How to Make a CSS3 Floating Follow Tab with Rollover Effects

Learn how to use CSS3 to create a nice, translucent Newsletter/RSS/Twitter/Facebook tab with rounded corners, gradient background and drop shadow. Full example and code download included.

Create a CSS3 Floating Follow Tab with Rollover Effects

Recently, a reader asked us how we created our floating orange "follow" tab that appears on the right-hand side of every page on It's quite a nice effect and it also uses some interesting new CSS3 features, so I thought it'd make a good topic for a tutorial!

In this tutorial you'll learn how to:

  • Work with CSS sprites
  • Position stuff relative to the browser window, rather than the page
  • Create CSS3 rounded borders
  • Add CSS3 drop shadows, and
  • Create cross-browser translucent gradient backgrounds (using no images!)

Ready? Let's get started!

Step 1. Create the sprite image

Our first job is to create the image for the buttons within the tab. To do this, we'll use a technique known as CSS sprites. The basic idea is that you create a single image containing all the buttons, in both their normal and their rollover states. Here's the finished image that we need to make:

The finished sprite image
The finished sprite image, with normal and hover states for each of the 4 buttons

You then use the same image as the background for all the buttons, and position the image differently for each button (and rollover state) to reveal just the desired part of the image. It's almost like sliding the frames of a movie through a movie projector.

My Making CSS Rollover Buttons tutorial uses a simpler version of this technique, creating a rollover effect for a single button.

Using a single sprite image like this gives you a few advantages over having separate images per button and normal/rollover state:

  • The resulting single image is usually smaller (in terms of file size) than having separate images.
  • The browser only has to request a single image, which results in less network overhead.
  • You can group all your button images in a single image file, making them easier to organize.

The disadvantages of sprites include:

  • It can be fiddly creating your sprite image, especially if you're working with elements of different sizes.
  • You have to use a tiny bit of maths to work out the background positions for each button.

On the whole, though, using sprites for things like buttons is a good idea, especially if you want the buttons to have a rollover effect.

OK, let's create the above image! For the design, Simon (our lovely designer) had already provided me with a Photoshop file containing the tab and basic buttons (you will of course need to create your own design to match the look of your site):

Screenshot of original PSD
The original Photoshop page design, containing the basic tab and buttons

We'll be creating the tab itself using pure CSS, so the only images we need to deal with are the buttons. Here are the steps to create the sprite image for the buttons:

  1. Create a new Photoshop document
    Make it as wide as the buttons — 24 pixels in the case of — and reasonably tall, say 200 pixels. Turn off the Background layer so that the document is transparent. Save the file as follow-tab-buttons.psd.
  2. Drag the first icon into the top of the document
    Select the topmost button image you've created — the email icon in this case — and drag it into the document so it sits at the top of the image.
  3. Create a copy of the icon and position it
    Drag the icon layer down to the New Layer icon in the Layers panel to copy it. Then use the Move tool with the Up/Down cursor keys to move this layer down so it's directly below the first layer in the image. You might be able to do this by eye; alternatively, you can use the Rectangular Marquee tool and Info panel to work out the dimensions of the first layer, which will help you position the copied layer. Photoshop's Guides feature can also help here, as can zooming in!
  4. Create a Brightness/Contrast layer between the 2 layers
    Click the copied layer in the Layers panel, then choose Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness/Contrast. Set the Brightness to +50, and leave the Contrast at zero. You should now see that the copied icon is brighter than the original:
    Screenshot of original PSD
    After creating the Brightness/Contrast layer, the bottom icon is brighter than the top
  5. Group the layers
    Now select the 2 icon layers and the Brightness/Contrast layer in the Layers panel, and hit Control/Command-G to group them together. Name the group after the icon (e.g. "Newsletter"), and change its blend mode from "Pass Through" to "Normal" so that the Brightness/Contrast layer doesn't affect other groups.
  6. Create the remaining icons
    You've now created your newsletter icon in both normal and rollover states. Now repeat the above process to create the other 3 icons. Again, you can use Guides and other tools to help position each pair of icons in the document.
  7. Trim the image
    When you're done, you'll probably be left with some vertical whitespace below the last button, so choose Image > Trim and select Transparent Pixels to remove the whitespace.

When you're finished, you should have a PSD with all of your buttons in both normal and hover states, all nicely aligned vertically and with no gaps:

Screenshot of finished sprite PSD
The finished sprite Photoshop file (zoomed in)

Save the file, and then use File > Save for Web & Devices to export the sprite as a PNG-24 image. Make sure the Transparency option is selected, since we want our buttons to sit on top of the gradient background. Call the file follow-tab-buttons.png and save it to an images folder on your hard drive.

You'll find the finished PSD inside the images folder in the code download zip file.

Step 2. Create the basic markup

Screenshot of basic page

Our Photoshop work is done. Now we can start creating the tab in our webpage!

First we'll create a dummy page to hold our tab. For this I've simply borrowed the HTML page I created in Smooth Fading Image Captions with Pure CSS3, and stripped out all the things that we don't need for this tutorial. This page contains an excerpt from a public domain book, along with a few images. I've also included some CSS to style the page and the excerpt.

Here's the page markup:

<!doctype html>
<html lang="en">

<title>CSS3 Floating Follow Tab with Rollover Effects | Demo |</title>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html;charset=utf-8">

<style type="text/css">

/* Add some margin to the page and set a default font and colour */

body {
  margin: 30px;
  font-family: "Georgia", serif;
  line-height: 1.8em;
  color: #333;

/* Set the content dimensions */

#content {
  width: 800px;
  padding: 50px;
  margin: 0 auto;
  display: block;
  font-size: 1.2em;

#content h2 {
  line-height: 1.5em;

/* Style the images */

img.inline {
  position: relative;
  display: block;
  border: 1px solid #333;
  margin: 5px 0 10px 0;

/* Header/footer boxes */

.wideBox {
  clear: both;
  text-align: center;
  margin: 70px;
  padding: 10px;
  background: #ebedf2;
  border: 1px solid #333;

.wideBox h1 {
  font-weight: bold;
  margin: 20px;
  color: #666;
  font-size: 1.5em;



<div class="wideBox">
  <h1>CSS3 Floating Follow Tab with Rollover Effects</h1>

<div id="content">

  <h1>Aircraft and Submarines</h1>
  <h2>The Story of the Invention, Development, and Present-Day Uses of War's Newest Weapons</h2>
  <h3>By Willis J. Abbot</h3>

  <img class="inline" style="width: 300px; height: 373px; float: left; margin-right: 20px;" src="images/fighting-by-sea-and-sky.jpg" alt="Fighting by Sea and Sky" />

  <p>Not since gunpowder was first employed in warfare has so
  revolutionary a contribution to the science of slaughtering men been
  made as by the perfection of aircraft and submarines. The former
  have had their first employment in this world-wide war of the
  nations. The latter, though in the experimental stage as far back as
  the American Revolution, have in this bitter contest been for the
  first time brought to so practical a stage of development as to
  exert a really appreciable influence on the outcome of the struggle.</p>

  <p>Comparatively few people appreciate how the thought of navigating
  the air's dizziest heights and the sea's gloomiest depths has
  obsessed the minds of inventors. From the earliest days of history
  men have grappled with the problem, yet it is only within two
  hundred years for aircraft and one hundred for submarines that any
  really intelligent start has been made upon its solution. The men
  who really gave practical effect to the vague theories which others
  set up&mdash;in aircraft the Wrights, Santos-Dumont, and Count Zeppelin;
  in submarines Lake and Holland&mdash;are either still living, or have
  died so recently that their memory is still fresh in the minds of

  <p>In this book the author has sketched swiftly the slow stages by
  which in each of these fields of activity success has been attained.
  He has collated from the immense (p. iv) mass of records of the
  activities of both submarines and aircraft enough interesting data
  to show the degree of perfection and practicability to which both
  have been brought. And he has outlined so far as possible from
  existing conditions the possibilities of future usefulness in fields
  other than those of war of these new devices.</p>

  <img class="inline" style="width: 452px; height: 300px; float: right; margin-left: 20px;" src="images/a-battle-in-mid-air.jpg" alt="A Battle in Mid-air" />

  <p>The most serious difficulty encountered in dealing with the present
  state and future development of aircraft is the rapidity with which
  that development proceeds. Before a Congressional Committee last
  January an official testified that grave delay in the manufacture of
  airplanes for the army had been caused by the fact that types
  adopted a scant three months before had become obsolete, because of
  experience on the European battlefields, and later inventions before
  the first machines could be completed. There may be exaggeration in
  the statement but it is largely true. Neither the machines nor the
  tactics employed at the beginning of the war were in use in its
  fourth year. The course of this evolution, with its reasons, are
  described in this volume.</p>

  <p>Opportunities for the peaceful use of airplanes are beginning to
  suggest themselves daily. After the main body of this book was in
  type the Postmaster-General of the United States called for bids for
  an aërial mail service between New York and Washington&mdash;an act urged
  upon the Government in this volume. That service contemplates a
  swift carriage of first-class mail at an enhanced price&mdash;the
  tentative schedule being three hours, and a postage fee of
  twenty-five cents an ounce. There can be no doubt of the success of
  the service, its value to the public, and its possibilities of
  revenue to the post-office. Once its usefulness is established it
  will be extended to routes of similar length, such as New York
  (p. v) and Boston, New York and Buffalo, or New York and
  Pittsburgh. The mind suggests no limit to the extension of aërial
  service, both postal and passenger, in the years of industrial
  activity that shall follow the war.</p>

  <img class="inline" style="width: 420px; height: 321px; float: left; margin-right: 20px;" src="images/the-giant-and-the-pigmies.jpg" alt="The Giant and the Pigmies" />

  <p>In the preparation of this book the author has made use of many
  records of personal experiences of those who have dared the air's
  high altitudes and the sea's stilly depths. For permission to use
  certain of these he wishes to express his thanks to the Century Co.,
  for extracts from <i>My Airships</i> by Santos-Dumont; to Doubleday, Page
  &amp; Co., for extracts from <i>Flying for France</i>, by James R. McConnell;
  to Charles Scribner's Sons, for material drawn from <i>With the French
  Flying Corps</i>, by Carroll Dana Winslow; to <i>Collier's Weekly</i>, for
  certain extracts from interviews with Wilbur Wright; to <i>McClure's
  Magazine</i>, for the account of Mr. Ray Stannard Baker's trip in a
  Lake submarine; to Hearst's International Library, and to the
  <i>Scientific American</i>, for the use of several illustrations.</p>



Save this page as index.html in the same place as your images folder you created earlier.

I've included the images from the page in the code download (click the button at the top of this article). Put these images in your images folder.

Step 3. Add the markup for the tab

Now that we've built our holding page, we can begin to add the tab itself.

First, the tab's markup:

<ul id="followTab">
  <li><a class="newsletter" href="/newsletter/" title="Subscribe to the Elated Extra newsletter"><span>Subscribe to the Elated Extra newsletter</span></a></li>
  <li><a class="rss" href="" title="Subscribe to's RSS feed"><span>Subscribe to's RSS feed</span></a></li>
  <li><a class="twitter" href="" title="Follow on Twitter"><span>Follow on Twitter</span></a></li>
  <li><a class="facebook" href="" title="Follow on Facebook"><span>Follow on Facebook</span></a></li>

As you can see, our tab is just an unordered list of links. We place each link's text in a span element so that we can hide the text for CSS-enabled browsers (and display the button instead).

We've given the list an ID of followTab so that we can style it as our floating tab. Each link is given its own class (newsletter, rss, twitter, facebook) so that we can style each link with its own button image. Simple!

Place this markup into the page you created in Step 2. I placed it just before the "content" div, but in fact you can place it pretty much anywhere you like inside the body element, since it will be floated above the rest of the page content.

Step 4. Style the tab

Screenshot of empty tab

Now comes the fun bit! It's time to style our #followTab ul element so that it looks like a tab.

Here's the CSS:

/* The tab itself */

#followTab {

  /* No bullets */
  list-style: none;

  /* Position and float the tab */  
  position: fixed;
  z-index: 1;
  right: 0;
  top: 130px;
  /* Give the tab width and padding */
  width: 24px;
  padding: 8px 5px;
  /* Add the curved white border */
  border: 3px solid #fff;
  border-right: none;
  -moz-border-radius: 10px 0 0 10px;
  -webkit-border-radius: 10px 0 0 10px;
  border-radius: 10px 0 0 10px;
  /* Add the drop shadow */
  -moz-box-shadow: 0 0 7px rgba(0, 0, 0, .6);
  -webkit-box-shadow: 0 0 7px rgba(0, 0, 0, .6);
  box-shadow: 0 0 7px rgba(0, 0, 0, .6);
  /* Add the semitransparent gradient background */
  background: rgba(239, 91, 10, .75);
  background: -moz-linear-gradient(top, rgba(243, 52, 8, .75), rgba(239, 91, 10, .75));
  background: -webkit-gradient( linear, left top, left bottom, from( rgba(243, 52, 8, .75) ), to( rgba(239, 91, 10, .75) ) );
  background: linear-gradient(top, rgba(243, 52, 8, .75), rgba(239, 91, 10, .75));
  filter: progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.Gradient( startColorStr='#c0f33408', endColorStr='#c0ef5b0a', GradientType=0 );

Let's work through each section of the above CSS:

  1. No bullets
    By default, list items have bullets to the left of them. We don't want the bullets, so we turn them off using list-style: none.
  2. Position and float the tab
    The trick to keeping the tab locked to the browser window instead of the page is to use position: fixed. This behaves much like position: absolute in that the element is taken out of the page flow, and you can then position it precisely using the top, right, bottom and left properties. However, whereas position: absolute is relative to the document, position: fixed is relative to the browser window. (Read more about positioning elements using CSS.)

    We also give the element a z-index of 1 to ensure it floats above all other content in the page (you might need to use a higher z-index if you're already using z-index in your page), then we use right and top to position the element on the right-hand edge of the browser window, 130 pixels from the top.
  3. Give the tab width and padding
    Next we use the width and padding properties to make the tab 24 pixels wide with 8 pixels of padding top and bottom, and 5 pixels of padding left and right. This ensures our icons will fit snugly within the tab, with a nice even amount of space around them.
  4. Add the curved white border
    We use the border property to add a 3-pixel white border to the tab. Since we don't want a border on the right, we also use border-right: none to override the right border.

    We then use the CSS3 border-radius property to add 2 curves to the border: one on the top left, and one on the bottom left. By passing 4 values to border-radius, we can specify the curve radius on each individual corner of the border. The 4 values work clockwise from the top left corner. So border-radius: 10px 0 0 10px adds 10-pixel curves only to the top left and bottom left corners.

    As well as the standard border-radius property, we add vendor-specific properties for Mozilla and WebKit browsers.

  5. Add the drop shadow
    We use the CSS3 box-shadow property (along with the vendor-specific versions) to add a subtle drop shadow to the tab, enhancing its "floating" effect. We set the drop shadow directly below the tab by specifying zero for both the horizontal and vertical offsets, and give the shadow a blur radius of 7 pixels. For the shadow colour, we use black with 60% opacity, so that the page content shows through the shadow slightly.
  6. Add the semitransparent gradient background
    The last — and most complex — step is to add the gradient background to the tab:

    • First we use the background property to specify a single-colour background for browsers that don't support CSS3 gradients. By specifying the colour in rgba format, we can set the background to 75% opacity, thereby making it translucent so that the page content can show through underneath.
    • Next we add a gradient background using the Mozilla gradient format, -moz-linear-gradient. We start the gradient at the top of the tab (it then defaults to ending at the bottom), and create 2 colour stops for the gradient — one at the start of the gradient, and one at the end. We specify both colours in rgba format with an opacity of 75%, making the gradient translucent.
    • We then specify the same gradient in WebKit format. WebKit's gradient format is both more flexible and more complex than Mozilla's. First we specify a linear gradient (as opposed to radial). Then we specify that we want the gradient to run from the top left corner of the tab to the bottom left corner. Finally we specify the 2 colour stops using from and to, again specifying the colours in rgba format so we can set an opacity of 75%.
    • Lastly, we add the gradient for IE browsers. IE does things a bit differently, using its proprietary Gradient filter to specify the gradient. We set the start colour for the gradient using startColorStr, the end colour using endColorStr, and a vertical (top-to-bottom) gradient with GradientType=0. The colours are specified in hexadecimal #AARRGGBB format, where AA is the alpha (opacity) value. In this case we've used #c0, which is equivalent to 75% opacity.
    • Update 11 April 2011: Sadly, although IE9 at last supports border-radius (hurrah!), it has a problem when using its Gradient filter in combination with border-radius: the background bleeds outside the rounded corners. Ah well — I thought IE9 sounded too good to be true. ;-)

      There are a couple of workarounds, as documented in the above link: You can use an SVG gradient (pretty painful) or just revert to using a gradient background image for IE9. This is what I ended up doing on — I created a 10x122-pixel gradient image in Photoshop based on the 2 RGB colour stops in the CSS, then set its layer opacity to 75% and exported as a PNG-24 image with transparency enabled. I removed the Gradient filter entirely from the CSS, and now just serve the background image to all versions of IE. It's a shame that we have to fall back to images for a browser as new as IE9, but there you go.

    Here a handy comparison of Mozilla's and WebKit's gradient formats, and here's an explanation of IE's Gradient filter.

Step 5. Style the list items and buttons

With our tab styled, it's time to move onto the buttons within the tabs. First we'll apply some general styles both to the list items, and to the links (i.e. the buttons) inside the items:

/* Items within the tab */

#followTab li {
  margin: 9px 0 0 0;
  line-height: 0;

#followTab li:first-child {
  margin-top: 0;

/* General style for buttons within the tab */

#followTab a {
  display: block;
  width: 24px;
  background-image: url("images/follow-tab-buttons.png");

#followTab a span {
  position: absolute;
  top: -999em;

As you can see, we've applied various margin and line-height values to each li element within the list, in order to space the elements out nicely across all browsers.

For the links/buttons, we've used display: block so that we can control the width and height of the links, and specified a uniform width of 24 pixels (the width of the buttons). We've also added our sprite image from Step 1 as the background image for each of the buttons.

Finally, we hide the span elements within the links so that the link text doesn't display and mess up the buttons. We do this by setting position: absolute on the spans, then moving them way above the top of the browser window using top: -999em.

Why not just hide the span elements using display: none? The main reason is that we want screen readers to read out the link text. Most screen readers won't announce text that is hidden with display: none.

Step 6. Style each button within the tab

Screenshot of tab buttons

As well as applying the above generic styles for the buttons, we also need to style each button individually, since each button is different! Here's the CSS:

/* "Newsletter" button */

#followTab a.newsletter {
  height: 16px;
  background-position: 0 0;

#followTab a.newsletter:hover {
  background-position: 0 -16px;

/* "RSS" button */

#followTab a.rss {
  height: 24px;
  background-position: 0 -32px;

#followTab a.rss:hover {
  background-position: 0 -56px;

/* "Twitter" button */

#followTab a.twitter {
  height: 15px;
  background-position: 0 -80px;

#followTab a.twitter:hover {
  background-position: 0 -95px;

/* "Facebook" button */

#followTab a.facebook {
  height: 24px;
  background-position: 0 -110px;

#followTab a.facebook:hover {
  background-position: 0 -134px;

For each button, we've specified the button's height, and also adjusted the position of the background sprite image so that the appropriate button image appears for that button. For example, with the "RSS" button we've moved the background up 32 pixels, since that's where the top of the RSS button image sits within the sprite.

In addition, we've given each button a rollover state with the :hover pseudo-class. Again, this involves sliding the background image up a number of pixels so that the appropriate rollover button image is displayed.

As you can see, it's a bit of an effort working out the offsets for each button, but it doesn't take too long. You can also use Photoshop to help you by adding guides to the PSD, as I've done in the example. You can then use the values in the Info palette to read the offsets.

Step 7. Add a band-aid for IE6

Poor old IE6. It's getting so long in the tooth now, and yet many people still have (want?) to use it! Its CSS support leaves a lot to be desired, and it doesn't even support position: fixed, bless it.

Now, there are a few hacks around to emulate position: fixed in IE6. Personally I don't care enough about IE6 to bother, so I was happy to have it just putting the tab in the right place in the page, but scrolling with the content. To do this, we just need to add a conditional comment for IE6, where we change #followTab from position: fixed to position: absolute:

<!--[if lt IE 7]>

<style type="text/css">

/* Band-aid for IE6 */

#followTab {
  position: absolute;



It's also worth pointing out that some features, such as the curved corners and drop shadow, won't work in IE7/8 (since they don't support them). I don't currently have IE9 to test with, but they should work in IE9 (can anyone confirm?).

The finished product

Create a CSS3 Floating Follow Tab with Rollover Effects

And we're done! Again, here's the finished demo of our floating, curvy, translucent tab with lovely gradient background and drop shadow. Try narrowing your browser window to see how the tab sits over the page content. And, of course, you're probably looking at the live version on right now too! :)

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Let me know what you think in the comments below. Thanks!

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Responses to this article

11 responses (oldest first):

01-Dec-10 23:47
Niiiice... I need to start learning this stuff!
Thank you for this post!

Cheers from Portugal!

Márcio Guerra
02-Dec-10 21:11
Thanks Márcio. I hope you found the article helpful!
03-Dec-10 21:49
Of course I did. The question is «when do I get some discipline to start learning this properly»?

I don't know what I do to my time, and the time I should be spending learning, whatever, I'm not doing it. However, thanks to the power of the web, I can always get back to this kind of tutorials (yours are really good, specially in the «web department») and do it whenever I want to...

So, thank you, and believe me, it is very helpful!

Cheers from Portugal and Merry Xmas to you all!

Márcio Guerra
15-Feb-11 20:33
Greetings Matt,

How do I change the color of the tab itself? The two color values most apparent to me were in these lines of code...

/* Add the semitransparent gradient background */
background: rgba(239, 91, 10, .75);
background: -moz-linear-gradient(top, rgba(243, 52, 8, .75), rgba(239, 91, 10, .75));
background: -webkit-gradient( linear, left top, left bottom, from( rgba(243, 52, 8, .75) ), to( rgba(239, 91, 10, .75) ) );
background: linear-gradient(top, rgba(243, 52, 8, .75), rgba(239, 91, 10, .75));
filter: progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.Gradient( startColorStr='#c0f33408', endColorStr='#c0ef5b0a', GradientType=0 );

...and I changed both values, but to no avail.

17-Feb-11 04:17
@psolomon: That's the right chunk of code, but you need to change all the colour values. The first line is the fallback background colour if the browser doesn't support gradients, while the remaining lines all specify gradients with start and end colour stops.
22-Feb-11 14:26
I think it would be best to not use display:none for the spans. Instead: positions: absolute; left: -2000px;
Reason: Display none is not supported by most accessible screen readers. And though not an issue now, possibly search engines might start banning display:none from results.
22-Feb-11 20:53
@webgodjj: Good call - that's a bad habit of mine! I've now changed it in the article, demo, code download, and - phew
19-May-11 17:02
Thank you. I had been looking all over for a tutorial on how to do these floating tabs!
19-May-11 23:56
@Sueli: You're welcome - glad you found what you were looking for
09-Mar-12 23:00
Very nice and easy copy&paste script, I've created a variation of the script with a dark background, left aligned and with free-for-commercial purposes icons, here's the code:


<div id="followTab">
<a class="facebook" href=""></a>
<a class="twitter" href=""></a>
<a class="google" href=""></a>
<a class="linkedin" href=""></a>
<a class="digg" href=""></a>
<a class="delicious" href=""></a>
<a class="stumbleupon" href=""></a>
<a class="rss" href=""></a>

CSS Style:

div#followTab { list-style: none; position: fixed; z-index: 1;
left: 0; top: 450px; background-image:url('./images/grey-transparent.png'); width: 26px; padding: 8px 5px; border: 1px solid #ababab; border-left: none;
-moz-box-shadow: 0px 0px 8px #000000;
-webkit-box-shadow: 0px 0px 8px #000000;
box-shadow: 0px 0px 8px #000000;
#followTab a {width:24px; height:26px;}
#followTab a.facebook {display:block;background: url("images/sticky_facebook.png") 0 0 no-repeat;}
#followTab a.twitter {display:block; background: url("images/sticky_twitter.png") 0 0 no-repeat;}
#followTab { display:block; background: url("images/sticky_google.png") 0 0 no-repeat; }
#followTab a.linkedin { display:block; background: url("images/sticky_linkedin.png") 0 0 no-repeat;}
#followTab a.delicious {display:block; background: url("images/sticky_delicious.png") 0 0 no-repeat; }
#followTab a.digg { display:block; background: url("images/sticky_digg.png") 0 0 no-repeat; }
#followTab a.rss { display:block; background: url("images/sticky_rss.png") 0 0 no-repeat; }
#followTab a.stumbleupon { display:block; background: url("images/sticky_stumbleupon.png") 0 0 no-repeat; }

#followTab a.facebook:hover,#followTab, #followTab a.twitter:hover, #followTab a.linkedin:hover, #followTab a.digg:hover, #followTab a.stumbleupon:hover, #followTab a.rss:hover, #followTab a.delicious:hover {
background-position: -25px; }

The 3D box icons can be downloaded from here and uploaded to /images/ folder:

You can see this version of the script in action @
20-Mar-12 01:25
@incrowdsource: Thanks for posting your variation!

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