105+ Cool Backgrounds and Tutorials for Designers

May 30, 2013 · 15 comments

by Lars

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Cool backgrounds is available as design resources in many different forms and styles and having a sizable collection is always useful. A cool background can be a repetition of simple stripes or polka-dots, complex combination of images and colors, or some ornate design. For web designers, background patterns are useful because they can be used in different elements of the design or as a background for the entire page. As an example I think textured backgrounds on websites often gives a clean and professional look and feel on the web page. Adding a good looking background always works well and often it is one of the design elements you need of you set up a new website e.g. using a wordpress theme for online portfolios.

By using a cool website background, web designers should take care that patterns must go with the overall style of the website. Using too “busy” patterns as backgrounds could make the overall website design unpleasant and give a bad user experience. Another cool and related effect is to have fullscreen photo backgrounds on websites.

Here in in this article, I have collected a lot of useful cool backgrounds and some Photoshop background tutorials to help you learn the process and techniques yourself. You can use this for creating website backgrounds, inspiration or as a base for an artwork. If by chance you don’t like one of the cool backgrounds included here, you can make your own by following one of the Photoshop background tutorials below. I just updated this article and added more resources.


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Photoshop Tutorials About Making Cool Backgrounds

There are many tutorials available in the web now and here are some that teach step by step procedure on how to make cool website backgrounds

Space Lighting effects

In this Photoshop tutorial I will show you how to create a space scene with some nice Lighting Effects in 10 Steps.

space-lighting-effects-10-steps-photoshop-tutorial

Abstract Background of Colored Bars

Short but attractive way to create a graphic for backgrounds, wallpapers, greeting cards, designs, and all that other good stuff.

quickly-build-a-abstract-background-of-colored-bars

Calculations And Colorization

In this Photoshop tutorial I’ll show you how to create an Alpha Channel using the Calculations dialog and we’ll use it to get a really great abstract colorized photo effect.

calculations-and-colorization

How to Create an Energetic, Vibrant, Colorful Wallpaper

This tutorial explains how to create a energetic, vibrant, colorful wallpaper.

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How to Make a Windows Vista Aurora Effect in Photoshop

In this tutorial, you will see how to create the Windows Vista Auora effect.

How to Make a Windows Vista Aurora Effect in Photoshop

Brilliant Light Streaks

In this tutorial, you will learn a simple technique for creating brilliant light streaks which can be used in different ways to add motion and brightness to your designs.

how-to-create-brilliant-light-streaks-in-photoshop

Abstract Summer Illustration Tutorial in Photoshop

This tutorial will teach you to create a summer illystration in Photoshop using drawing tools.

Abstract Summer Illustration Tutorial in Photoshop

How to Make a Dark Backgound with Luminescent Lines

Here we will create some thin flowing lines that look as if they emit light. This technique is fairly simple and is a great way to create an abstract wallpaper or looks good integrated into another image. This tutorial will mainly explore the brush engine and you will also learn how to create custom brushes and use them effectively, combined with some interesting layer styles.

How to Make a Dark Backgound with Luminescent Lines

Cool Backgrounds

These cool backgrounds can be used for many types of designs, hope you find what you are looking for!

Pipes

Pipes

Colorful Rainbow Marble Patterns

Colorful Rainbow Marble Patterns

Weaved Reed

Weaved Reed

Geometric Flowers

Geometric Flowers

Colored Glass

Colored Glass

Floral Background

Floral Background

Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves

Smudged Green

Smudged Green

Dancing Dolphins

Dancing Dolphins

Graffiti Wall

Graffiti Wall

Graffiti Background

Graffiti Background

Colored Little Balls

Colored Little Balls

Rainbow Licks WP

>Rainbow Licks WP

Waterdrops

Waterdrops

Purple Waterdrops

Purple Waterdrops

Creeping Vine Background

Creeping Vine Background

Rope Background

Rope Background

Plastic Buttons Background

Plastic Buttons Background

Pink Carpet Texture

Pink Carpet Texture

Zebra Background

Zebra Background

Net Background

Net Background

Dark Fibers Up Close

Dark Fibers Up Close

Various

Various

Close up view, light fibers

Close up view, light fibers

Moons and Stars

Moons and Stars

Hand Drawn Seamless Hand Patterns

Hand Drawn Seamless Hand Patterns

Playful Seamless Retro Patterns

Playful Seamless Retro Patterns

Pink Pattern Pack

Pink Pattern Pack

Retro Pattern

Retro Pattern

Paper

Paper

Paper Background

Paper Background

Floral Paper

Floral Paper

Checkered Background

Checkered Background

Floral Paper Background

Floral Paper Background

Curly Floral Pattern

Curly Floral Pattern

Grungy Curls

Grungy Curls

Design Inspiration

design inspiration, background patterns

Insurrectionx

insurrectionx

Psychedelic

Psychidelic background patterns

Finding a Cure by dinpattern

Finding a cure

The Inspiration Gallery

the-inspiration-gallery-2

Red-eyed owl

red eyed Owl background patterns

Navaho

Navaho

Hollyhock

Hollychock

Twitter Patterns

twitter-patterns-3

BG Patterns/a>

bgpatterns

Squid Fingers

squidfingers

The Inspiration Gallery

the-inspiration-gallery

Pattern Cooler

patterncooler background patterns

Patterrific

patterrific

Portfelia

portfelia

By maxcdn.thedesigninspiration

Maxdcn background patterns

Red Tie by sunb1rd

red Tie

Tileable Basket Weave Textures by WebTreats

Tieable Basket

Urban Strokes

urbanstrokes

Citrus Moon

citrusmoon background patterns

Fractured Sanity

fractured-sanity

Color Editor by patterncooler

patternCooler

Antionette by dinpattern

Antoinette

Blue Pacific Blues

Blue pacific Blue

Everyday Icons

everydayicons

Koller Media

kollermedia-blue-diagonal background patterns

Ava7

ava7

Tickle

tickie

GypsyGarden

Gypsygarden

700 miles by jimjim421

700 miles

Tartanmaker

tartanmaker

Appendix Squared

appendixsquared

Hybrid-genesis

hybrid-genesis

Shizoo

shizoo-design

Don Barnett

donbarnett

Alice Grafixx

alice-grafixx

WebTreats

12-free-high-resolution-fabric

Din Pattern

prim-walls background patterns

Supah plaid

Supah Plaid

Danda Luna

catcher

Noqta

pattern-03

Squidfingers

pattern-06 \

Old Posy Gold

old-posy-gold

PatternCooler

pattern-12

The Design Inspiration

pattern-133

Blooming Pink

Blooming Pink

Modern Day Romance

Modern day romance

Esticate random by panchicore

esticate

Noqta

pattern-25

Kerim Karaman

goth-back

Lady Manderley

her-name-in-the-sand

Logochic

hole-istic-healing

Itseh

Itseh

Pattern 8

pattern8

Dinpattern

dinpattern

Afrodusa

sea-salt-licked

Alessandro

skullz

Highwireart

the-art-of-cocktail

Dc larien

the-forgotten-gate

Pattern Textures by ~princess-RxY

pattern textures

Author : Lars Vraa

Lars is passionate about web design, web development, SEO, social media and loves to look into new technologies, techniques, tools etc. and to write articles for tripwire magazine readers.

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John Downey October 21, 2012 at 4:22 am

Very cool collection. Gives me lots of ideas!

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jay August 2, 2012 at 5:34 pm

wow i love so many of them…
i am confused now which to do first lol.. i need only 2 backgrounds to work on, and i saw these collections now am having a hard which to start doing…

thanks a lot for sharing all these.

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jay August 2, 2012 at 5:36 pm

*having a hard time…

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tractari auto July 9, 2012 at 11:51 am

Thank you for sharing these 100 backgrounds. Just starting a new website and I might use some of your resources. Keep posting good things like these.

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Ajdana February 8, 2012 at 8:11 pm

I visit the website very often, lots of helpful information

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shree@SOFTECHNOGEEK February 7, 2012 at 6:52 am

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Danny November 6, 2012 at 2:17 am

Somebody learned a new word today!

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Marc February 4, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Exellent post !!!
Thanks for beautiful backgrounds!
Marc

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Andrew December 2, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Awesome background pics

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Darren February 2, 2011 at 11:18 pm

Nice Collection!!

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blackdreams December 28, 2010 at 11:39 am

I love all of them , It’s beautiful

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