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How TO - Image Overlay Icon

Learn how to create an image overlay icon effect on hover.

Image Overlay Icon

Hover over the image to see the overlay effect.

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How To Create an Overlay Image Icon

Step 1) Add HTML:


<!-- Add icon library -->
<link rel="stylesheet" href="">

<div class="container">
  <img src="img_avatar.png" alt="Avatar" class="image">
  <div class="overlay">
    <a href="#" class="icon" title="User Profile">
      <i class="fa fa-user"></i>

Step 2) Add CSS:


/* Container needed to position the overlay. Adjust the width as needed */
.container {
  position: relative;
  width: 100%;
  max-width: 400px;

/* Make the image to responsive */
.image {
  width: 100%;
  height: auto;

/* The overlay effect (full height and width) - lays on top of the container and over the image */
.overlay {
  position: absolute;
  top: 0;
  bottom: 0;
  left: 0;
  right: 0;
  height: 100%;
  width: 100%;
  opacity: 0;
  transition: .3s ease;
  background-color: red;

/* When you mouse over the container, fade in the overlay icon*/
.container:hover .overlay {
  opacity: 1;

/* The icon inside the overlay is positioned in the middle vertically and horizontally */
.icon {
  color: white;
  font-size: 100px;
  position: absolute;
  top: 50%;
  left: 50%;
  transform: translate(-50%, -50%);
  -ms-transform: translate(-50%, -50%);
  text-align: center;

/* When you move the mouse over the icon, change color */
.fa-user:hover {
  color: #eee;
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Tip: Also see other image overlay effects (fade, slide, etc) in our How To - Image Hover Overlay.

Go to our CSS Images Tutorial to learn more about how to style images.