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Perhaps you've heard of CSS filters? You can apply them do any element from CSS, like:
You can even apply that to a HTML element or an SVG element.
But there is also filters you can define within SVG, and there are more options when you do. Here's an example definition:
<feMorphology operator="erode" radius="2" />
You then can apply it to an element right in the SVG like:
<!-- could be anything -->
<image filter="url(#pictureFilter)" xlink:href="image.jpg" width="100%" height="100%" x="0" y="0" />
Or, from the CSS by referencing the ID similarly:
There are a lot SVG filters. Familiar ones like blur, and weird ones that apply painterly effects. Here's the spec.
The link to http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/graphics/hands-on-css3/hands-on_svg-filter-effects.htm is no longer there.
I am having a horrible time trying to grayscale some SVG icons in IE. Nothing simple I have found seems to work.
Hey Mike! Yeah, that link is a little dated now that Edge has, umm, edged out IE. Here’s where you can find the archive of that page: https://testdrive-archive.azurewebsites.net/Graphics/hands-on-css3/hands-on_svg-filter-effects.htm
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