The background-blend-mode CSS property sets how an element's background images should blend with each other and with the element's background color.

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Blending modes should be defined in the same order as the background-image property. If the blending modes' and background images' list lengths are not equal, it will be repeated and/or truncated until lengths match.


/* One value */
background-blend-mode: normal;

/* Two values, one per background */
background-blend-mode: darken, luminosity;

/* Global values */
background-blend-mode: inherit;
background-blend-mode: initial;
background-blend-mode: revert;
background-blend-mode: revert-layer;
background-blend-mode: unset;



The blending mode to be applied. There can be several values, separated by commas.

Formal definition

Initial valuenormal
Applies toAll elements. In SVG, it applies to container elements, graphics elements, and graphics referencing elements.. It also applies to ::first-letter and ::first-line.
Computed valueas specified
Animation typediscrete

Formal syntax

background-blend-mode = 


Basic example

.item {
  width: 300px;
  height: 300px;
  background: url("image1.png"), url("image2.png");
  background-blend-mode: screen;

Try out different blend modes


Compositing and Blending Level 2
# background-blend-mode

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