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Patterns and Backgrounds

 

The background of a website has a powerful influence on the overall look and feel. They can also date a website as background fashions do tend to trend and then go out of fashion. However, updating a background is extremely easy to do when the formatting is included in the css.styles file. Simply changing one image for another is all that is required.

The favored Web 2.0 backgrounds tend to be light grey or diagonal stripes - the following sites provide free background files, with plenty of scope to be formal, whimsical, authorative, techie etc:

3Quarks - very subtle paper like backgrounds

44Suburbia - for the more sophisticated styles

Background Maker - a very good wizard to create your own background - all with a click on pixel

CitrusMoon - older style free backgrounds but many beautiful examples

DinPattern - over 50 background patterns with a live preview option to test out the backgrounds as you browse.

iStockPhoto - for the most up to date backgrounds of every type.

Kaliber10000 - around a thousand pixellated patterns submitted by users.

One Pattern - patterns are not free, but collections cost less than $20 a set.

Pattern4u - another site jam packed with unique backgrounds and patterns - there are well over 100 different patterns to choose from.

Pootato - more simplistic patterns which can also be used in Photoshop and other graphics programs. Also some great Photoshop brushes

Squidfingers - over 150 stunning background patterns by Travis Beckham.

StripeGenerator - keep up with the Web 2.0 trend and create your own unique stripes with Stripe Generator.

TartanMaker - if stripes aren't to your taste - you can go tartan plaid using Tartan Maker - an interactive tartan plaid maker.

NOTE: if using patterns as a watermark behind your web page copy - make them very, very faint. They may look great to you, but can be annoying for many readers who may have their computer screens at different settings to yours.

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