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Scale elements on hover using CSS

April 06, 2019🍿 1 min readEdit this post on Github

Often we get a requirement to scale images on hover or content block on hover, it can be achieved using CSS through transform property

// Growing in size
.grow:hover {
  transform: scale(1.2);
}
// shrinking in size
.shrink:hover {
  transform: scale(0.8);
}

Here transform: scale property alone can’t help the effect to be smooth, in order to get smooth effect, we need to add some transition to the elements.

.grow,
.shrink {
  transition: all 0.3s ease-in-out;
}

This technique has wide range of browser support without vendor prefixes. Feel free to use it next time when needed in your UI 👍

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