medium bookmark / Raindrop.io | 16th October, 2017 Metaballs, not to be confused with meatballs, are organic looking squishy gooey blobs. From a mathematical perspective they are an iso-surface. They are rendered using equations such as f(x,y,z) = r / ((x - x0)2 + (y - y0)2 + (z - z0)2). Jamie Wong has a fantastic tutorial on rendering metaballs with canvas. We can replicate the metaball effect using CSS & SVG by applying both blur and contrast filters to an element. For example in Chris Gannon’s Bubble Slider below.