<header class="header">
  <div class="header__title">
  <div class="header__reference">
    <ul class="reference-list">
      <li><a class="reference-list__link" href="https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/CSS/filter-function/contrast">MDN reference</a></li>
      <li><a class="reference-list__link" href="https://caniuse.com/#feat=css-filters">caniuse Support</a></li>

  <div class="example">
      In this example, contrast is set to <code>100%</code> using a CSS Custom Property. By moving the range slider, you can increase the amount of contrast applied to the photo.
    <div class="controls">
      <label class="controls__label" for="contrast">Contrast:</label>
      <input class="controls__input" type="range" id="contrast" min="100" max="500" value="100">

    <div class="example__demo example__demo--contrast">
        alt="A burger plated on a cutting board. In the background is a frosty beer." 
        src="https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/s.cdpn.io/11907/camila-melim-RZjC6H7to1M-unsplash.jpg" />
      <small><a href="https://unsplash.com/photos/RZjC6H7to1M">"burger patty on board photo"</a> by <a href="https://unsplash.com/@camilamelim">Camila Melim</a> on <a href="https://unsplash.com/">Unsplash</a>.</small>
// Demo
:root {
  --contrast: 100%;

.burger {
  filter: brightness(var(--contrast));

// Pen Setup
.example__demo--contrast {
  padding: 1rem 1rem 0.75rem 1rem;

  img {
    height: auto;
    width: 100%;

.controls {
  display: flex;
  flex-direction: column;
  margin-top: var(--size-epsilon);

.controls__label {
  font-weight: 700;
  letter-spacing: 0.05em;
  text-transform: uppercase;

.controls__input {
  margin-top: 0.5rem;
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// Credit: 
// Update CSS Variables with JS
// Wes Bos
// https://codepen.io/wesbos/pen/adQjoY

const rangeSlider = [].slice.call(document.querySelectorAll('#contrast'));

// Listen for changes
rangeSlider.forEach(input => input.addEventListener('change', handleUpdate));
rangeSlider.forEach(input => input.addEventListener('mousemove', handleUpdate));

function handleUpdate(e) {
  // Append '%' to the end of the `blur` custom property
  const suffix = (this.id === 'base' ? '' : '%');
  document.documentElement.style.setProperty(`--${this.id}`, this.value + suffix);
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External CSS

  1. https://codepen.io/ericwbailey/pen/vMXWgz.scss

External JavaScript

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