How to Use Transform Options to Design Unique Section Divider Backgrounds in Divi

Posted on April 5, 2019 by in Divi Resources | 7 comments

How to Use Transform Options to Design Unique Section Divider Backgrounds in Divi

Divi’s built-in section divider styles have always been a popular (and simple) way to add creative background designs to your pages. Not only does it provide a quick and beautiful way to break up page content, it can also add an abstract background texture to set your website apart. And with the release of Divi’s transform options, there are even more cool things you can do with those section dividers.

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to use transform options to design unique section divider backgrounds in Divi.

Let’s get started.

Sneak Peek

Here is a sneak peek of the designs that you will be able to build in this tutorial.

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divi section divider backgrounds

divi section divider backgrounds

divi section divider backgrounds

divi section divider backgrounds

divi section divider backgrounds

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To import the layout to your page, simply extract the zip file and drag the json file into the Divi Builder.

Now let’s get to the tutorial shall we?

Getting Started

To get started with this tutorial, all you need is the Divi Theme and an image to use for the example content. We will be building the design from scratch. All you need to do is create a new page and deploy the Divi builder on the front end. Then you are ready to go.

Creating Abstract Shape Backgrounds with Section Dividers

divi section divider backgrounds

This first example is a really cool way to create some abstract shape backgrounds for your content. Basically, this involves customizing an empty section with a divider and positioning that section divider anywhere on the page behind other content.

Here’s how to do it.

Creating the Content Section

Before we start adding our section dividers to our page, let’s first add some example content. Create a new regular section with a two-column row.

divi section divider backgrounds

Add the Text Module

Then add a text module to column 1 with the following mock content:

<h2>About Divi Meetups</h2>
<p>Your content goes here. Edit or remove this text inline or in the module Content settings. You can also style every aspect of this content in the module Design settings and even apply custom CSS to this text in the module Advanced settings</p>

Then update the design as follows:

Text Text Size: 16px
Text Line Height: 1.9em
Heading 2 Font: Roboto
Heading 2 Font Weight: Light
Heading 2 Text Size: 50px (desktop), 40px (tablet), 32px (phone)
Heading 2 Line Height: 1.4em

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Add the Image Module

Next add an image module to column 2 and upload the image you want to display. In this example I’m using an image from one of our layout packs that is 800px by 1156px.

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Then adjust the width and alignment of the image as follows:

Width: 80% (desktop), 70% (tablet)
Module Alignment: Left

divi section divider backgrounds

Add Padding to Column 1

With our text and image in place, we need to add some top padding to column 1 to bring down our text module. Open the row settings and update the following:

Column 1 Custom Padding (desktop): 250px top
Column 1 Custom Padding (tablet): 50px top

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Adding Top Section with Section Divider

At this point, we are ready to add our first section divider design. To do this we need to create a new section. So go ahead and create a new regular section (don’t add a column to the section because we won’t need one) and drag it above the section containing our text and image.

divi section divider backgrounds

Then give the section and transparent background and a top divider by updating the following:

Background Color: rgba(0,0,0,0)
Top Divider Style: see screenshot
Divider Color: rgba(120,168,193,0.45)
Divider Height: 500px (desktop), 400px (tablet), 300px (phone)

divi section divider backgrounds

Next, go to the advanced tab and set the Z Index value to 1 so that it will stay above the section below it.

divi section divider backgrounds

Then update the size and spacing of the section as follows:

Width: 500px (desktop), 400px (tablet), 320px (phone)
Section Alignment: Center
Custom Margin: -100px
Custom Padding: 100px top, 100px bottom

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Note that the width equals the height of the divider we added earlier (500px for desktop, 400px for tablet, and 320px for phone). This will give us a perfectly square design for our section divider. It is also important to shrink the width and divider height to adjust for tablet and phone because if you don’t the section will skew and break the design or cause overflow on the browser viewport.

The custom padding is just to give the section some height so that we don’t have to adjust the transform translate values as much later on.

Now that we have our section design in place, we can use the transform options to position and rotate the section divider wherever we want it on the page.

Update the following:

Transform Translate X-axis (desktop): -100%
Transform Translate Y-axis (desktop): 200%

Transform Translate X-axis (tablet): -50%
Transform Translate Y-axis (desktop): 100%

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Transform Rotate Z-axis: -45deg

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Copy and Paste Section

We are going to add one more section divider design to the page. But to get a head start on the design, deploy the wireframe view mode and copy the top section (with the section divider style) and paste it below the section containing the text and image.

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Update Section Settings

Then update the custom margin as follows:

Custom Margin: -100px bottom

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Next we can shrink the size of the section using the transform scale option as follows:

Transform Scale (X and Y axis): 50%

divi section divider backgrounds

Using transform translate, we can move the section upward and to the right as follows:

Transform Translate X-axis (desktop): -20%
Transform Translate Y-axis (desktop): -100%

Transform Translate X-axis (tablet): 80%

Transform Translate X-axis (tablet): 30%

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Now rotate the section as follows:

Transform Rotate Z-axis (desktop): 225deg

Transform Rotate Z-axis (tablet): -225deg

divi section divider backgrounds

Final Result

Let’s check out the final result. Notice how the sections are repositioned on tablet and phone for a beautiful design.

divi section divider backgrounds

divi section divider backgrounds

divi section divider backgrounds

And here are a few examples of different Divider Styles using the same layout. Feel free to experiment with different styles and rotations of your own.

divi section divider backgrounds

divi section divider backgrounds

Creating Horizontal Section Dividers

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Divi’s transform options also allow us to rotate section dividers to create horizontal section divider designs. This can provide a unique background for you page content.

Here’s how to do it.

Duplicate the Section with Mock Content

For this example, we can use the same section of content we created for the first example above. Go ahead and copy and paste the section at the bottom of the page.

divi section divider backgrounds

Update Content Section

Next, open the section settings for the duplicated section and update the following:

Custom Padding (desktop): 80px top, 80px bottom
Custom Padding (tablet): 0px top

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Creating the Horizontal Section Divider

To create the horizontal section divider, first create a new regular section directly above the content section.

divi section divider backgrounds

Then update the following:

Background Color: rgba(0,0,0,0)
Top Divider Style: see screenshot
Top Divider Color: rgba(120,168,193,0.45)
Top Divider Height: 80vw
Top Divider Flip: vertical

divi section divider backgrounds

To make sure we can see the section divider on top of the section below it, we need to update the Z Index to 1.

divi section divider backgrounds

Next we need to give our section a custom width and spacing as follows:

Width: 800px
Section Alignment: left
Custom Margin: -100px top
Custom Padding: 100px top, 100px bottom

divi section divider backgrounds

The width of the section (800px) will become the height of the section once it rotates to serve as a horizontal section divider. So you may need to adjust this height depending on the amount of content you have in the section below it.

Now we are ready to position and rotate the section using transform options as follows:

Transform Translate X-axis: -50%
Transform Translate Y-axis: 250%

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Transform Rotate Z-axis: -90deg

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Final Result

Here is the final result of the design.

divi section divider backgrounds

divi section divider backgrounds

And here are a few more examples of different divider styles using the same layout.

divi section divider backgrounds

divi section divider backgrounds

Wrapping Up

There is always room for more ideas on how to add unique design to your website. With Divi’s transform options and easy to design section dividers, you can do some pretty creative things. Hopefully, the examples in this tutorial will inspire you to create some section divider backgrounds to bring a fresh new spin on your next project.

I look forward to hearing from you in the comments.

Cheers!

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7 Comments

  1. That’s a pretty neat use of the section dividers, I never would have thought of trying that.

  2. Absolutely stunning! Thanks for the well done tutorial, made my day!

  3. Thanks for the inspiration and detailed tutorial (as always!). You’re awesome!

  4. Well, I will try to use it. It is neat and elegant indeed

  5. I used this to build my site, this transform controller is fantastic!

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