Most of us are used to reading text from right to left and from top to bottom. But when it comes to web design, it might be a good idea to break free from the norm. One way to do this is with text rotation. Rotating text on your website may seem impractical, but it does seem to have a place. In fact, vertical text orientation seems to be common in modern web design. And, although most rotate text purely for design purposes, the argument can be made that rotated (or vertical) text (although harder to read) can be an effective attention-getting technique.

With Divi you can rotate any element on your page using the built-in transform options. So in this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to successfully rotate text to create unique layout designs in Divi. To do this, I’ll be designing a three-part layout that incorporates examples of rotated text.

Let’s get started.

Sneak Peek

Here is a sneak peek of the entire layout we will be building in the tutorial. Notice there are examples of text rotated in three different sections of the layout.

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Things to Keep in Mind When You Rotate Text

Which Direction Should You Rotate Text?

If you are want to rotate text for a vertical display, you might not be sure which direction to rotate the text. You could rotate the text counterclockwise so that the text reads from bottom to top. Or, you could rotate the text clockwise so the text reads from top to bottom. If you are wondering which one is easier to read, I’m not sure there is an answer. You could try and get a clue from the orientation of book titles on a bookshelf. But different countries do this differently (the standard in the US is clockwise, top to bottom).

In this tutorial, I’m going to rotate text counterclockwise in most cases, mainly because I like the way it looks on the left side of the page (maybe I prefer tilting my head to left). But feel free to try out different directions.

The Blur Problem

On some browsers (like Chrome and Safari), the text is gets a little blurry when using the transform rotate property. To fix the issue, you can add a transform origin value of 51% or 52% along the X-axis. This should fix the issue.

Part 1: Building the Header with Vertical Text

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For this first part of the layout, we are going to create a header with vertical text. To do this we will be rotating a blurb module using the transform options.

To start, create a regular section with a two column row.

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Before you add a module, take out the top and bottom padding of the section by updating the following section settings:

Custom Padding: 0px top, 0px bottom

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Next, update the Row settings as follows:

  • Background Image: [add image with at least 1920px width]
  • Column 1 Background Color: #121212

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  • Custom Width: 100%
  • Gutter Width: 1
  • Equalize Column Heights: YES
  • Custom Padding (desktop): 0px top, 0px bottom
  • Custom Padding (tablet): 40% right
  • Custom Padding (phone): 30% right
  • Column 1 Custom Padding (desktop): 200px top, 200px bottom
  • Column 1 Custom Padding (tablet): 150px top, 150px bottom

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  • Box Shadow: see screenshot
  • Box Shadow Horizontal Position: 0px
  • Box Shadow Vertical Position: -100px
  • Shadow Color: #f6454e

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Creating the Blurb Module

Now we are ready to add our header content. To do this, add a blurb module to the left column of the row.

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Update the following content:

  • Title: Divi Design
  • Content: Your content goes here.
  • Use Icon: YES
  • Icon: lightbulb

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  • Icon Color: #f6454e
  • Icon Font Size: 32px
  • Text Orientation: center
  • Title Heading Level: H1 (because it is the main heading of the page)
  • Title Font: Muli
  • Title Font Style: TT
  • Title Text Color: #ffffff
  • Title Text Size: 70px (desktop), 50px (tablet), 36px (phone)
  • Body Text Color: #cccccc
  • Body Letter Spacing: 4px
  • Width: 500px
  • Module Alignment: center

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Important Note: Since we will be rotating the blurb module so that it stands vertically, the custom width of 500px will become the height of the vertical blurb module. So it is important the the content fits inside this module with. For this example, I’m using a small amount of text and resizing the title font on different devices so that the text doesn’t break into a new line and mess up the design.

Rotating the Blurb Module using Transform Options

To rotate the blurb module (and all of its content), update the following transform options:

  • Transform Rotate X-axis: -90deg

You will have to enter the -90deg value manually. This will give you a bottom to top vertical alignment of the content.

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You may notice the the text is a little blurry if you are using Chrome or Safari. This can sometimes happen when using the transform: rotate property. To fix this, you can slightly adjust the Transform Origin as follows:

  • Transform Origin Y-axis: 51%

You may have to adjust this value a bit until the text is clear. For example, 52% may look clear on some designs.

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Creating a Vertical Button

Next, we are going to add a button at the bottom of our header to remind the user to scroll down the page. Then we can rotate the button using transform options just like we did to the blurb module.

Create a new row with a one column structure.

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Before we add our button module, update the row settings as follows:

  • Background Color: #f6454e
  • Custom Width: 100%
  • Gutter Width: 1

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Next, add a button module to the row and update the following button options:

  • Button Alignment: center
  • Use Custom Styles for Button: YES
  • Button Text Size: 16px
  • Button Text Color: #ffffff
  • Button Border Width: 0px
  • Button Letter Spacing: 9px
  • Font Weight: light
  • Font Style: TT
  • Button Icon: right arrow

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Rotating and Positioning the Button

To rotate and position the button, we will use a combination of margins and transform rotate as follows:

  • Custom Margin (desktop): -50px top, 50px bottom, -50px left
  • Custom Margin (tablet): 0px left
  • Transform Rotate X-axis: 90deg

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This time the button is rotated 90deg (clockwise) in order to get a top to bottom vertical display for the text. This seems to be fitting since we want the user to scroll down.

Part 2: Rotating Text Modules to Create Diagonal Labels

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In this next section of the layout, we are going to create three blurbs with rotated text modules used as labels. This is a great way to display featured items on your page.

Here’s how to do it.

Create a new regular section with a three-column row. Then add a blurb module to the first column.

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Choose to use the lightbulb icon instead of the default image.

Then update the blurb module as follows:

  • Icon Color: #f6454e
  • Icon Font Size: 32px
  • Custom Padding: 3vw bottom, 3vw left, 3vw right

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Next, update the row settings as follows:

  • Column 1 Background Color: #eeeeee
  • Column 2 Background Color: #eeeeee
  • Column 3 Background Color: #eeeeee
  • Equalize Column Heights: YES

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This next step is crucial to for when we add our rotated text module label design. We want the overflow of the text module to be hidden outside of the column. To make sure this happens, we need to add the “overflow: hidden” property to each of the columns as custom CSS.

Under the advanced tab, add the following custom CSS:

Column 1 Main Element CSS:

overflow: hidden;

Column 2 Main Element CSS:

overflow: hidden;

Column 3 Main Element CSS:

overflow: hidden;

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Adding and Rotating the Text Module as a Label

Next, add a text module just above the blurb module in column 1.

Update the Text Content with the word “Featured”.

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Then style the text module as follows:

  • Background color: #f6454e
  • Text Font: Muli
  • Text Font Weight: Semi Bold
  • Text Text Color: #ffffff
  • Text Letter Spacing: 3px
  • Text Line Height: 2.5em
  • Text Orientation: center

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Now give the text module a custom width as follows:

  • Width: 180px
  • Module Alignment: left

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Next, position the text module in the top left corner of the column using the following transform options:

  • Transform Translate X-axis: -25%
  • Transform Translate Y-axis: 70%

It is important to use percentage values here to make the design more responsive so you will need to enter them in manually.

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Transform Rotate X-axis: -45deg

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Notice that the overflow of the text module is hidden outside of the column to complete the design.

All we have left to do is copy the modules in column one and paste them into column 2 and column 3.

Here is the final result.

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Part 3: Creating Vertical Headings for Your Content

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This next part of the layout uses similar techniques to rotate and position a text module as a vertical heading for your content. This is a useful layout for showcasing things like services. I’ll also demonstrate a creative way to use lists to create a very unique vertical heading.

Here’s how to do it.

Create a new regular section with a one column row.

Then copy one of the blurb modules in the three column row in the layout above. This will give us a head start on the design.

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Then update the blurb settings as follows:

  • Image/Blurb Placement: Left
  • Custom Margin (desktop): 200px left
  • Custom margin (phone): 0px left
  • Custom Padding: 100px top, 100px bottom

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The left margin creates the space we will need for the vertical text module we will add.

Then add a border to the blurb module as follows:

  • Border Width: 2px
  • Border Color: #eeeeee

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Creating the Text Module

With the blurb content in place, we can now add our text module. Create a new text module and then place it directly above the blurb module.

After that, add the following html in the content box (make sure the text tab is selected):

  1. Design
    • Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet

This is html is using an ordered list (ol), an h5 tag, and an unordered list (ul). This allows us to customize each of the list items and the h5 separately using Divi’s built in design options within the text module.

This technique can be used to create some amazing list designs.

Next, jump over to the design tab and update the following:

  • Unordered List Font: Muli
  • Unordered List Font Weight: Light
  • Unordered List Text Size: 15px
  • Unordered List Style Type: None
  • Unordered List Item indent: 0.01px

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  • Ordered List Font: Abril Fatface
  • Ordered List Text Color:
  • Ordered List Text Size: 40px
  • Ordered List Letter Spacing: 4px
  • Ordered List Line Height: 1.3em
  • Ordered List Style Type: Decimal Leading Zero

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  • Heading 5 font: Muli
  • Heading 5 Font Weight: ultra light
  • Heading 5 Font Style: TT
  • Heading 5 Text Size: 62px

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Sizing, Rotating, and Positioning the Text Module

Now that we have the text design in place, let’s give it a custom width. Remember that the width of the module will become the height of the module once we rotate it to display vertically.

  • Custom Width: 300px
  • Module Alignment: left

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To rotate the text, update the following:

  • Transform Rotate X-axis: -90deg (desktop), 0deg (phone)

We need to reset the rotation back to 0deg for phone display.

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Next update the Transform Translate option:

  • Transform Translate X-axis: -10% (desktop), 0% (phone)
  • Transform Translate Y-axis: 50% (desktop), 0% (phone)

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The transform settings adjust the position of the text module slightly. But, in order to get our spacing right, we need to replace the negative space left by the text module above the blurb module. To do this we need to add some negative bottom margin to the text module as follows:

  • Custom Margin (desktop): -150px bottom
  • Custom Margin (phone): 0px bottom

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Duplicate the Section and Update the Ordered List Start Number

To create more sections of this layout, you can duplicate the section. The ordered list number will still be “1”. To change this, you need to replace the opening ordered list (ol) tag with the following:

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This will allow the list to start with number 2 instead of 1.

That’s it. We are all done!

Final Design of the Layout with Rotated Text Designs


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Tablet and Phone

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Final Thoughts

Knowing how to rotate text (or any content really) in Divi is a great way to draw attention to you content. Plus, if you do it right, it can really make the design standout. I hope this tutorial sparks some inspiration for how you can implement text rotation for even more beautiful designs.

I look forward to hearing from you in the comments.


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