out 0ms;
  -moz-transition:transform .4s ease-out 0ms;
  -o-transition:transform .4s ease-out 0ms;
  transition:transform .4s ease-out 0ms;
  transition-property:transform;
  transition-duration:.4s;
  transition-timing-function:ease-out;
  transition-delay:0ms;
}
.myFlipedDiv{
  -moz-transform:scaleX(-1) scaleY(-1);
  -o-transform:scaleX(-1) scaleY(-1);
  -webkit-transform:scaleX(-1) scaleY(-1);
  transform:scaleX(-1) scaleY(-1);
}
<div id="myDiv">Some content here</div>

<button onclick="flip()">Click to flip</button>

2015/09/20

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