How To Center a Letterpress Effect?

Tags: css,css3

Problem :

Consider this fiddle:


<div style="width:500px;">
     <h1 class="success-header" title="Success!">Success!</h1>


body {
    background: gray;
.success-header {
    color: green;
    display: inline-block;
    font-size: 50px;
    height: 50px;
    margin: 0;
.success-header:before {
    content: attr(title);
    color:rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.3);



How can we center the <h1> tag within its container, and still keep the letterpress effect? Assume that we don't know in advance that the container's width is 500px. That is, a solution which hardcodes the position of the header is not acceptable. It's easy enough to center the header:

<div style="width:500px;text-align:center">
     <h1 class="success-header" title="Success!">Success!</h1>

But this destroy's the letterpress effect:

Solution :

The "shadow" is positioned absolutely with relation to its nearest eligible parent. You can make the immediate parent eligible by adding position:relative to it.


.success-header {
    color: green;
    display: inline-block;
    font-size: 50px;
    height: 50px;
    margin: 0;
    position: relative; /* changed line */

Absolute - Do not leave space for the element. Instead, position it at a specified position relative to its closest positioned ancestor or to the containing block.

Source, emphasis mine.

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