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Easy shine animation on hover using CSS

The other day, I was pretty bored but I wanted to do something productive. So, what’s the best thing to do when you’re bored? You, of course, play around with hover effects on your logo and that’s exactly what I did.

I wanted to create a smooth shine/shimmer effect on my logo when the user hovers over it. So, I did some research and found out that it’s pretty easy to do.

Here’s what the final result looks like.

Shine animation on logo


It’s pretty simple to implement this effect. In a nutshell, it’s a combination of the mask-image, mask-size, and mask-position used effectively.

So, for instance, if you want to place it on a <img> element, here’s all the CSS you will need.

img {
    -webkit-mask-image: linear-gradient(45deg,#000 25%,rgba(0,0,0,.2) 50%,#000 75%);
    mask-image: linear-gradient(45deg,#000 25%,rgba(0,0,0,.2) 50%,#000 75%);
    -webkit-mask-size: 800%;
    mask-size: 800%;
    -webkit-mask-position: 0;
    mask-position: 0;

img:hover {
    transition: mask-position 2s ease,-webkit-mask-position 2s ease;
    -webkit-mask-position: 120%;
    mask-position: 120%;
    opacity: 1;


As you can tell, the mask-image is a linear gradient that is at an angle of 45 degrees. The mask-size is set to 800% which means that the gradient will be repeated 8 times. And the mask-position is set to 0 which means that the gradient will start from the right.

Next, on hover, we are animating the mask-position to 120% which means that the gradient will move from right to left. And the transition is set to 2s which means that the animation will take 2 seconds to complete.

You can play around with the mask-position in the hover to make the shine move faster or slower. Setting opacity to 1 will make the image visible when the animation is complete.

And that’s it. Pretty simple, right?

I have also created a CodePen demo for you to play around with. So, go ahead and check it out.

See the Pen Shine animation on hover by Amit Merchant (@amit_merchant) on CodePen.

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