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Create ripple effect by jQuery and CSS

The jQuery ripple effect plug-in

The design of a website can be improved if you use ripple effect, particularly, in menu items like left or right navigations etc.

In that case, as a user selects or clicks a menu item, the ripple effect in that item can be created by using jQuery and CSS, apart from other ways.

In this tutorial, I am going to show you a simple jQuery and CSS based plug-in that can be integrated into your web design easily.

A demo of ripple effect in a menu

In this example, a block of a menu is created with a few menu items. As you click an item, the ripple effect will display.

jQuery ripple effect

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To make it working, first of all, download the package from the GitHub website. You have to include the ripple.min.css file in the head section:

    <link rel=”stylesheet” href=”css/ripple.min.css” type=’text/css’>

The CSS style is also specified in the <style> tag under the <head> tag. You can see it in the demo page.

In the markup section, you have to create div tags with the material-ripple class of the plug-in. For example:


Where red-ripple defines the color of ripple effect. You may also specify the color by using data-ripple-color data attribute, for example:


Finally, in the last section just above the </body> tag, include the jQuery and plug-in JS files:

 <script src=”http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.12.0/jquery.min.js”></script>

<script src=”js/ripple.min.js”></script>

(Place files at your desired locations)

Get the complete code in the demo page.

A demo of using a different shadow

The material-ripple plug-in has six built-in boxes with shadows that you may specify in the main div:


Just change the material-shadow-1 to material-shadow-2, material-shadow-3 up to 5 for displaying the different shadows.

See the following demo where I have used value 5 in the main div tag while rest of the code remains the same:

jQuery ripple shadow

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See the complete code in the demo page.

Changing the color scheme of material-ripple

Of course, you can change the color scheme as per need and to match the rest of design your website. For that, you simply need to change or add a fewer properties in the <style> section. For example, to add the background color, you may add the background property in the .material-card class.

See a demo online:

jQuery ripple custom

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Similarly, you may use different colors scheme for span tag and box shadows.

Not to mention, you can use other tags than <span> for displaying the content and having a ripple effect. For example, you may use links, paragraphs, or even images and ripple effect will work for those as well. However, take care of the CSS properly.

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