How to use Perspective with Transform Options to Design 3D Photo Walls in Divi

Designing a 3D photo wall seems like something only possible using a photo editor like Photoshop or Sketch. But it’s not! These days there are a ton of seemingly impossible designs you can build on the web using just CSS. And with a page builder like Divi, you don’t even need to know much about CSS to create these kind of designs. That’s why today, I’m going to show you how to design 3D photo walls in Divi.

The trick is to use the perspective css property. With just a single line of CSS added to a parent element, you can use Divi’s built-in transform options to rotate items into life-like 3D designs.

Let’s get started!

Sneak Peek

Here is a sneak peek of the 3D Photo walls we will be designing today.

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Let’s get to the tutorial shall we?

Getting Started

To get started with this tutorial, all you need is the Divi Theme installed and active. You will need some images to work with, so feel free to use the same images I’m using from the Travel Agency Layout Pack. After that, you will need to create a new page, give the page and title, and deploy the Divi Builder to build on the front end. Then select the option “build from scratch”. That’s it. Your design canvas awaits!

Understanding How Perspective Works with Transform Options

If you ever took a basic art class, you probably are familiar with perspective. It is a technique used by artists to draw objects that appear to be 3D even though it exists on a 2D piece of paper or canvas. In web design, you can position elements in 3D positions using the transform property. In Divi, these transform options are built-in to the Divi builder. The main transform property that puts an element in a 3D position is transform rotate, which allow you to rotate items along the z, x, or y axis. However, if you rotate an item using transform rotate, the element won’t appear as 3D unless the perspective property is applied.

For example, let’s say you have a single image module with an image added to a one column row.

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Then you use the transform rotate property to rotate the image along the x axis. The image will rotate but remain 2D so the image simply look like it was squeezed from the top and bottom to become shorter.

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Now if you add perspective using small snippet of CSS to the Row’s main element (which is a parent element of the image), you add perspective to the image. Depending on the perspective value, you can increase or decrease the distance the object appears from the user looking at the screen. Here is an example of what the image will look like if you add “perspective: 600px” to the Row.

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You can see that the top portion of the image is smaller and the bottom of the image is larger, creating the perspective 3D effect. Basically the image looks 900px away from the user viewing the page.

In this tutorial, I will be using this same technique to rotate an entire row of images and then adding perspective to the parent section to create 3D photo walls.

Designing Top and Bottom 3D Photo Walls

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In this first design, we are going to add a 3D photo wall at the top and at the bottom of a single like of text which can be used as a heading. Here’s how to do it.

Creating the Top 3D Photo Wall

To get things started on your new page, create a regular section with a four-column row.

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In column 1, add an image module with your first image. All of the images I’m using in this example are 600px by 800px.

Once you upload your image to the image module, update the padding as follows:

Custom Padding: 3% top, 3% bottom, 3% left, 3% right

Duplicate (or copy and paste) the image and add them to each of the four columns so that you have three images in each of the four columns like this.

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This will serve as the top wall (or ceiling) that we will rotate and add perspective to create the 3D wall design.

Customize the Section to Add Perspective and Hide Overflow

Since we are going to be rotating the row module (not individual images), we need to add the perspective property to the row’s parent which is the section. And in order to keep the images from going outside of the section container, we must add overflow hidden to both the vertical and horizontal overflow.

To do this open up the section setting and update the following:

Background Color: #000000
Custom Padding: 0px top, 0px bottom

To add the perspective property, add the following custom CSS to the main element:

Main Element CSS:

perspective: 400px;

The see the overflow properties as follows:

Horizontal Overflow: hidden
Vertical Overflow: hidden
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Update Row Settings: Width and Gutter Width

Now it’s time to customize the row to prepare it for the rotated 3D design. To do this we are going to shrink the width and get rid of any margin between the images by updating the gutter width.

Open the row settings and update the following:

Gutter Width: 1
Width: 300px (desktop, tablet, and phone)

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Update Row Settings: Transform Rotate and Origin

Now use the transform rotate option to rotate the row as follows:

Transform Rotate Y Axis: -58deg

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The change the Transform Origin as follows:

Transform Origin: bottom center (or 100% 50%)

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Update Row Settings: Custom Column Widths

Since we want the four-column layout to remain on tablet and phone displays, we need to override the css for column width at those breakpoints. To do this we need to add a width css property to each of the columns. Under the advanced tab, add the following custom CSS snippet to each column’s main element as follows:

(note: make sure the gutter width is set to 1 or this will not work)

Column 1 Main Element:

width: 25% !important;

Column 2 Main Element:

width: 25% !important;

Column 3 Main Element:

width: 25% !important;

Column 4 Main Element:

width: 25% !important;

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That’s it. Our first 3d photo wall has been created.

Create the Heading Section

To create our heading for the design, we need to create a new regular section with a one-column row directly under the current section.

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Before you add a module, update the section with a black background:

Background Color: #000000

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Then add the same perspective property to the section’s main element as we did before as follows:

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Then add a text module to the row with the following:

Content: Photography

Text Font: Titillium Web
Text Font Style: TT
Text Text Color: #ffffff
Text Text Size: 5vw
Text Letter Spacing: 6px
Text Line Height: 1em
Text Orientation: Center

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Now, we can add a transform rotation to the text module. With the perspective set at the parent (or section) the 3D effect will occur once we rotate the text.

Add the transform rotate values as follows:

Transform Rotate X Axis: -12deg
Transform Rotate Y Axis: 32deg

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Now we are ready to create the bottom 3D photo wall.

Create the Bottom 3D Photo wall (or Floor)

To create the bottom 3D photo wall, we can simply copy and paste the top section containing the top wall and paste it directly under the heading section.

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Next, update the row settings of the new section as follows:

Transform Rotate Y Axis: 58deg

Transform Origin: Top Center

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Final Design

That’s it! Let’s check out the final design.

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The design will also remain intact on mobile as well (aside from a little overflow).

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Creating Left and Right 3D Photo Walls

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For this next design, we are going to create 3D photo walls on the left and right side of our heading instead of the top and bottom. To jumpstart the design process, we will be using some of our prebuilt designs in our first example.

Toi start, duplicate the bottom section of the first design example containing the bottom image wall. Then open the row settings of the new section and reset the transform options back to the default state.

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Next duplicate the row.

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Next, copy the Row (not the section) containing the text module with the heading in the first design example. Then paste it between the two rows containing the images.

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This is a similar setup to the first design, except all of our rows are inside of one section. This is important for the next step.

We want our two image walls to be on the left and right of the page with the text in the center. An easy way to do this is to use display flex on our section. This will align our rows horizontally within the section.

To do this, open the section settings and add the following custom CSS to the Main Element:

(Notice we are bumping up the perspective value to 700px to create more “Z space” distance of the user’s perspective.)

Main Element CSS:

perspective: 700px;
display:flex;

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And voila! Our walls are in place and ready for rotation.

Add More Images for a higher wall

To make our 3D photo wall a bit higher, all we need to do is add another image to each of our four columns in each of the rows containing images. Just make sure they carry over the 3% padding like the others.

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Changing the Width of the Two Side Rows

Before we rotate our image wall, first we need to adjust their width to 100%. Open the row settings for the image wall on the left side and update the following:

Width: 100% (desktop, tablet, phone)
Max-width: 100%

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Then do the same for the row on the right side.

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Rotating the Side Rows for 3D Effect

Now we are ready to add our transform rotation to each of our rows. First, open the row settings for the left row and update the following:

Transform Rotate X Axis: 90deg

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Next, open the row settings for the row on the right side and update the following:

Transform Rotate X Axis: -90deg

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With our perspective in place at the section level, our rows will display as 3D photo walls on each side of our text module.

Final Result

Let’s check out the final result.

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To put a little icing on the cake, you can add a background image with 3D graphical elements. Here is an example of the design with a background image taken from the Cryptocurrency Layout Pack.

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Bonus Hover Effect: Swing those walls into View on Hover!

You can easily add a transform rotate hover effect that will allow the user to view the image wall by swinging it into view on hover. To do this open the left row settings and update the following:

Transform Origin: left center
Transform Rotate X Axis (hover): 0deg

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Then on the right row settings, update the following:

Transform Origin: right center
Transform Rotate X Axis (hover): 0deg

Now check out the result.

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Bonus Design Effect: Make Images Break Away into Space

Since the Row of Images in being rotated with perspective in place, you can move the images within your row using transform translate. What is cool about this is that the movement will stay along the 3D plane. To do this, simply open the settings of an image and use the transform translate option to move the image outside of the grid into space!

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Here is an example of what that would look like by adding a few transform translate values to images.

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Final Thoughts

Creating 3D Photo Walls in Divi really does make an impressive impact on the design of a page. And I must say it is really fun to experiment with different designs using the techniques in this article. The perspective property works hand in hand with the transform options to create countless life like 3D designs! And don’t forget these rows (or walls) can be filled with any module in Divi. So feel free to try out some blurbs as well. I hope this will inspire you to create something unique today.

I look forward to hearing from you in the comments.

Cheers!

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