How can I use a CSS transform to vertically-center two overlapping elements?

Tags: css,css-position

Problem :

I have a relatively-positioned div wrapper, and I want to vertically-align a div inside of it. Various other Stack answers seem to suggest this is the right way to do this:

.vcenter {position: relative; top: 50%; transform: translateY(-50%); }

That works great, but only for a single child element. I want to have two overlapping child divs, a picture and some text, both vertically-centered within the wrapper div:

<div class="wrap">
  <div class="foo vcenter"></div>
  <div class="bar vcenter"></div>

This doesn't work - the transform applies to both children, but the second child is offset vertically by the height of the first child.

I made a simple jsfiddle that may make this clearer.

Is there a way to get both elements to each center as if they were the only child?

(PS - don't tell me to replace them with a single div containing the text and the image as a background, they need to move independent of each other)

Solution :

You should use position absolute instead of relative:

.vcenter {
    position: absolute; 
    top: 50%; 
    left: 50%; 
    transform: translate(-50%, -50%); 

Updated plunkr

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