Change color of PNG image via CSS?


Given a transparent PNG displaying a simple shape in white, is it possible to somehow change the color of this through CSS? Some kind of overlay or what not?

7/12/2017 2:53:03 PM

Accepted Answer

You can use filters with -webkit-filter and filter: Filters are relatively new to browsers but supported in over 90% of browsers according to the following CanIUse table:

You can change an image to grayscale, sepia and lot more (look at the example).

So you can now change the color of a PNG file with filters.

body {
    min-width: 800px;
    min-height: 400px
img {
/*Filter styles*/
.saturate { filter: saturate(3); }
.grayscale { filter: grayscale(100%); }
.contrast { filter: contrast(160%); }
.brightness { filter: brightness(0.25); }
.blur { filter: blur(3px); }
.invert { filter: invert(100%); }
.sepia { filter: sepia(100%); }
.huerotate { filter: hue-rotate(180deg); }
.rss.opacity { filter: opacity(50%); }
<!--- img src -->
<img alt="Mona Lisa" src="" title="original">
<img alt="Mona Lisa" src="" title="saturate" class="saturate">
<img alt="Mona Lisa" src="" title="grayscale" class="grayscale">
<img alt="Mona Lisa" src="" title="contrast" class="contrast">
<img alt="Mona Lisa" src="" title="brightness" class="brightness">
<img alt="Mona Lisa" src="" title="blur" class="blur">
<img alt="Mona Lisa" src="" title="invert" class="invert">
<img alt="Mona Lisa" src="" title="sepia" class="sepia">
<img alt="Mona Lisa" src="" title="huerotate" class="huerotate">
<img alt="Mona Lisa" src="" title="opacity" class="rss opacity">


3/11/2020 11:04:31 AM

I found this great codepen example that you insert your hex color value and it returns the needed filter to apply this color to png

CSS filter generator to convert from black to target hex color

for example i needed my png to have the following color #1a9790

then you have to apply the following filter to you png

filter: invert(48%) sepia(13%) saturate(3207%) hue-rotate(130deg) brightness(95%) contrast(80%);

You might want to take a look at Icon fonts.

EDIT: I'm using Font-Awesome on my latest project. You can even bootstrap it. Simply put this in your <head>:

<link href="//" rel="stylesheet">

<!-- And if you want to support IE7, add this aswell -->
<link href="//" rel="stylesheet">

And then go ahead and add some icon-links like this:

<a class="icon-thumbs-up"></a>

Here's the full cheat sheet


Font-Awesome uses different class names in the new version, probably because this makes the CSS files drastically smaller, and to avoid ambiguous css classes. So now you should use:

<a class="fa fa-thumbs-up"></a>


Just found out github also uses its own icon font: Octicons It's free to download. They also have some tips on how to create your very own icon fonts.


I've been able to do this using SVG filter. You can write a filter that multiplies the color of source image with the color you want to change to. In the code snippet below, flood-color is the color we want to change image color to (which is Red in this case.) feComposite tells the filter how we're processing the color. The formula for feComposite with arithmetic is (k1*i1*i2 + k2*i1 + k3*i2 + k4) where i1 and i2 are input colors for in/in2 accordingly. So specifying only k1=1 means it will do just i1*i2, which means multiplying both input colors together.

Note: This only works with HTML5 since this is using inline SVG. But I think you might be able to make this work with older browser by putting SVG in a separate file. I haven't tried that approach yet.

Here's the snippet:

<svg xmlns="" version="1.1" width="60" height="90" style="float:left">
    <filter id="colorMask1">
      <feFlood flood-color="#ff0000" result="flood" />
      <feComposite in="SourceGraphic" in2="flood" operator="arithmetic" k1="1" k2="0" k3="0" k4="0" />
  <image width="100%" height="100%" xlink:href="" filter="url(#colorMask1)" />
<svg xmlns="" version="1.1" width="60" height="90" style="float:left">
    <filter id="colorMask2">
      <feFlood flood-color="#00ff00" result="flood" />
      <feComposite in="SourceGraphic" in2="flood" operator="arithmetic" k1="1" k2="0" k3="0" k4="0" />
  <image width="100%" height="100%" xlink:href="" filter="url(#colorMask2)" />
<svg xmlns="" version="1.1" width="60" height="90" style="float:left">
    <filter id="colorMask3">
      <feFlood flood-color="#0000ff" result="flood" />
      <feComposite in="SourceGraphic" in2="flood" operator="arithmetic" k1="1" k2="0" k3="0" k4="0" />
  <image width="100%" height="100%" xlink:href="" filter="url(#colorMask3)" />

The img tag has a background property just like any other. If you have a white PNG with a transparent shape, like a stencil, then you can do this:

<img src= 'stencil.png' style= 'background-color: red'>

Yes :)

Surfin' Safari - Blog Archive » CSS Masks

WebKit now supports alpha masks in CSS. Masks allow you to overlay the content of a box with a pattern that can be used to knock out portions of that box in the final display. In other words, you can clip to complex shapes based off the alpha of an image.
We have introduced new properties to provide Web designers with a lot of control over these masks and how they are applied. The new properties are analogous to the background and border-image properties that already exist.

-webkit-mask (background)
-webkit-mask-attachment (background-attachment)
-webkit-mask-clip (background-clip)
-webkit-mask-origin (background-origin)
-webkit-mask-image (background-image)
-webkit-mask-repeat (background-repeat)
-webkit-mask-composite (background-composite)
-webkit-mask-box-image (border-image)