What is Parallax Scrolling Effect?

Parallax scrolling is a website effect where the background content (i.e. an image) is moved at a different speed than the foreground content while scrolling.

Parallax effect creates the appearance of depth and dimension by moving two elements at different rates when scrolling through a web page or slide.

Some may move faster, others may move slow, while a few may stand still.

Note: Parallax scrolling does not always work on mobile devices or smart phones. However, media queries can be used to turn off the effect on mobile devices.

Guidelines:

If you do use these websites as inspiration for your own, remember to follow some of these guidelines for accessible parallax effect design:

  • Keep the number of parallax effects to a minimum
  • Constraint movement effects within a small area of the screen
  • Include options for users to turn off parallax effects
  • Don’t let your effects distract users from important information
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