Clipping and masking is a feature of SVG that has the ability to fully or partially hide portions of an object through the use of simple or complex shapes. Over the years many developers have taken these abilities and pushed them in various directions. In this article we’ll take a look at some advanced methods along with demos that showcase clipping and masking to great effect. Let’s get started!

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One of the great things about scalable vector graphics (aside from their being infinitely scalable without quality loss) is that once you know the fundamentals you can hand-code simple shapes quite easily, without needing to open a graphics application.

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Bitmap images like JPEGs, GIFs, and PNGs all look awful when you scale them up, so if you want to maintain quality at large dimensions you have to increase file size. SVG images however (which stands for Scalable Vector Graphics) look exactly the same, regardless of the dimensions they’re scaled to and they keep the same file size.

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With motion on the rise amongst web developers so too are the tools that help to streamline its creation. Haiku is a stand-alone application available to Mac users and also available as an in-browser option. By its own description “Design imaginative UI components that snap into any web app. Code optional.” In this article we’ll look over this new tooling available to motion lovers of all kinds; let’s dive in and explore all that is Haiku!

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