CSS Background Clip

CSS background-clip property defines the background area for an element to clip the background image, color, or gradient. For example,

div {
 background-clip: content-box;

Browser Output

CSS Background-Clip Content-Box Example Description

Here, the background-clip property only applies the background to the content-box. The content box only includes the content area and not the padding or border of the element.

CSS background-clip syntax

The syntax of the background-clip property is,

background-clip: border-box | padding-box | content-box | text | initial | inherit;


  • border-box: allows the background to extend behind the border of an element
  • padding-box: allows the background to extend inside the border of an element
  • content-box: background is clipped to only the content-box of an element
  • text: background is clipped behind only the text of an element

CSS Background-Clip Example

Let's see an example of background-clip with different values.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">

        <meta charset="UTF-8" />
        <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0" />
        <link rel="stylesheet" href="style.css" />
        <title>CSS background-clip</title>

        <h2>background-clip: border-box</h2>
        <div class="clip-border">Hello World</div>

        <h2>background-clip: padding-box</h2>
        <div class="clip-padding">Hello World</div>

        <h2>background-clip: content-box</h2>
        <div class="clip-content">Hello World</div>

        <h2>background-clip: text</h2>
        <div class="clip-text">Hello World</div>

div {
    padding: 12px;
    border: 12px dashed;
    text-align: center;
    background-color: orange;
    font-size: 24px;
    font-weight: bold;

/*  clip the background area to border-box of the div*/
div.clip-border {
    /* default value */
    background-clip: border-box;

/* clip the background area to padding-box of the div*/
div.clip-padding {
    background-clip: padding-box;

/* clip the background area to content-box of the div */
div.clip-content {
    background-clip: content-box;

/* clip the background area to text background of the div*/
div.clip-text {
    background-clip: text;

    /* support for browser compatibility */
    -webkit-background-clip: text;

    /* set text color transparent and background color remains visible */
    -webkit-text-fill-color: transparent;

Browser Output

CSS Background Clip Example Description

In the above example, background-clip: text specifies the content to be transparent and the background remains visible only within the text's boundaries.