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Adding an overlay to an image background may seem straightforward.

We can simply place the overlay on top of the image and set it as the background using an image editor like Photoshop or Figma.

However, not all scenarios are that simple. There are cases when we need to incorporate an image background within a div element without introducing additional tags like the img tag.

We can enhance the image background by applying an overlay gradient to the div element to make things even more visually appealing.

Here is a simple and effective method to achieve this using the Tailwind CSS utilities. Particularly by leveraging pseudo-elements.

Prepare The Target Component

Assuming you already installed Tailwind CSS in your project. Here is an example of the target element we will add to the image background:

<div class="w-full
            h-screen
            max-h-[32rem]
            p-24
            relative
            overflow-hidden
            block
            z-10
			">
	<h1 class="text-black text-4xl">Image background with overlay gradient</h1>
</div>Ï
  • Here we create a block of components. For now, we set the font to black to see the text.

Here is the look

Add Image Background Utility

From our above code, we will add the image background utility:

<div class="w-full
            h-screen
            max-h-[32rem]
            p-24
            relative
            overflow-hidden
            block
            z-10
						
            bg-[url('https://images.pexels.com/photos/572897/pexels-photo-572897.jpeg?auto=compress&cs=tinysrgb&w=1260&h=750&dpr=1')]
            bg-cover
            bg-no-repeat
            bg-center
			">
	<h1 class="text-black text-4xl">Image background with overlay gradient</h1>
</div>Ï

Here is the look:

Add Gradient Overlay

Now, time to add the gradient as the overlay layer of the image background:

<div class="w-full
            h-screen
            max-h-[32rem]
            p-24
            relative
            overflow-hidden
            block
            z-10
						
            bg-[url('https://images.pexels.com/photos/572897/pexels-photo-572897.jpeg?auto=compress&cs=tinysrgb&w=1260&h=750&dpr=1')]
            bg-cover
            bg-no-repeat
            bg-center

            before:content-['']
            before:absolute
            before:inset-0
            before:block
            before:bg-gradient-to-r
            before:from-green-400
            before:to-blue-500
            before:opacity-75
            before:z-[-5]
			">
	<h1 class="text-black text-4xl">Image background with overlay gradient</h1>
</div>Ï
  • We utilize :before pseudo-element to create an element within the current div element.

Here is the look:

Thats it! Now we have div that have an image background and gradient overlay.

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