In Google’s Material Design Lite, you have the ability to add box shadows to components but in Twitter’s Bootstrap you aren’t able to. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how-to add the same component shadow effect found in Material Design Lite to Bootstrap.Table Example:

See the Pen Bootstrap Table Material Design Lite Shadow Effect by Brandon Himpfen (@brandonhimpfen) on CodePen.

Button Example:

See the Pen Bootstrap Buttons Material Design Lite Shadow Effect by Brandon Himpfen (@brandonhimpfen) on CodePen.

CSS

Add the following to your theme’s CSS file:

.box-shadow--2dp {
    box-shadow: 0 2px 2px 0 rgba(0, 0, 0, .14), 0 3px 1px -2px rgba(0, 0, 0, .2), 0 1px 5px 0 rgba(0, 0, 0, .12)
}
.box-shadow--3dp {
    box-shadow: 0 3px 4px 0 rgba(0, 0, 0, .14), 0 3px 3px -2px rgba(0, 0, 0, .2), 0 1px 8px 0 rgba(0, 0, 0, .12)
}
.box-shadow--4dp {
    box-shadow: 0 4px 5px 0 rgba(0, 0, 0, .14), 0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0, 0, 0, .12), 0 2px 4px -1px rgba(0, 0, 0, .2)
}
.box-shadow--6dp {
    box-shadow: 0 6px 10px 0 rgba(0, 0, 0, .14), 0 1px 18px 0 rgba(0, 0, 0, .12), 0 3px 5px -1px rgba(0, 0, 0, .2)
}
.box-shadow--8dp {
    box-shadow: 0 8px 10px 1px rgba(0, 0, 0, .14), 0 3px 14px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, .12), 0 5px 5px -3px rgba(0, 0, 0, .2)
}
.box-shadow--16dp {
    box-shadow: 0 16px 24px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, .14), 0 6px 30px 5px rgba(0, 0, 0, .12), 0 8px 10px -5px rgba(0, 0, 0, .2)
}

HTML

To add the shadow effect to the Bootstrap component, use one of the above CSS classes.

<div class="panel panel-default box-shadow--2dp"> ... </div>