From love for lavender - fancy scrolling effect

In this tutorial we will try to recreate the scrolling effect you’ve seen on the new e-bay site. We’ll create a simple responsive one-page site presenting the beauty and benefits of lavender. No javascript needed – we will use only css.

Step 1 – Prerequisities

We will need 3 background images, that will stretch to full page width. Mine are about 1800px x 1200px.

Step 2 – Html

The markup is simple. The content of each part is wrapped in a div with a class “wrapper” which is contained within a section or the header (for the introductory part).

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html class="no-js" lang="en">
<meta charset="utf-8">
<title>From love for lavender</title>
<header class=" content">
	<div class="wrapper">
		<h1>From love for lavender</h1>
		<p><span>Lavender</span> (botanic name Lavandula) is a ....

<section class="content" id="oil">
	<div class="wrapper">
		<p><span>Lavender oil</span> is an ... </p>
 	<div class=wrapper>
		 "From love for lavender" has been built ...

Step 3 – basic css

The wrapper class is defined as follows. The box-sizing property allows to alter the default CSS box model, i.e. content-box model, where the width and height properties are measured including only the content. If we set box-sizing to border box, the width and height include the padding and border.

.wrapper {
  width: 100%;
  margin: 0 auto;
  -webkit-box-sizing: border-box;
  -moz-box-sizing: border-box;
  box-sizing: border-box; }

Since we want each section and the header to behave responsively, we’ll use only percent units. For example : the background image for the first section in 500px width, which represents 500px/1200px x 100% = 41.66667%

#oil .wrapper {
  background: url(../images/lavender2.jpg) 4.16667% center no-repeat;
  padding: 10% 4.16667% 10% 50%;
  background-size: 41.66667% auto;}

The value of 4.16667% corresponds to 50px when the wrapper has its maximum width.
We’ll treat the case of larger monitors with a media query :

@media only screen and (min-width: 1200px) {
.wrapper {
    width:1200px; }
#oil .wrapper {
    padding: 120px 50px 120px 600px; }

You’ll find the complete stylesheet in the download files.

Step 4 – the scrolling effect

We don’t use any Javascript, our scrolling effect is obtained purely with css. We don’t want any additional markup, so we will use the :after pseudo-elements. They’ll be positioned below each section and covered with the background image. We will set the background-attachment property to fixed. We’ll also add sole inner shadow to give the illusion of depth :

section:after, header:after {
  content: "";
  display: block;
  height: 400px;
  width: 100%;
  background-size: cover;
  background-position: center center;
  background-repeat: no-repeat;
  background-attachment: fixed;
  box-shadow: inset 0 0 10px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.6); }

We just have to assign the background image to each section

header:after {
  background-image: url(../images/lavenderbg1.jpg); }
#oil:after {
  background-image: url(../images/lavenderbg2.jpg); }
#culinary:after {
  background-image: url(../images/lavenderbg3.jpg); }
#dried:after {
  background-image: url(../images/lavenderbg4.jpg); }

Step 5 – last tweaks

Since background-attachment:fixed is not supported in mobile Safari we’ll add the following media-query

@media only screen and (min-device-width: 768px) and (max-device-width: 1024px), only screen and (min-device-width: 320px) and (max-device-width: 480px) {
    section:after, header:after {
      background-attachment: scroll; } 

We will also scale down the font-size for smaller monitors

@media only screen and (max-width: 600px) {
  body {
    font-size: .75em; }

And that’s it! I hope you’ll find this technique useful, don’t hesitate to go further – this tutorial is just an inspiration. Looking forward to your comments. Thanks.

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I'm a front-end developer, recently mostly occupied with developing WordPress themes an plugins. I also particularly like writing tutorials (maybe because I was a prof in my previous life...). Otherwise coding, cooking and doing yoga.
Polish, married to a french guy Joe Vains with whom we live in the very center of Paris.
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Comments (24)

  1. neat effect but scroll doesn’t work properly on a Kindle Fire, Galaxy s3 doesn’t show the background images, and Android 2.3 had the background images displaying weird but scrolling functioned okay.

  2. The fixed background does not appear to work on iPad tablets, or on Android tablets when viewing with Chrome. (The fixed background works with Android Dolphin browser.)

    Is there a way to make this work with iPad tablets and Chrome on Android tablets?

  3. Thanks a lot for sharing your knowledge, this tutorial was really inspiring. I’m using what I learned here to write a WordPress theme that I’d like to put in the theme repository.

    I hope there’s nothing wrong with that, of course I’m referencing your website and your work both in the main css and with a note in the footer of the theme.

    Thanks a lot again, your website is a great showcase of your talent.

  4. I am working on a parallax site and went through your blog. Nice tutorial and thanks a lot for sharing. But the background parallax effect is not working for monitors less than 1024px. Any suggestion?

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