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Mastering SVG

By : Rob Larsen
Book Image

Mastering SVG

By: Rob Larsen

Overview of this book

SVG is the most powerful image format in use on the web. In addition to producing resolution-independent images for today's multi-device world, SVG allows you to create animations and visualizations to add to your sites and applications. The simplicity of cross-platform markup, mixed with familiar modern web languages, such as CSS and JavaScript, creates a winning combination for designers and developers alike. In this book, you will learn how to author an SVG document using common SVG features, such as elements and attributes, and serve SVG on the web using simple configuration tips for common web servers. You will also use SVG elements and images in HTML documents. Further, you will use SVG images for a variety of common tasks, such as manipulating SVG elements, adding animations using CSS, mastering the basic JavaScript SVG (API) using Document Object Model (DOM) methods, and interfacing SVG with common libraries and frameworks, such as React, jQuery, and Angular. You will then build an understanding of the Snap.svg and SVG.js APIs, along with the basics of D3, and take a look at how to implement interesting visualizations using the library. By the end of the book, you will have mastered creating animations with SVG.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
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Filters allow you to apply a variety of effects to elements or groups of elements. Filters allow you to blur images, apply lighting effects, and many other advanced image manipulation techniques. If you've ever used Adobe Photoshop or other graphics manipulation programs, these filters are just like the filters you've seen in that environment.

Filters are implemented in the defs section of the SVG document and are grouped as part of a filter element. They are referenced the same way that mask and clipPath elements are, via a fragment URL. The following example shows the common Gaussian blur filter applied to a circle:

xmlns="" width="300" height="150" viewBox="0 0 300 150">
    <filter id="blurIsm">
        <feGaussianBlur in="SourceGraphic" stdDeviation="5"/>
    <circle cx="75" cy="75" r="50" fill="red"/>
    <circle cx="200" cy="75" r="50" fill="red" filter="url(#blurIsm)"/>

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