Parallax scrolling or parallax scrolling effect in web design has gained attention of most of the web designers as a latest web design trend for creating a sense of depth in web design. Designers are taking parallax scrolling as a whole new perspective and interesting style towards creative presentation for scrolling down a page in either horizontally or vertically instead of the boring scrolling experience. This is a very popular effect mainly used in flash based websites or parts of it.

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As far as the web design industry is concerned, parallax scrolling is an amazing practice of the arrangement or animation of images to create an illusion of 3D effects. Parallax scrolling is a term used to describe an amazing technique used extensively by web designers to create a special effect in websites to add a 3 dimensional depth illusion to the design. In layman terms, parallax scrolling is all about making the background and foreground images move at different speeds allowing for the 3-D illusion.

These days, designers are using parallax scrolling technique in single page portfolio websites, website headers and other areas. By using JavaScript and CSS techniques, you can easily create parallax scrolling effects of an illusion of depth 3D object for web design in either horizontal or vertical manner to the viewer. To create the illusion of depth in design, the designer has to transpose multiple layers on each other with layers in the background that are scrolling more slowly in comparison to front one to layers to display an illusion of 3D effects and movements within a website.

This is the perfect example of Parallax Scrolling effect animation from Wikipedia. In the following example, you can notice that four different layers are being used to create an amazing animation where one layer is static and other three layers are moving. Here, an outstanding animation has been created by simply moving layer #2 twice as fast as layer #1 and layer #3 three times as fast as layer #1. Take a look:

Background Layer

As you can see it is an image referred as a background layer of a sky with the moon.

Background Layer

Layer # 1
This is a layer #2 where we have an image of a chain of mountains.

Parallax Scrolling layer 1

Layer # 2
This is a layer 2, an image of a background vegetation.

Parallax Scrolling layer 2

Layer # 3
Here, you can see layer 3 of foreground vegetation and path.

layer 3

Stacked Layers

This is how all the layers and backgrounds are arranged and orderly piled to create a beautiful animation.

Stacked Layers

Live Demo of Parallax Scrolling Example

This the final image when all the layers are stacked properly. Click on screenshot to view working it live as an animation.

Live Demo of Parallax Scrolling Example

Some Useful Tutorials on Parallax scrolling

Here are some useful tutorials on parallax scrolling which are going to teach you various useful and new techniques to create an amazing effect for your websites. Let’s get started:


In this tutorial, we are going to learn about jParallax. Here, jParallax, a jQuery plugin has been used to create parallax.

Parallax Scrolling jparallax

Create a Parallax Website Header

This tutorial will teach you some basic steps of how to create some really stunning cool Parallax effects for Website Header by simply using jQuery and the jParallax jQuery plugin.

Parallax Scrolling progtuts

Using Javascript – A Vertical Parallax

This is an another useful tutorial where you learn about how to create a vertical parallax based on Javascript.


How to recreate Silverback’s parallax effect

Here, a stunning effect has been created on a web page by simply fixing semi-transparent background images to different sides of the web browser viewport, and at different horizontal percentage positions.


Examples of and How to Create the CSS Parallax Effect

CSS Parallax Effect is an amazing CSS based technique used in web design to create realistic 3D scrolling backgrounds. In this tutorial, you are going to learn how to create a cool CSS parallax effect.

CSS parallax effect

Flash parallax scrolling gallery from scratch

This tutorial will teach you how to create a parallax scrolling gallery from scratch based on Flash.


Best Examples of websites using Parallax scrolling

In this post, we are going to discuss best practices, examples and tutorials on the parallax scrolling to help you out in creating this outstanding effect in web design. We hope that this collection of websites using a parallax scrolling effect to inspire you with more creative ideas. Have a look at some of the most creative examples of the parallax scrolling effect in web design. Enjoy!!

Atlantis World’s Fair

Parallax Scrolling atlantis












Old Pulteney Row to the Pole


Billy’s Downtown Diner




Webdesign Karlsruhe

Parallax Scrolling siebennull

The Beatles Rock Band


Xhtml Slicing

Parallax Scrolling xhtmlslicing

Originální, rucne vyrábené diáre 2011


Juvelér Langaard


Farmhouse Fare




Nike Better World



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webdesign  May 18, 2011, 6:43 pm

nice collection and its good . and Website designers have creative competence and expertise. They have the most creative minds.they can provide the best website design.

Ed  May 20, 2011, 10:22 am

Great list here... My first attempt at a parallax banner on my personal website...

web designing  May 27, 2011, 7:31 pm

Well first of all thanks for written such a nice article about web designing and its latest trend.You have covered most of important fact for using parallax scrolling technique which is really useful for web designing for making Attractive website.

Webgranth  Jun 10, 2011, 7:44 am

Good use of parallax banner. Keep up good work.

Scottie Beutel  Aug 16, 2011, 5:35 pm

You have given me great knowledge and i am going to use this for sure for my future projects.

Efren Santorelli  Aug 17, 2011, 9:32 pm

Hey, I just wanted to say what a excellent website. I certainly enjoyed it and found it interesting reading. Anticipating your next post!

Marina Permann  Aug 19, 2011, 6:14 pm

You have touched some great points and we should learn these things.

adam  Sep 6, 2011, 12:05 am

I couldn't resist commenting - great info thanks.

Coralee  Sep 13, 2011, 4:40 am

Superb post and you are a great writer.

Isreal Rushton  Sep 19, 2011, 3:29 am

Superb post and you are a great writer.

Christian  Oct 8, 2011, 9:13 pm

Thank you very much for this collection! This is inspiring and extremly useful for my job. So keep on the good work :)

Denes  Nov 3, 2011, 6:17 pm

Wow, good collection, great inspiration.

Calen  Feb 20, 2012, 7:54 pm

Awesome inspiration on this site. Thanks so much for posting. Just finished building a horizontal parallax site for a movie coming out this summer. Took some inspiration from the godspell and hbogo site. Would appreciate any feedback you have. Again, great article. Thanks for sharing.

Shawn  Jun 30, 2012, 8:43 am

Great stuff

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