Outstanding Website Background Guide: 60+ Impressive Resources

April 19th, 2009

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?



High Resolution Textures





Where to Find Free Patterns?



ava7 Patterns

Kaliber Patterns


Brusheezy Patterns

Squidfingers Patterns




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65 comments for „Outstanding Website Background Guide: 60+ Impressive Resources
  1. myfr3ak on April 19th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Nice List! Thanks!

  2. cssah on April 19th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    thanks so much great collection

  3. M@U on April 19th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

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

  4. joyoge designers' bookmark on April 19th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    helpful tutorials and useful resources thanks for share..

  5. Sklep Zoologiczny on April 19th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Another tremendous collection!

  6. Gennice on April 19th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

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

  7. Andrew Houle on April 19th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

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

  8. Andex on April 19th, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    good,that is a good idea !

  9. burnz on April 19th, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Nice collection of pattern…

  10. RW Media on April 19th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

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

  11. stelt on April 19th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Don’t forget SVG backgrounds used in normal web pages

  12. Michael Joseph on April 19th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

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


    • Nittaya Burns on June 14th, 2009 at 4:11 pm


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

  13. Michael Moodie on April 19th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

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

  14. Ganesh on April 19th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Excellent information !!

  15. Jeromy on April 19th, 2009 at 9:33 pm


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


    Jeromy (AKA Hillbilly)

  16. Swapan Kumar on April 19th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Good Collection…

  17. Flash Web Design on April 19th, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    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…

  18. Janko on April 19th, 2009 at 11:38 pm

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

  19. Anish on April 20th, 2009 at 12:19 am

    Great collection !

  20. MorayWeb on April 20th, 2009 at 12:22 am

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


  21. Patternhead on April 20th, 2009 at 12:52 am

    Great list.

    Thanks for mentioning my free vector patterns

  22. Jamie Allsop on April 20th, 2009 at 12:53 am

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

  23. w3planting on April 20th, 2009 at 1:07 am

    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.

  24. 2lip on April 20th, 2009 at 1:18 am

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

  25. Cadoo Chitich on April 20th, 2009 at 3:39 am

    Great list. Thx!

  26. Eric D. Greene (artist) on April 20th, 2009 at 6:23 am

    Kick ass! thanks

  27. WORDPRESSGALA on April 20th, 2009 at 7:01 am

    Thanks so much! Very cool collection.

  28. Thomas on April 20th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Thanks Noura, great selection

  29. Michael Shirley on April 20th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Thanks for this list, retweeting it now!

  30. pon on April 20th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

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

  31. Matt Clarke on April 21st, 2009 at 8:15 am

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

  32. jojo on April 21st, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    thanks for this!great!

  33. Pradeep CD on April 22nd, 2009 at 12:48 am

    Superb list…thanks…

  34. A Toth on April 22nd, 2009 at 6:23 am

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

  35. Paulo on April 22nd, 2009 at 11:26 am

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

    Its time to evolve…

  36. pelfusion on April 22nd, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    thanks for such an amazing resources

  37. Anthony on April 23rd, 2009 at 8:10 am

    This is a great list guys, thanks!

  38. photo retouching on April 23rd, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    some really useful tutorials and images here!

  39. Glamour Shots on April 23rd, 2009 at 11:34 pm

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

  40. SuperCars on April 23rd, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    I like the cool retro curves I think it looks great

  41. CG on April 24th, 2009 at 4:00 am

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

  42. CSS Gallery on April 24th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

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

  43. Web Site Design Ann Arbor on April 24th, 2009 at 11:24 pm

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

  44. Donar on April 25th, 2009 at 4:34 am

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

  45. Honour Chick on April 25th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    great background resources… thanks!

  46. raj on May 8th, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    great list i like 2nd one and stone effect.

  47. Miami Marketing on May 25th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    The red one was great.

  48. Yarra on November 5th, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Great collections, thank you!

  49. Impact Branding & Design on December 14th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Great Backgrounds

  50. Stanly on December 23rd, 2009 at 4:05 am

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

  51. Ocala Web Design on December 31st, 2009 at 10:20 am

    we always design a site with this in mind

  52. daniel on February 28th, 2010 at 3:22 am

    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.

  53. Walker Titman on March 5th, 2010 at 4:44 pm

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

  54. Johnny Hughes on March 26th, 2010 at 11:09 pm

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

  55. Christine Poor on September 19th, 2010 at 8:57 am

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

  56. Muqeet on November 24th, 2010 at 6:31 am

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

  57. Florin on December 30th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

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

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  59. Orlando on August 19th, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Good job with posting these, very nice!

  60. Max on December 16th, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Fantastic listing. Thanks alot for this.

  61. Saran on July 7th, 2012 at 2:22 pm

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

  62. SACKEY on July 22nd, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    tanx for the collections

  63. Joe on November 26th, 2012 at 4:30 pm

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

  64. radharaman yadav on August 17th, 2012 at 9:56 am

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