Animate an SVG Part

Animating a small part of an SVG with CSS involves manipulating the SVG’s properties using CSS animations. You can target specific elements or attributes within the SVG to animate them. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you achieve this:

  1. Create your SVG: First, make sure you have an SVG file or code that you want to animate. You can create one using a vector graphics editor like Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape, or you can find SVGs online from various sources.
  2. Identify the Element to Animate: Open your SVG file/code and identify the specific element or attribute you want to animate. This could be a shape, a path, a group, or an attribute like the fill or stroke color.
  3. Add CSS to the SVG: Embed the SVG in your HTML document or use it as an external file. Then, add a <style> block or link an external CSS file to apply animations to the SVG. Ensure that you target the specific element or attribute you want to animate using CSS selectors.
  4. Use CSS Animations or Transitions: You have two main options for animating the SVG:
  • CSS Transitions: Transitions are ideal for simple, single-state animations. For example, changing the fill color when hovering over the element.
   /* CSS Transition Example */
   #element-to-animate {
     transition: fill 0.3s ease; /* Change the fill color with a smooth transition */
   #element-to-animate:hover {
     fill: red; /* New fill color on hover */
  • CSS Animations: Animations are more powerful and versatile, allowing you to define complex multi-state animations.
   /* CSS Animation Example */
   @keyframes moveAnimation {
     0% { transform: translateX(0); }
     50% { transform: translateX(50px); }
     100% { transform: translateX(0); }
   #element-to-animate {
     animation: moveAnimation 2s infinite; /* Element moves back and forth indefinitely */
  1. Test and Tweak: Save your HTML and CSS files and open the HTML document in your web browser. Test the animation and make any necessary adjustments to the animation duration, easing, or other properties.

Remember that not all SVG elements or attributes can be animated with CSS alone. More complex animations might require JavaScript libraries like GreenSock (GSAP) or Snap.svg. However, for simple animations, CSS should be sufficient. Also, check browser compatibility for advanced CSS animations if you need to support older browsers.