Carousel or merry-go-around is one of the attraction on any child park. Seats arranged in a circle and whole platform rotating in either direction gives sense of excitement. In case of digital carousel i.e. 3D sliders each seat serve as a placeholder for content to be disseminated. Primary tools for designing 3D carousel sliders are CSS and JavaScript. CSS carousel sliders are purely based on CSS whereas JavaScript carousel slider can contain even few lines of CSS code.

Various sectors can implement 3D carousel sliders to provide information within single section. In current trend we see such sliders for movie websites offering movies being shown or are coming soon, e-commerce sites boosting marketing for branded products and so on. Mostly mobile and electronic devices make use of 3D transformation sliders. Some examples being music application, games etc. This allows viewers to know slightly more than present state.


Responsive 3D Carousel Slider Code Snippet For Web Design

Some amazing responsive 3D carousel sliders have been described here along with code demo and possible application. The collection contains more than 12 designs. These sliders can be easily implemented to boost websites. Check them yourselves to know more.

1. 3D Rotating Carousel

Although the demo is based on outer space, nowadays we see this type of 3D effect on cricket matches. Imagine two rivals facing off in a game of cricket. The rotating carousel shows information on multiple factors. These may include previous encounters, recent forms, weather conditions and so on. Moreover, inclusion of sound effect can boost the overall experience.

CSS carousel slider 3D

Author Sean Emmel has achieved this rotating carousel effect using HTML and CSS only. Images for demo have been retrieved from various web links. Therefore, this graphical attraction can be easily used for desired images and sites.


2. 3D Carousel

Author hoangtran shows beautiful way to relive precious moments with special ones with his creativity. Firstly what stands out of all is the starting. Each picture are initially piled up. They then rotate left and right aligning themselves in a circle. It also contains a background music with play/stop button to complete magic. Selected pictures rotate slowly and borders are slightly enlighten upon hover. The pictures are also clickable. The clicked images open on new tab though this demo contains the option for only one.

3D carousel with audio

Above carousel was entirely based on CSS while this one is a good example for CSS & JavaScript Carousel Slider.

Demo/Code Fork

3. 3D Carousel Gallery

Photo gallery using 3D carousel

The concept for this JavaScript and CSS 3D Carousel is rather simple. At any instance, slider focuses primarily on three things. Current picture resides on the middle and two on both sides. Designer Dudley Storey has also provided navigation arrows on both side.Clicking on either arrow slides the picture in same direction. This results in transition of images as required.


4. Split 3D Carousel

Two blocks with synchronized rotation are like a solved Rubik’s cube. Left block contains image and rotates downward when navigating down and accordingly while going up. One on right is information relevant to the corresponding image. Text block rotates on opposite direction as image block. The movement are not automatic though. Side bar is present with dot as navigation direction.

tourism with 3D carousel

This carousel slider is a good element for any travel related website. Tourists can quickly get overview of popular or hidden destinations.


5. Rotating Carousel with CSS and JavaScript

Author SitePoint has shown 6 different rotating carousel in a single demo. This CSS and JavaScript carousel slider can be considered as compilation of multiple carousel slider discussed on this article.

CSS JavaScript Carousel Slider

First carousel is a triangular prism with base showing current image. However, remaining images can be navigated using next and prev buttons. Next carousel is same but with four images. As a result allows inclusion of more images. Next demos are in hexagon pattern with similar property. Different spacing between sliders are used to experiment with views. Furthermore, back faces can be visible or hidden. One implementation that comes into mind while looking at this view is icon representation in mobile or other OS.


6. jR3DCarousel – jQuery 3D Responsive Carousel

Responsive carousel slider

One of the highlight of this carousel is use of multiple navigation arrow. Users can navigate with traditional left / right arrow sign. In addition circular dots are also present. These dots reflect to changes made with navigation arrow. Smooth transition effect sets pleasant change of views. If you click the navigation button few times rapidly; the effect follows the laws of inertia.


7. 3D Carousel

At first glance this CSS JavaScript 3D carousel may look like others but this one contains more dynamic features. Firstly, videos have replaced images. Rotation and slight movement of sliders respond to the mouse hover. This makes the carousel most responsive 3D carousel discussed yet. Site providing streaming services such as Amazon, Netflix can use this slider to showcase their many offerings under a single view. Users can easily navigate through many shows and choose easily.


3D Carousel for video sliders

8. Theta Carousel 3D

Purchase option in the preview shows the success of Theta Carousel 3D. It will easily make into home page of any website. The popularity of it comes as a result of varieties of features packed along. Motions such as parabolic, cubic can be set for the slider. Moreover, physical phenomenons like momentum, tension, rotation, stretch setup make this carousel even realistic.

Best Carousel

Theta Carousel 3D is no less than any hero in the world of CSS JavaScript 3D Carousel with video of its own. Nearly 6 minutes long video explains about this slider in even more detail.

9. Vue Carousel 3D

This is one of the 3D carousel available for purchase. Varieties of transition effects, style and control setup are among main features of vue carousel 3D. Transition of slides can be obtained by either clicking on images, use of navigation buttons or set auto play. Furthermore, transition effect can be for next image or any other image in the range and many more.

CSS JavaScript Carousel 3D

Mobile phone gallery contains such 3D carousel slider to scroll through images. Not only images customization of multiple home pages, icon views use similar slider.


10. 3D Carousel Slider

Images aligned in a single line are unpacked and then aligned in a horizontal view. Navigation arrow rotates and transits the image with previous and upcoming images slightly faded. This results in current image standing out but with some visibility over other images. The slider appearance and functionality may vary based on version of browser. On legacy browsers the effect is transformation matrix filter whereas recent versions fully support 3D effect.


True cross browser 3D carousel

11. 3D Carousel 3

Did you ever owe an iPod nano ? If yes, then this 3D carousel slider will remind you of same. When the screen is oriented horizontally slides of music covers are shown with current selection being in middle with greater width and height while rest resides just behind it comparatively smaller.

iPod slider

Author Juan C. Irizar has used minimum CSS codes while using plugins from other creators to achieve this JavaScript carousel slider. Navigation up to 2 images is possible on either side for this 3D slider. Navigation speed depends upon image position selected for navigation. Since external navigation arrow or pointers are not present; images themselves serve for same.


12. 3D Carousel Example

Image selection and slider effect gives the vibe of an art exhibition. The 3D slider shows 3 images at any instance separated a distance apart. The main image is centered and zoomed while adjacent images are proportionately small. Moreover, each image consists of a caption.

Carousel slider for pet

This example of 3D carousel has only few line of JavaScript code and hugely relies on CSS. Use of navigation button makes the central image go little bit back and to either side allowing space for next image to take the spot. It may go unnoticed due to screen size of demo but there are two options for navigation. One is tradition next and prev button while other being dot pointers.


13. 3D Carousel Gallery II

Another carousel slider on the list by author Dudley Storey. This one makes the use of CSS, HTML and some complex JavaScript.

As with other few 3D sliders, this one also displays at least 3 images along with some portion of back images. The back images certainly won’t get same reflection until brought to front. Navigation is only possible through navigation arrow as adjacent images are not clickable. However, on hovering them we can see caption for the image appear on at the bottom of image. Slightly faded black background makes the caption readable regardless of image color without hampering it. Moreover, images are zoomed upon click. Another click sets image to default size.

fashion 3D Slider

A range of dress showcase can be designed using this 3D carousel slider where viewers can zoom in to see even more clearly.


14. Carousel Slider

Author Juan C. Irizar has come up with another 3D CSS JavaScript Slider. This time more in a document management fashion.

A folder containing multiple files seems to be the main theme of this one. Digital version of a common pen holder but storing files and documents can seems to describe this better.

Document slider

Items have navigation option with click on image or navigation buttons. However, navigation button resets the view. This makes surfing through images option more important and usable.



3D carousel slider examples shown above show the use of CSS and JavaScript to make amazing visuals. Some sliders are entirely based on CSS while some makes use of math tricks on JavaScript.

The carousel slider effect can be used in multiple areas where digital display comes to use. Sliders lets users see what’s now and what’s next. Advertising campaign or visual feature in an electronic device everywhere slider can be included. Selection of slider can vary as per need, specification and targeted audience.

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