The shape-image-threshold CSS property sets the alpha channel threshold used to extract the shape using an image as the value for shape-outside.

Any pixels whose alpha component's value is greater than the threshold are considered to be part of the shape for the purposes of determining its boundaries. For example, a value of 0.5 means that the shape will enclose all the pixels that are more than 50% opaque.


/* <number> value */
shape-image-threshold: 0.7;

/* Global values */
shape-image-threshold: inherit;
shape-image-threshold: initial;
shape-image-threshold: revert;
shape-image-threshold: unset;



Sets the threshold used for extracting a shape from an image. The shape is defined by the pixels whose alpha value is greater than the threshold. Values outside the range 0.0 (fully transparent) to 1.0 (fully opaque) are clamped to this range.

Formal definition

Initial value0.0
Applies tofloats
Computed valueThe same as the specified value after clipping the <number> to the range [0.0, 1.0].
Animation typea number

Formal syntax


<alpha-value> = <number> | <percentage>


Aligning text to a gradient

This example creates a <div> block with a gradient background image. The gradient is established as a CSS shape using shape-outside, so that pixels within the gradient which are at least 20% opaque (that is, those pixels with an alpha component greater than 0.2) are considered part of the shape.


<div id="gradient-shape"></div>

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#gradient-shape {
  width: 150px;
  height: 150px;
  float: left;
  background-image: linear-gradient(30deg, black, transparent 80%,
  shape-outside: linear-gradient(30deg, black, transparent 80%,
  shape-image-threshold: 0.2;

The shape is established here using background-image with a linear gradient rather than an image file. The same gradient is also used as the image from which the shape is derived for establishing the float area, using the shape-outside property.

The 20% opacity threshold for treating gradient pixels as part of the shape is then established using shape-image-threshold with a value of 0.2.



CSS Shapes Module Level 2 (CSS Shapes 2)
# shape-image-threshold-property

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