Apr 19 2009

Outstanding Website Background Guide: 60+ Impressive Resources


Web designers compete to impress visitors with distinctive and appealing visual elements. Background images are one of those visual elements that when designed properly, can create an amazing atmosphere and convey the style the designer has chosen.

In this post you will see how web designers carefully created background images to achieve their goals in engaging and facilitating the design elements and content.

We have hand-picked different background image trends and tutorials you can use to create an amazing background images for your upcoming website design. You will also find an amazing set of patterns and texture packs that will magically add a big impact to a web design without a lot of effort.

As always when you’re dealing with freebies, be sure to read the owner’s instructions and license info.

Great Tutorials for getting the perfect Background

- Ultimate Guide for Creating High Quality Textures

A step by step guide for creating amazing textures.

- Create an Awesome Background Using Patterns

- Make a Torn Vector Desktop Wallpaper with Angled Text

- Add Visual Texture in 3 Easy Steps

- How to Turn a Texture into a Seemlessly Tiled Background

- Craft a Vector Collegiate Notebook Design

- How To: Make the Viget Inspire Background

- Photoshop Paper Texture from Scratch then Create a Grungy Web Design with it!

- Realistic Stone Texture

- Make an Aurora Borealis Design in Illustrator

- How to Seamlessly Tile a Graphic

- Create a Realistic Stone Texture in Photoshop

- Photoshop Retro Grid Background

- Design your own pattern swatches

- Repeating Seamless Background Image Tutorial

- Awesome digital bokeh effect in Photoshop

- Create a Realistic Torn Paper Effect in Photoshop

- Create a Themed Repeating Pattern in Illustrator

- Creating Old Paper With Custom Brushes

- Mix Cool Retro Curves Into Your Photographs

- Create a magical rainbow color flame in Photoshop

- Creating geometric patterns in Illustrator

- How To Make An Awesome Grungy Paper Texture From Scratch

- Illustrating the Flower Pattern

Handpicked Textures & Patterns

- 29 Great Free Textures

From organic to metal rust, this list has lots of great textures.

- 200+ Beautiful Seamless Patterns Perfect for Web Design

Whether you use patterns to fill the entire background of your site or just a specific area of your design, you will definitely find this collection useful.

- Texture Pack Sampler

- 5 Genuine Carbon Fiber Textures for Photoshop

- Ornate Flourish & Pattern

- Seamless Swirls

29 Most Useful Texture Packs of 2008

- Funky Circles Set 2

- Organic Set 1

- 53 Impressive Polka Dot Pattern Swatches

- 50 Astonishing Argyle Pattern Swatches for Illustrator

- 25 Woven Plaid Swatches

- 101 Free Stone and Rock Textures

What about Free Textures?

- Milleseicentopercento

- PatternHead

- SeamlessTextures.net

- High Resolution Textures

- GrungeTextures

- LostandTaken

- CGTextures

- TextureKing

Where to Find Free Patterns?

- Milleseicentopercento

- PatternHead

- ava7 Patterns

- Kaliber Patterns

- Tartanmaker

- Brusheezy Patterns

- Squidfingers Patterns

- dinpattern

- bgpatterns

- patterncooler

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Comments and Discussions
  • myfr3ak, 19 April 2009

    Nice List! Thanks!

  • cssah, 19 April 2009

    thanks so much great collection

  • M@U, 19 April 2009

    Cool, this is really appriciated! :O hope to see more in this style`s of posts!

  • helpful tutorials and useful resources thanks for share..

  • Sklep Zoologiczny, 19 April 2009

    Another tremendous collection!

  • Gennice, 19 April 2009

    Wow! Great list! Just what I was searching for. This will greatly help me with my blog redesign!

  • Andrew Houle, 19 April 2009

    Great list, thanks for including one of MyInkBlog’s tuts!

  • Andex, 19 April 2009

    good,that is a good idea !

  • burnz, 19 April 2009

    Nice collection of pattern…

  • RW Media, 19 April 2009

    This is a great list! Thanks for sharing this resource!

  • stelt, 19 April 2009

    Don’t forget SVG backgrounds used in normal web pages

  • Michael Joseph, 19 April 2009

    It’s a great list with some good resources that we will certainly keep for future use.


    • Nittaya Burns, 14 June 2009


      Thanks for finding this great resource of patterns, etc theywill certainly come in handy for us at dininginthailand.com

  • Michael Moodie, 19 April 2009

    Great resource list – will definitely bookmark this one for future use!

  • Ganesh, 19 April 2009

    Excellent information !!

  • Jeromy, 19 April 2009


    Love the graphics. How do you do it? Always finding the best lists.


    Jeromy (AKA Hillbilly)

  • Swapan Kumar, 19 April 2009

    Good Collection…

  • Flash Web Design, 19 April 2009

    I was looking something for ” Grungy Paper Texture” since sometime..Thanks for this. And yes this is a real learning list that you have collected. Would look forward to your lists further…

  • Janko, 19 April 2009

    Nice list, good to have all of these in one place

  • Anish, 20 April 2009

    Great collection !

  • MorayWeb, 20 April 2009

    Incredible list thank! This one is getting bookmarked straight away!


  • Patternhead, 20 April 2009

    Great list.

    Thanks for mentioning my free vector patterns

  • Jamie Allsop, 20 April 2009

    What a great collection. This is a useful resource and one that I am going to bookmark and use in the future.

  • w3planting, 20 April 2009

    this post came just at the right time, i am about to change the design of my blog & this really help me design my background. thanks.

  • 2lip, 20 April 2009

    awesome collection of tutorials and resources! and many thanks for mentioning highresolutiontextures.com – much appreciated!

  • Cadoo Chitich, 20 April 2009

    Great list. Thx!

  • Kick ass! thanks

  • WORDPRESSGALA, 20 April 2009

    Thanks so much! Very cool collection.

  • Thomas, 20 April 2009

    Thanks Noura, great selection

  • Michael Shirley, 20 April 2009

    Thanks for this list, retweeting it now!

  • pon, 20 April 2009

    thanks for this!it really helped me a lot^^

  • Matt Clarke, 21 April 2009

    Top backgrounds, thanks. You guys are as good as the fellows over at smashing mag. Keeping you bookmarked! Cheers, Matt.

  • jojo, 21 April 2009

    thanks for this!great!

  • Pradeep CD, 22 April 2009

    Superb list…thanks…

  • A Toth, 22 April 2009

    Why are the sample pictures not loaded? This happens quite frequently ….

  • Paulo, 22 April 2009

    I am tired of seeing the same resources/sites, inspirations lists, etc.

    Its time to evolve…

  • pelfusion, 22 April 2009

    thanks for such an amazing resources

  • Anthony, 23 April 2009

    This is a great list guys, thanks!

  • photo retouching, 23 April 2009

    some really useful tutorials and images here!

  • Glamour Shots, 23 April 2009

    nice background advices except for the torn vector I find it a little dizzy to the eye

  • SuperCars, 23 April 2009

    I like the cool retro curves I think it looks great

  • CG, 24 April 2009

    Thank you for the effort to put together such big list. Nice work!

  • CSS Gallery, 24 April 2009

    thank you this is a well thought out and amazing collection of resources.

  • What a list! Totally blown me away. Must have taken ages to compile. Thanks for sharing.

  • Donar, 25 April 2009

    It was a wonderful list.I’m in love with most of the design!

  • Honour Chick, 25 April 2009

    great background resources… thanks!

  • raj, 08 May 2009

    great list i like 2nd one and stone effect.

  • Miami Marketing, 25 May 2009

    The red one was great.

  • Yarra, 05 November 2009

    Great collections, thank you!

  • Impact Branding & Design, 14 December 2009

    Great Backgrounds

  • Stanly, 23 December 2009

    Your information is useful! Thanks for the blog! It’s nice that share information!

  • Ocala Web Design, 31 December 2009

    we always design a site with this in mind

  • daniel, 28 February 2010

    Absolutely fantastic!

    Just stumbled on this website by accident; am currently in the process of creating a new website, and these resources will surely give me the boost I need to make my website stand out.

  • Walker Titman, 05 March 2010

    Praises for the article, I will add this website to my bookmark, my roomie just stated to me about this last week. Thanks again

  • Johnny Hughes, 26 March 2010

    Great… another site I can bookmark and never come back to.

  • Christine Poor, 19 September 2010

    A retoucher is skilled in the art of photo editing, of photo repair and photo restoration.

  • Muqeet, 24 November 2010

    Nice list about helpful ressources! Thanks for that! Awesome …. great

  • Florin, 30 December 2010

    Awesome, I’ve been looking for something like this for a while… Thanks.

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    This really answered my problem, thank you!

  • Orlando, 19 August 2011

    Good job with posting these, very nice!

  • Max, 16 December 2011

    Fantastic listing. Thanks alot for this.

  • Saran, 07 July 2012

    I like to appreciate the design of this website.Good work.The forest background,i like it.

  • SACKEY, 22 July 2012

    tanx for the collections

  • Joe, 26 November 2012

    I like to appreciate the design of this website.Good work.The forest background,i like it. Thank you all blog member.

  • radharaman yadav, 17 August 2012

    “honestly one page is created is based on the r mi instruction are here”

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