Shadows and Glows


We use two different styles of box shadows at Contentful. Box shadows to communicate depth, and glows to communicate semantics.

Box shadows are used to give depth to the user interface.

boxShadowPositive0px 1px 0px rgb(25, 37, 50, 0.1)
boxShadowDefault0px 0px 0px 1px rgba(25, 37, 50, 0.1), 0px 3px 7px -3px rgba(25, 37, 50, 0.1), 0px 6px 12px -2px rgba(25, 37, 50, 0.1);
boxShadowHeavy0px 0px 0px 1px rgba(25, 37, 50, 0.1), 0px -6px 16px -6px rgba(25, 37, 50, 0.03), 0px 8px 16px -8px rgba(25, 37, 50, 0.2), 0px 13px 27px -5px rgba(25, 37, 50, 0.15);
insetBoxShadowDefaultinset 0px 2px 0px rgba(225, 228, 232, 0.2);


Glows are used to indicate semantic focus states, for example in the Button component.

glowPrimary0px 0px 0px 3px #98CBFF
glowNegative0px 0px 0px 3px #FFB1B2
glowPositive0px 0px 0px 3px #9ED696
glowWarning0px 0px 0px 3px #FDE5C0
glowMuted0px 0px 0px 3px #E7EBEE

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