CSS Blend Mode

The <blend-mode> CSS, data type describes how colors should appear when elements overlap. It is used in the background-blend-mode  and  mix-blend-mode  properties.

For each pixel among the layers to which it is applied, a blend mode takes the colors of the foreground and the background, perfoms a calculation on them, and returns a new color value. 💥

A. mix-blend-mode 🎨

The mix-blend-mode property defines how an element’s content should blend with its background. This means that any images or text, borders or headings will be influenced by this property


mix-blend-mode: VALUE;


1. normal

This is default. Sets the blending mode to normal

mix-blend-mode: normal;
normal css blend mode

2. multiply

The element is multiplied by the background and replaces the background color. The resulting color is always as dark as the background.

mix-blend-mode: multiply;
multiply css blend mode

3. screen

Multiplies the background and the content then complements the result. This will result in content which is brighter than the background-color.

mix-blend-mode: screen;
screen css blend mode

4. overlay

Multiplies or screens the content depending on the background color. This is the inverse of the hard-light blend mode

mix-blend-mode: overlay;
overlay css blend mode

5. darken

The background is replaced with the content where the content is darker, otherwise, it is left as it was.

mix-blend-mode: darken;
darken css blend mode

6. lighten

The background is replaced with the content where the content is lighter.

mix-blend-mode: lighten;
lighten css blend mode

Also, tried the lighten effect on text which looks cool 🤩


<img src="https://pablogs.io/images/posts/spritekit/backgroundscroll/background.gif" />


div {
position: relative;
width: 200px;
height: 200px;
background-color: white;
h1 {
font-size: 8vw;
img {
position: absolute;
top: 0;
left: 0;
width: 100%;
height: inherit;
img {
mix-blend-mode: lighten;


Output Gif css blend mode

Check out the more designs here in @codepen 🔥

mix blend mode

7. color-dodge

This attribute brightens the background color to reflect the color of the content.

mix-blend-mode: color-dodge;
color dodge css blend mode

8. color-burn

This darkens the background to reflect the content’s natural color.

mix-blend-mode: color-burn;
color burn css blend mode

9. hard-light

Depending on the color of the content this attribute will screen or multiply it.

mix-blend-mode: hard-light;
hard light css blend mode

10. soft-light

Depending on the color of the content this will darken or lighten it.

mix-blend-mode: soft-light;
soft light css blend mode

11. difference

This subtracts the darker of the two colors from the lightest color.

mix-blend-mode: difference;
difference css blend mode

12. exclusion

Similar to difference but with lower contrast.

mix-blend-mode: exclusion;
exclusion css blend mode

13. hue

Creates a color with the hue of the content combined with the saturation and luminosity of the background.

mix-blend-mode: hue;
hue css blend mode

14. luminosity

Creates a color with the luminosity of the content and the hue and saturation of the background. This is the inverse of the color attribute.

mix-blend-mode: luminosity;
luminosity css blend mode

15. Initial

The default setting of the property that does not set a blend mode.

mix-blend-mode: initial;

16. Inherit

An element will inherit the blend mode from its parent element.

mix-blend-mode: inherit;

17. Unset

Removes the current blend mode from an element.

mix-blend-mode: unset;

You can find the code in @codepen

B. background-blend-mode 🎨

The background-blend-mode property defines how an element’s background-image should blend with its background-color.


background-blend-mode: VALUE;

VALUE are same as mix-blend-mode.


div {
width: 40rem;
height: 20rem;
background-image: url(https://hips.hearstapps.com/digitalspyuk.cdnds.net/17/09/1488375386-1488370326-friends-cast.jpg);
background-size: cover;
background-blend-mode: multiply;
animation: color 5s ease-in-out infinite;
@keyframes color {
12% {
background-color: #ea529f;
24% {
background-color: #28d128;
36% {
background-color: violet;
48% {
background-color: orange;
60% {
background-color: #ad5bea;
72% {
background-color: yellow;
84% {
background-color: #6262ea;
90% {
background-color: #e63d3d;
100% {
background-color: transparent;

What's the difference between background-blend-mode and background-blend-mode ❓🤔

background-blend-mode blends with its background-image and its background-color.

mix-blend-mode blends with its backdrop, the part what is behind itself, and its background-color.

Isolation 👻

The isolation property in CSS is used to prevent elements from blending with their backdrops.

It is most commonly used when mix-blend-mode has been declared on another element. Applying isolation to the element guards that element so that it does not inherit the mix-blend-mode applied to the other elements that might be behind it.

It’s like a way to turn off mix-blend-mode, but from a parent element rather than needing to select the element with blending directly.


isolation: VALUES;


  • isolate: Does exactly what it says. It protects the element from blending into other elements that are in the backdrop.
  • auto: Resets the isolation and allows the element to blend into its backdrop.
isolate css blend mode

NOTE: Isolation does not work with background-blend-mode as background elements are already isolated by their nature in that they do not blend with the content that is behind them.

Reference 🧐

  1. Mix Blend Mode MDN
  2. Blend Mode

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