Lately I've been playing around with CSS3 and discovered some new CSS tricks. Did you know you can make a round circle with border-radius and create inner shadow effect with box-shadow inset? Check out this beautiful search form demo that I've created with CSS gradient, border-radius, and box-shadow. It displays perfect in CSS3 browsers and degrades gracefully in non-CSS3 browsers.

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Round Circle Trick

You can create a round circle by specifying a very large value with the border-radius property. The following example uses 100px border-radius to make a round circle.

.circle {
	width: 100px;
	height: 100px;
	-moz-border-radius: 100px;
	-webkit-border-radius: 100px;


Inner Shadow Effect

Specifying inset values with the box-shadow property to create a inner shadow effect. As of now, this feature is only supported by Chrome 4+ and Firefox 3.5+.

.inset {
   -moz-box-shadow: inset 0 3px 8px rgba(0,0,0,.4);
   -webkit-box-shadow: inset 0 3px 8px rgba(0,0,0,.4);
   box-shadow: inset 0 3px 8px rgba(0,0,0,.24);

box shadow inset

Search Form Example

The following search form demo is created with CSS gradient, border-radius, and box-shadow with inset values (view the demo with Chrome 4+ or Firefox 3.5+). It degrades nicely in non-CSS3 browsers. View source code to learn the CSS code. If you are not familiar with CSS3, read my previous article The Basics of CSS3.

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