Feb 08 2009

Website Backgrounds: 70+ Impressive Trends, How To’s & Best Practices


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 might enjoy reading these posts:

How to Get the Following 14 Backgrounds?

1. Vigit Inspire Background

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How To » How To: Make the Viget Inspire Background

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How To » Create a Nature Inspired Painted Background in Photoshop

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2. Wefunction Background

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How To » Photoshop Paper Texture from Scratch then Create a Grungy Web Design with it!

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3. SpoutCreative

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How To » Realistic Stone Texture

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4. Sony Bokeh Effect

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How To » Awesome digital bokeh effect in Photoshop

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5. Goodbytes light Effect

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How To » Abduzeedo Job Board banner in Fireworks

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How To » Crazy Cool Vectors in Illustrator and Photoshop

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6. Hereslifeafrica Torn Paper Background

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How To » Create a Realistic Torn Paper Effect in Photoshop

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7. Amuki Old Paper Background

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How To » Creating Old Paper With Custom Brushes

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8. Studio7designs Polar Lights Effect Background

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How To » Polar Lights Effect

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9. AdaptD Retro Rainbow Color Background

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How To » Mix Cool Retro Curves Into Your Photographs

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10. Okb’s Beams of light Background

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How To » Mix Cool Retro Curves Into Your Photographs

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How To » Create Intense Light Streaks

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11. Jared Campbell’s Vintage Background

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How To » Create a Wicked-Worn Vintage Pop Art Design

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12. Bart-Jan Verhoef’s Worn out Background

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How To » Make it Worn

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13. Boompa’s super colorul background

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How To » Painted Photo Manipulation

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14. Starbuckscoffeeathome’s Hand Written background

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How To » Pencil It In

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Creating your own Background

- Create a magical rainbow color flame in Photoshop

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“One of the things I’ve seen around quite a bit lately is a transparent rainbow gradient effect on a dark background. It seems to me that flashy transparent gradients are in these days. They make me think about magic. Today I’ll show you how you can create a magical rainbow color flame.”

- Simple organic shapes the Illustrator way

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- Creating geometric patterns in Illustrator

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- Large Website Backgrounds Do’s and Don’ts

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- How to: CSS Large Background

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- How to Create an Ice-cold Poster with 3D Text

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- How To Make An Awesome Grungy Paper Texture From Scratch

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- How a Simple Layout Can Be Mixed ‘n’ Matched with Patterns, Photos and Backgrounds

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- Trendy Geometric Lines

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Stunning Website Backgrounds

Instead of doing your own testing, below are some useful and time saving tools to help you play with web typography and make your own choices by giving you a real-time preview of many available CSS font properties.

- DeftCreative

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- GreenglobeIdeas

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- Friends of 42

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- Istokpavlovic

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- Matt Dempsey

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- DesignDisease

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- WorkAtPlay

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- Nine Lion Design

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- Mdxinteractive

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- Retinart

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- Nom Milk today

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- Prowseed

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- AgamiCreative

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- Tnvacation

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- Ronnypries

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- Digitalmash

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- BlkMtnStudio

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- StudioRacket

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- OakesDesign

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- OldLoft

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- ArtMetal

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- 45Royale

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- R0man

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- Drvo u mom dvoristu

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- Mindnever

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- OrganicSupermarket

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- HutchHouse

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- Dundeeliving 404 Page

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- Tohavit

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- Edit Studios

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- DawgHouseDesignStudio

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Comments and Discussions
  • matthew duerksen, 08 February 2009

    Great lineup! A lot of different things going on!

    Thank you!

  • Antonio Lupetti, 08 February 2009

    Great list!

  • Simon [webdemar], 08 February 2009

    Thanks for the great list!

  • Hercules, 08 February 2009

    Amazing and useful list, great work.

  • Joffrey, 08 February 2009

    Wow, stunning!

  • Gennice, 08 February 2009

    Excellent list! Thanks so much for sharing such a big and useful list of tuts. Needed this for redesign on my blog.

  • joyoge designers' bookmark, 08 February 2009

    great list thanks..

  • Vladimir, 08 February 2009

    Great list!

  • demogar, 08 February 2009

    Great list, no doubt!

  • Brayza, 08 February 2009

    Awesome article, but why is it that all the really cool backgrounds and colours etc are only used on “portfolio/blog” websites?

    • RubineBoy, 10 February 2009

      Other businesses tend to chicken out on expressive or very special designs. They are afraid of pushing the edge I think.

  • farah, 08 February 2009

    cool!! i really love this! thanks hey~ (^-^)v

  • Brandon Cox, 08 February 2009

    Wow! What a post – impressive, and almost intimidating. Gotta get to work on some backgrounds now!

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  • Kevin, 08 February 2009

    Great post with lots of sites I haven’t seen before -very inspirational.

  • ravindra, 08 February 2009

    superb job thank for list. look here 5000+ Color Gradients Set For Photoshop .

  • insicdesigns, 08 February 2009

    nice list!

  • john, 08 February 2009

    I thank you for the help it is really a very good article
    Especially for beginners like me

  • Andris, 09 February 2009

    good job. thanx for the great list.

  • Andrea, 09 February 2009

    This is great! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Aravind Jose T., 09 February 2009

    I could well understand the amount of work done behind this.

    You gone a step ahead and gave us some designs and then told us how to do that. Really Supreme.

    I like that touch !

  • yugu - dzineblog.com, 09 February 2009

    This is one Awesome list – three cheers

  • poin47, 09 February 2009

    this is probably the best list of great tuts that I found for a long long time. great work!!

  • Frog, 09 February 2009

    Nice list thx

  • Thomas, 09 February 2009

    Great list Noura

  • suresh, 09 February 2009

    Excellent. Very nice collection.
    Thanks for sharing. forwarded to friends.

  • Paul Anthony, 09 February 2009

    As usual – a brilliant roundup Noura. Great stuff.

  • Patternhead, 09 February 2009

    Another great list, thanks for sharing.

  • JohnONolan, 09 February 2009

    Amazing post, bookmarked this one for definite future use!

  • Manu, 09 February 2009

    Great list

    Thank you

  • DK, 09 February 2009

    Wonderful Collection!

  • Richard S Davies, 09 February 2009

    Just amazing, thanks!

  • Chris Spooner, 09 February 2009

    Awesome post, great idea of combining real-world examples with online tutorials!

  • Doug Avery, 09 February 2009

    We at Viget also wrote our own tutorial on making the backgound. You can read it here. Design Reviver did a great job with their tutorial, too, I’d recommend reading both.

    • Noupe, 09 February 2009

      I am not sure how i missed this one, i have came across it before and found it very useful.
      Just added it to the post now.
      Thanks Doug :)

  • Aditya, 09 February 2009

    Thanks a lot :)

  • dp, 09 February 2009

    Wow, great list!

  • Jeromy, 09 February 2009

    One Word Noupe…..


    As always a list not likely to be beat!



  • Jasper, 09 February 2009

    Thanks, great list!
    I’m definitely going to try some of these tutorials!

  • Nikhil Shahane, 09 February 2009

    Epic post.. very very helpful. Thanks!

  • CPG, 09 February 2009

    Photoshop Open ! Go…

  • Drake, 09 February 2009

    Awesome post, I wish someone would write a how to on the background for 365 Days of Astronomy. Anyone know where I could find one?

  • Mike Johnson, 09 February 2009

    Awesome list! I’ve already checked out a few of the tutorials.

  • conrado, 09 February 2009

    Thank you!

  • Whizkid, 09 February 2009

    Awesome !!!
    I m lovin it.

  • Ben Higham, 09 February 2009

    Amazing list. Some very inspiring work in there.

  • myows, 09 February 2009

    beautiful list – thanks for sharing,
    very inspiring indeed !

  • zaiah, 09 February 2009

    AWESOME!!! This is exactly what the doctor ordered. So many sites have wonderful examples of creative, innovative and modern work. But few of them show you have to create your own!!! Thanks and please keep them coming!

  • Abrishca Digital Media, 09 February 2009

    What a massive list! Might take a while to get through, but plenty of inspiration to be gained. Thanks.

  • Gis, 09 February 2009

    WooaOAooOAaa!! Crazy amount of inspiration!!
    Thaaank you :D

  • aravind, 09 February 2009

    Amazing post. :)

  • Jesse Korzan, 09 February 2009

    Thanks from me and the crew at Work at Play for including our site on this great list.

  • Stacy Allen Hummel, 09 February 2009

    Wow, I am honored to even be mentioned alongside some of these amazing designs. Great list and great post. Thanks!

  • not2comply, 09 February 2009


    thanx for the list…..

    Keep up the good works.

  • Timothy, 10 February 2009

    Really good post. Thanks

  • mr. tunes, 11 February 2009

    quality publishing right here! thank you

  • eddie, 12 February 2009

    I am always trying to make a awesome background as a site’s header
    thank you for this post~

  • GoodBytes.be, 13 February 2009

    Great list! And many thanks for including us as well, we really appreciate it.


  • Multidesign, 14 February 2009


  • evan, 16 February 2009

    wow! stunning! hehe its so big it made my fancy computer lag! haha

    good work :)

  • saurabh shah, 19 February 2009

    nice quality post … thnks for sharing

  • Amber Weinberg, 20 February 2009

    Awesome resources!

  • blogsarticle, 20 February 2009


  • Ralph, 21 February 2009

    There are many great Websides. Thank you for your hard work to colect this many websides. Ralph

  • Miles Tinsley, 22 February 2009

    Wow. This is such a rich resource that gives an interesting snapshot of current web desgin trends. Inspiring stuff…

  • sean steezy, 03 March 2009

    thank you. this is such a great site, glad i found it and RSS’d this stuff. thanks!

  • Ganesh, 04 March 2009

    Superb, designs !! Thank you NOUPE !

  • Jamie Allsop, 30 March 2009

    These are some really great examples of creative design here. I do really like Digitalmash, it has a simple layout and the part I like about it the most is the images in the middle, it is just different to what you normally see. I mean they are all great but that one just stuck out from the rest of them. This is a really useful resource for inspiration.

  • Business, 31 October 2009

    I see a lot of sites where the text will be a light gray and the background is white – err! That’s very annoying and hard to read.

  • Devin Walker, 03 December 2009

    Great list, I love transparency in web design.

  • Alan T, 08 December 2009

    Great list – my site is so dull in comparison it’s very depressing

  • yashodhan deshmukh, 26 May 2010

    its gud I like it as all the about guies

  • Harold Johnson, 14 July 2010

    Great point, terrific website. Listen, did you guys read about Blizz looking to use Real ID on the online community? It seems they recognized that that is no way to win at wow, as they reversed their decision. Now we can all go back to playing wow without having to worry about compromised privacy. And they can go back to working on Starcraft. BooYAH!

  • Merrill Wilt, 07 November 2010

    Will be blogengine superior to wp for some reason? Needs to be as it would be starting to be popluar of late.

  • Media Chandler, 13 January 2011

    Thanks good looking stuff..

  • dp, 17 October 2011

    Let me first start by saying I am def no expert! Every time I try and create a background like the above Tnvacation the background moves around when I change my screen resolution. For instance in the Tnvacation (if I create that) and I changed the screen resolution lower the background image would shrink towards the center of the screen. So you wouldn’t be able to see the phone, guy singing or the stuff at the top. It would be behind the DIV page. How does on correct that issue?


    • dp, 17 October 2011

      Well I figured out its just my body div getting larger and cover up more of my background. How do I stop that from happening?

  • Zaib Khan, 12 December 2011

    wow i really like all the collection. Thanks for sharing

  • Dreamcatcher Studio, 26 December 2011

    i love the how to section, great idea

  • Kuda, 11 April 2012

    I must admit, I always vie drought liked the retro theme, actually … papyrus parchment. But all of these variations is extremely effective and beautiful.

  • Izrada sajta, 11 April 2012

    Very impressive themes that are used in a very creative use of sites. The freedom of art is here to reveal the full effect. Thank you!

  • Jonathan Scialpi, 09 July 2012

    Cool Ideas. I’m in dire need of a new background for a site.

  • Aleksandar, 26 September 2012

    Istok Pavlovic has great design. Breat look for the blog.

  • ibnu, 19 March 2013

    I think these backgrounds too complicated, Is there any simple background but looks professional?

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