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Image Hover Text Overlay Effect with HTML & CSS

In this tutorial, you'll create an "image hover text" effect using HTML and CSS. This is perfect for photo galleries or company websites when listing employees.

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Source Code

You can find the source code for this video below. Alternatively, browse it on CodePen.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
	<meta charset="UTF-8">
	<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=edge">
	<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
	<title>Image Hover Text Effect with HTML & CSS</title>
	<link rel="stylesheet" href="main.css">
	<div class="image">
		<img class="image__img" src="" alt="Bricks">
		<div class="image__overlay image__overlay--primary">
			<div class="image__title">Bricks</div>
			<p class="image__description">
				Here we have a brick wall.
.image {
	position: relative;
	width: 400px;

.image__img {
	display: block;
	width: 100%;

.image__overlay {
	position: absolute;
	top: 0;
	left: 0;
	width: 100%;
	height: 100%;
	background: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.6);
	color: #ffffff;
	font-family: 'Quicksand', sans-serif;
	display: flex;
	flex-direction: column;
	align-items: center;
	justify-content: center;
	opacity: 0;
	transition: opacity 0.25s;

.image__overlay--blur {
	backdrop-filter: blur(5px);

.image__overlay--primary {
	background: #009578;

.image__overlay>* {
	transform: translateY(20px);
	transition: transform 0.25s;

.image__overlay:hover {
	opacity: 1;

.image__overlay:hover>* {
	transform: translateY(0);

.image__title {
	font-size: 2em;
	font-weight: bold;

.image__description {
	font-size: 1.25em;
	margin-top: 0.25em;

If you have any questions about this code, please leave a comment on the video.