Minimalist 3D Parallax Effect with jQuery and CSS3

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Minimalist 3D Parallax Effect with jQuery and CSS3

An interactive background parallax effect that uses jQuery and CSS3 transform & translate3d to move a set of DIV layers at different speeds (offsets) on mouse over.

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How to use it:

1. Create a set of layers for the background parallax effect. Use data-offset attribute to set the specific movement speed for each layer.

<div class="scene">
  <div data-offset="90" class="clouds parallax"></div>
  <div data-offset="30" class="trees parallax"></div>
  <div data-offset="20" class="grass parallax"></div>
  <div data-offset="50" class="buildings parallax"></div>
  <div class="ground"></div>

2. Add background images to the layers in your CSS.

.scene {
  position: absolute;
  bottom: 0;
  left: 0;
  overflow: hidden;
  right: 0;
  border-bottom: 100px solid #342a2a;
  height: 800px;

.scene > div {
  position: absolute;
  bottom: 0;

.ground {
  width: 100%;
  height: 30px;
  background: #1d1818;
  z-index: 999;

.scene > div.clouds {
  width: 895px;
  left: 50%;
  margin-left: -447px;
  height: 255px;
  bottom: 250px;
  background: url( no-repeat center;

.scene div.trees {
  width: 908px;
  height: 174px;
  background: url( no-repeat center;
  z-index: 100;
  left: 50%;
  bottom: 20px;
  margin-left: -454px;

.scene div.grass {
  width: 964px;
  height: 37px;
  z-index: 200;
  left: 50%;
  bottom: 20px;
  margin-left: -482px;
  background: url( no-repeat center;

.buildings {
  width: 763px;
  height: 303px;
  left: 50%;
  margin-left: -400px;
  background: url( no-repeat center;

3. Include the latest version of JQuery javascript library at the end of the document.

<script src="//"></script>

4. A little Javascript to active the background parallax effect on mouse over and move.

$(window).on('mousemove', function(e) {
  var w = $(window).width();
  var h = $(window).height();
  var offsetX = 0.5 - e.pageX / w;
  var offsetY = 0.5 - e.pageY / h;

  $(".parallax").each(function(i, el) {
    var offset = parseInt($(el).data('offset'));
    var translate = "translate3d(" + Math.round(offsetX * offset) + "px," + Math.round(offsetY * offset) + "px, 0px)";

    '-webkit-transform': translate,
    'transform': translate,
    'moz-transform': translate

This awesome jQuery plugin is developed by balajmarius. For more Advanced Usages, please check the demo page or visit the official website.