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

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

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
Canonical orderthe unique non-ambiguous order defined by the formal grammar


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

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

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


Is a <blend-mode> denoting the blending mode to be applied. There can be several values, separated by commas.

Formal syntax




Specification Status Comment
Compositing and blending Level 1
The definition of 'background-blend-mode' in that specification.
Candidate Recommendation Initial definition

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 35 30.0 (30.0) Not supported 22 7.1
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support Not supported 30.0 (30.0) Not supported 22 8

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