Menu on image hover

CSS, Layout, Animation · Oct 11, 2021

Displays a menu overlay when the user hovers over the image.

  • Use a <figure> to wrap the <img> element and a <div> element that will contain the menu links.
  • Use the opacity and right attributes to animate the image on hover, creating a sliding effect.
  • Set the left attribute of the <div> to the negative of the element's width. Reset it to 0 when hovering over the parent element to slide in the menu.
  • Use display: flex, flex-direction: column and justify-content: center on the <div> to vertically center the menu items.
<figure class="hover-menu">
	<img src=""/>
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.hover-menu {
  position: relative;
  overflow: hidden;
  margin: 8px;
  min-width: 340px;
  max-width: 480px;
  max-height: 290px;
  width: 100%;
  background: #000;
  text-align: center;
  box-sizing: border-box;

.hover-menu * {
  box-sizing: border-box;

.hover-menu img {
  position: relative;
  max-width: 100%;
  top: 0;
  right: 0;
  opacity: 1;
  transition: 0.3s ease-in-out;

.hover-menu div {
  position: absolute;
  top: 0;
  left: -120px;
  width: 120px;
  height: 100%;
  padding: 8px 4px;
  background: #000;
  transition: 0.3s ease-in-out;
  display: flex;
  flex-direction: column;
  justify-content: center;

.hover-menu div a {
  display: block;
  line-height: 2;
  color: #fff;
  text-decoration: none;
  opacity: 0.8;
  padding: 5px 15px;
  position: relative;
  transition: 0.3s ease-in-out;

.hover-menu div a:hover {
  text-decoration: underline;

.hover-menu:hover img {
  opacity: 0.5;
  right: -120px;

.hover-menu:hover div {
  left: 0;
  opacity: 1;

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