Round corner box (Using css sprites)

This is the most common problem for a CSS beginner to create a round corner expandable box using CSS. This is a simple tutorial and its easy to understand.

To start with, first we understand HTML part which will have a container div which have relative positioned with four absolute-positioned divs inside, where the corner images are formed using a unique CSS Sprite.

1. Design Part

  1. Make a rounded rectangle in the image editor of your choice there are many graphics programs have a tool that will create rounded-off squares.
  2. Slice one corner and save it. copy it 3 times and rotate its pieces to get the other corners.
  3. Combined all these and compose an image with the four corners.

2. Html Part

Create a containing div named .rbox and add four divs that will create our corners. We shall give all of them a class of .corner and also a class according to their position.

<div id=”cbox” class=”rbox”><strong>Lorem ipsum sed aliquam

Sed lacus.</strong><br />

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<div class=”corner tl”></div>

<div class=”corner tr”></div>

<div class=”corner bl”></div>

<div class=”corner br”></div>



3. CSS Part

My corners have a width and height of 13px. Here padding value depends on your corner width and height. The top-bottom padding must be equal and equivalent to the height of the corner. The left-right padding must be equal and equivalent to the width of the corner.

#cbox{ background-color:#ffefc3; padding:13px; margin:10px 0;}

#cbox .corner{ background-image:url(images/cimg.gif);}

.rbox{ position:relative;}

.corner{ position:absolute; width:13px; height:13px;}

.tl{ top:0; left:0;}

.tr{ top:0; right:0; background-position:-13px 0;}

.bl{ bottom:0; left:0; background-position:0 -13px;}

.br{ bottom:0; right:0; background-position:-13px -13px;}

If you want 1 px border around this, than there are a little change in style

.tl{ top:-1px; left:-1px;}

.tr{ top:-1px; right:-1px; background-position:-13px 0;}

.bl{ bottom:-1px; left:-1px; background-position:0 -13px;}

.br{ bottom:-1px; right:-1px; background-position:-13px -13px;}


To download a demo file. Click here

* IE6 Issue

Thera is a compatibility issue with in IE 6 in using this technique. You must give the container (.rbox, or #cbox) a determined width and height. If you don’t define it, the box will look broken.


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