CSS Sprites


Playing a little with CSS Sprites

I’ve often been intrigued with how to cram many images into a single one and then consume it from a web page, snipping just the right portion from it. It seems that it consumes less resources, and I also find it easier to manage a lot of images. Let’s see.

I found an interesting web page about it: CSS Sprites: ….

Let’s see an example, which is based mainly on CSS with a bit of HTML.

The CSS is the following:

    .sprite-plain, .sprite-ebook, .sprite-punk {
        background-image: url('all-owls.png');
        background-repeat: no-repeat;
        display: inline-block;
    .sprite-plain {
        height: 391px;
        width: 400px;
        background-position: 0 -366px;

    .sprite-ebook {
        height: 366px;
        width: 400px;
        background-position: 0 0;

    .sprite-punk {
        height: 400px;
        width: 389px;
        background-position: 0 -757px;

The image can be found here: all-owls.png.

Then, when we want to use one image, we can just include an element with that specific class. You might use a div or a span (this latter with the addition of the iblock class to make the image actually visible), like this:

<div class="sprite-plain"></div>
<div>Somewhere else... <span class="iblock sprite-punk"></span>

Here’s how it goes:

Somewhere else… happened!</div>

And I guess this is all!

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