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Animate an SVG in Webflow

I’m not sure if anyone has done anything like this before, but I had real trouble finding any documentation when doing my SVG animation and custom code. I thought I’d create a guide so that people can see how I did it, and hopefully at least someone will find it helpful.

1. Make the SVG.
I used Illustrator to make my SVG. I drew a box with a red square in the middle for the purpose of this tutorial. You may already have an SVG (which is fine too).

2. Get SVG Code
To animate your SVG in Webflow, you need the source HTML code of the graphic itself. In Illustrator, go to:

  • File>Export>Export as
  • Then select the ‘SVG’ option from the dropdown and press ‘save’.
  • You’ll see a dialog box with SVG options, make sure minify and responsive are selected.
  • Then press show code.

If you already have an SVG that you’re using, then you can choose to open it in text editor, and then this will show you the code.

3. Put the SVG code into a HTML editor
Copy and paste your code from the text document to an online HTML editor. Any editor is fine, but I use JS fiddle.

4. Find the tag
Most SVGs will have their style tag at the top of the code (above all of the actual SVG code itself). You may wish to tidy the code, as I have done. I find this helps and makes things way easier to control.

You can see that I have organised the code as you would do on a typical style sheet, adding a return after every new instruction (CSS instructions are defined by a semi-colon ;).

5. Decide on what animation you’re using
So, what we’re actually going to do is use inline CSS animation to animate the SVG. If you’re not au fait with the basics of CSS, you might want to click on the above link and give the tutorial a quick read - but I will do my best to explain!

There are multiple types of CSS animation you can use, but for this tutorial, all I will be doing is changing the colour of the boxes when the user hovers over the SVG.

6. Start by adding the ‘Hover’ code
My original code looked like this:

In the above code, .cls-1 defines my outer black box, and .cls-2 defines my inner red box.

What I wanted to do was have it so that the red box turns black, and the black box turns red. To do this, I added in the following code between the tags:

This code says that, whenever the SVG is hovered over, then it should:

  • Change stroke of cls-1( the outer box) to red.
  • Change the fill colour of cls-2 (the inner box) to black.

7. Adding animation smoothing
At the moment, my SVG abruptly changes colour, which is fine, but doesn’t look GREAT. So, in the .cls-1 definition, I added in the following:

For your SVG, you may wish to change the , and to get your desired effect. One thing you must ensure is that the is set to your desired attribute.

In my case, I wanted to change the stroke of cls-1, and the fill of cls-2.

8. The finished code
Here is my finished code:

9. Implement
To get your SVG on a website, add a custom code block, and copy and paste your entire code into the custom code block. (If your code exceeds the custom character limit, scroll down for my workaround)

Then, edit your custom code element in Webflow as you normally would do with a div or image block.

This is my result. Whilst mine is very simple, you can also animate other properties of an SVG using the same technique. This method is a great way to animate an SVG using pure CSS, rather than using Webflow’s hover feature and changing the image completely.

10. What to do if you exceed the custom code character limit?
Some SVG’s can be very lengthy. This is not ideal, as the Webflow custom code has a character limit. But there is a workaround. Just follow these steps:

  1. Make a GitHub account

  2. Make a new repository (call it whatever you like) and make it public

  3. Choose ‘create new file’

  4. Copy your code from your online HTML editor and then paste the code into the new file.

  5. Name your file and add the exntsion .html (for example [repositoryname]/logo.html)

  6. Click ‘commit new file’

  7. In your repository, open your file, and then click ‘raw’

  8. Copy the URL of the RAW format, it should, look like this:

  9. Go back to your Webflow page where you require the SVG and add a custom code block.

  10. Add this code to your custom code block:

  1. Paste your copied RAW url into the ‘YOUR COPIED LINK HERE’ section, and then press save.

  2. Publish your website and test.

I hope this guide helped a bit. If you have any questions, reply to this post or hit me up.


Sours: https://discourse.webflow.com/t/animate-an-svg-in-webflow/91409

Add animated SVG in Webflow

Webflow's powerful features will make it easy for you to create aesthetically pleasing and responsive website designs without any coding skills. Add stunning SVG animations exported from SVGator and you will unlock a whole new level of creativity!

Find out how it works below.

1. Animate an SVG icon, illustration, or logo in SVGator. Once you are done, just click on the Export button in the app’s header:

webflow svg animation

2. In the Export panel, make sure you select CSS only as the animation type and let the animation start when the page loads (On load):

webflow svg animation

3. In Webflow, go to the Assets panel, click on the Upload icon, and select the animated SVG that you just exported from SVGator:

webflow svg animation

4. You can see that the SVG animation is already animated in the preview thumbnail.

webflow svg animation

5. Now you can simply drag it into your Webflow project where you can edit its properties in the same way as for regular images.

webflow svg animation

Insert interactive SVG animation- animate on mouse over

1. Before exporting the SVG from SVGator with CSS as the animation type, set the animation to start on mouse over. You can also set the animation to reverse, restart, or pause on mouse out.

2. Open the file in a text or code editing tool. Make sure that you select all the code and copy it to your clipboard. The code should look similar to this:

webflow svg animation

3. In Webflow, go to the Add panel and drag an Embed element into your canvas from the Components section. You can also use quick find (CMD/CTRL+E) and type embed.

webflow svg animation

4.  You can paste the SVG code from the clipboard here and click on the “Save & Close” button.

webflow svg animation

5. The animation will not be visible in the project edit mode, only after you publish and preview the website in the browser, where the animation will start on mouse over.

webflow svg animation

6. This is how the preview looks like in our case.

webflow svg animation


More interactive options and advanced animations can be achieved if you export JavaScript as the animation type. Unfortunately, it's not possible yet to add this type of animation to Webflow's interface as the code's length exceeds the 10,000 character limit for embedded codes.

Still got questions? Send us an email to [email protected] and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Sours: https://www.svgator.com/help/getting-started/add-animated-svg-to-webflow
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Image file types

Images and other graphics can often make or break a design. And we’ll start here with image file types. We’re going to focus on bitmap, GIF, PNG, JPEG, and SVG. These are the most common image file formats used on the web. You can mix and match these depending on what works best for each image in your project.


Don’t use this on the web because bitmap files do not support compression and output very large file sizes.


GIF (or “JIF” depending on what part of the internet you’re from) is used for a lot of simple animations. It only supports 256 colors, and if that’s all you need, it might be an option for you. GIFs also allow for transparency, but they don’t support alpha transparency. This means anything other than absolutely opaque or absolutely transparent won’t show up that way.


This is a great file format if you need transparency—specifically if you need alpha transparency.

PNG comes in two flavors—8-bit and 24-bit. The 8-bit version is a smaller file that only holds 256 colors and lacks full transparency settings. The 24-bit version is a larger uncompressed file that holds 16 million colors and supports alpha transparency. Both can be used on the web, but 24-bit PNG is usually preferred for its alpha transparency. Tools like ImageOptim[↗] and ImageAlpha[↗] can also be used to compress a 24-bit PNG file to 256 colors to cut down the size by more than half while retaining the alpha transparency.


The JPEG is an extremely common format. It supports compression in a way that cuts down file size more than any other image type.

JPEG compression

JPEG does a great job at compressing file size. Let’s take an image in JPEG format with a file size of just over 300 kilobytes.

Note that this same image in bitmap format at the same resolution and dimensions can be over 50 megabytes. That means the bitmap file is over 150 times the size. That’s because bitmaps contain precise data about each and every pixel. That’s a ton of information. So when you save a bitmap, think of this patch of gray pixels as being stored as “gray pixel, gray pixel, gray pixel” and so on.

When creating a JPEG, this area can be heavily compressed without losing the essence of the image. That means we probably don’t need all this precise, repetitive data for each and every one of these pixels. So JPEG is a pretty great, flexible format.


Finally, we have SVG—scalable vector graphics. The wonderful thing about vector graphics is that instead of having fixed pixels as you would in any of the other formats, SVGs aren’t resolution-dependent.

You can scale them infinitely with really great results. And in most cases, SVGs are used for shapes, text, sketches, logos.

For photographs which are made up of actual pixels, you’re much better off choosing one of the other formats.

SVG support

SVG images aren't supported for product and variant image fields. They aren't supported for Ecommerce email brand logo either. That's because these images will be used in Ecommerce emails (ex. order confirmation) and SVGs aren't supported in many email clients such as Gmail.

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Sours: https://university.webflow.com/lesson/image-file-types


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