Perspective transform on hover

CSS, Animation · May 17, 2021

Applies a perspective transform with a hover animation to an element.

  • Use transform with the perspective() and rotateY() functions to create a perspective for the element.
  • Use a transition to update the transform attribute's value on hover.
  • Change the rotateY() value to negative to mirror the perspective effect from left to right.
<div class="card-container">
  <div class="image-card perspective-left"></div>
  <div class="image-card perspective-right"></div>
.image-card {
  display: inline-block;
  box-sizing: border-box;
  margin: 1rem;
  width: 240px;
  height: 320px;
  padding: 8px;
  border-radius: 1rem;
  background: url("");
  box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.25) 0px 25px 50px -12px;

.perspective-left {
  transform: perspective(1500px) rotateY(15deg);
  transition: transform 1s ease 0s;

.perspective-left:hover {
  transform: perspective(3000px) rotateY(5deg);

.perspective-right {
  transform: perspective(1500px) rotateY(-15deg);
  transition: transform 1s ease 0s;

.perspective-right:hover {
  transform: perspective(3000px) rotateY(-5deg);

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