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Spinning icons using CSS3 transform

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An effect that seems to be popping up with increased frequency is the spinning image, or more precisely, icons. Move the mouse over an icon, and it spins (rotates) on its axis to draw attention to itself. This is realized using CSS3's transform: rotate(xdeg) property. Using it you can rotate an element any number of degrees, clockwise or counter clock wise, and whether to do so one or both ways of a state change. Lets see some examples (best viewed in (IE10+, FF3.5+, Chrome/Safari, and Opera 10+):

360 degree spin onMouseover and onMouseout

60 degree spin onMouseover and onMouseout

-360 degree spin onMouseover ONLY

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A positive degree inside transform: rotate(xdeg) rotates the element clockwise, while negative (ie: -360deg) rotates it counterclockwise instead. To animate this property so the element actually spins into position, also make use of CSS3's transition property. Where the later property is defined affects whether the animation is played both ways or just during the onMouseover state. See the CSS below for all the intricacies.

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Date Posted: 12/28/2011

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