How to overlay two fonts with css

Tags: css,fonts

Problem :

I have two fonts, Cooper Black and Cooper Hilite. I would like to place them on top of each other, as in this image:

Any takers?

Solution :

Well, one way of doing it purely with CSS is by using the :after pseudo element.

Check this fiddle:

The original element is relative and its pseudo child is absolute at 0, 0 to ensure that it properly overlays the original element.


<div class="doublefont">HELLO</div>

CSS You can remove the div. part to make it applicable to all elements

div.doublefont {
    position: relative;
    color: red;
    font-family: arial;
div.doublefont:after {
    content: "HELLO";
    color: blue;
    font-family: tahoma;
    position: absolute;
    top: 0;
    left: 0;

Making it generic

You can add a little bit of JS to automatically have all elements on your page with a class doublefont to show up with superimposed fonts. That is, you need to simply put in elements like <div class="doublefont">My text..</div> and the following JS in combination with the above CSS will do the rest. You can place the following JS into the <head> of your page.

$('.doublefont').each(function() {
     $(this).attr('content', $(this).html());

Updated Fiddle:

Also, take a look at this related answer. This is from where I got the attr(content) hint.

Manipulating CSS :before and :after pseudo-elements using jQuery

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