[ACCEPTED]-Correct way to animate box-shadow with jQuery-box-shadow

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Using Edwin Martin's jQuery plugin for shadow animation, which extends the 16 .animate method, you can simply use the normal syntax 15 with "boxShadow" and every facet 14 of that - color, the x- and y-offset, the blur-radius and spread-radius - gets animated. It 13 includes multiple shadow support.

  boxShadow: "0px 0px 5px 3px hsla(100, 70%, 60%, 0.8)"

Using CSS animations instead

jQuery 12 animates by changing the style property of DOM 11 elements, which can cause surprises with 10 specificity and moves style information 9 out of your stylesheets.

I can't find browser 8 support stats for CSS shadow animation, but 7 you might consider using jQuery to apply 6 an animation-based class instead of handling 5 the animation directly. For example, you 4 can define a box-shadow animation in your 3 stylesheet:

@keyframes shadowPulse {
    0% {
        box-shadow: 0px 0px 10px 0px hsla(0, 0%, 0%, 1);

    100% {
        box-shadow: 0px 0px 5px 0px hsla(0, 0%, 0%, 0);

.shadow-pulse {
    animation-name: shadowPulse;
    animation-duration: 1.5s;
    animation-iteration-count: 1;
    animation-timing-function: linear;

You can then use the native animationend event 2 to synchronise the end of the animation 1 with what you were doing in your JS code:

$(element).on('animationend', function(){    
    // do something else...
Score: 30

If you are using jQuery 1.4.3+ then you 5 can take advantage of the cssHooks code 4 that was added.

By using the boxShadow hook: https://github.com/brandonaaron/jquery-cssHooks/blob/master/boxshadow.js

You 3 can do something like this:

    'boxShadowX': '10px',
    'boxShadowBlur': '20px'

The hook doesn't 2 let you animate the color yet but I am sure 1 with some work that could be added.

Example: http://jsfiddle.net/petersendidit/w5aAn/

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If you don't want to use a plugin, it can 3 be done with a bit of CSS:

  background-color: gray;
  animation: shadowThrob 0.9s infinite;
  animation-direction: alternate;
  -webkit-animation: shadowThrob 0.9s ease-out infinite;
  -webkit-animation-direction: alternate;
@keyframes shadowThrob {
  from {box-shadow: 0 0 30px 10px rgba(190,65,12, 0.9);}
  to {box-shadow: 0 0 30px 10px rgba(190,65,12, 0.2);}
@-webkit-keyframes shadowThrob {
  from {box-shadow: 0 0 30px 10px rgba(190,65,12, 0.9);}
  to {box-shadow: 0 0 30px 10px rgba(190,65,12, 0.2);}
/*NOTE: The animation property is not supported in Internet Explorer 9 and earlier versions.*/

Check it out: http://jsfiddle.net/Z8E5U/

If 2 you want full documentation on CSS animations, your 1 path to wizardry begins here..

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I love the ShaneSauce solution ! Use a class 3 intead of an ID and you can add/remove the 2 effect to any element using jQuery addClass/delay/removeClass 1 :

$('.error').each( function(idx, el){
    $( el )
        .addClass( 'highlight' )
        .delay( 2000 )
        .removeClass( 'highlight' );
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Here is an example of how to do it without 4 a plugin: jQuery animated Box But it doesn't have the extra 3 functionality that comes with the use of 2 a plugin, but I personally like to see (and 1 understand) the method behind the madness.

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