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8 Best JavaScript Particle Animations to Add to Your Site

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A particle background template created with Vanta.js!

A particle background template created with Vanta.js!

Best JavaScript Particle Animations

Welcome! If you're on the lookout for pre-made JavaScript particle animations, then you've come to the right place!

Creating a particle animation shouldn't be too complex, since there are lots of generators and pre-made templates to help you. Simply check out the list below and if there are any backgrounds you'd like to add, just copy the template to add it to your site, and it's ready to go!

Let's get started!

1. Particles With Gradient Background

The first background we'll be taking a look at features particles with a beautiful gradient backdrop, as shown in the image below! The particles flicker in and out of view, creating a stunning effect overall.

You could also create different variations by updating the gradient too, for instance, you could swap the light blue color for a light green instead, in order to create a blue-green gradient!

This animation is available as part of Isotope UI's background pack, which is linked below!

Here's a beautiful example of a particle animation with flickering particles!

Here's a beautiful example of a particle animation with flickering particles!

2. Vanta.js Constellations

Vanta.js is an amazing library with a variety of templates you can add to your projects. The first background I'd like to take a look at consists of a constellation animation, featuring glorious line-linked particles!

You can customize the templates and then add these to your site quite quickly. All you need to do is install the library and then follow the instructions provided in the documentation, and you'll be set up before you know it!

You'll see an example of one of the background you can make with the library below, it looks amazing!

Vanta.js allows you to create cool particle backgrounds, such as this one!

Vanta.js allows you to create cool particle backgrounds, such as this one!

Two Great Sources of Particle Backgrounds

There are lots of great sites online that have an excellent variety of templates that you can use on your sites.

I've discovered two great resources for you which have a range of particle backgrounds.

Vanta.js

Vanta.js is a fantastic library with a great variety of templates for you to take a look at, including line-linked constellations, clouds, waves and so much more! Be sure to take a look at the official site which has all the interactive demos and examples you can try out and customize!

Isotope UI

Isotope UI also has a background pack of over 100 backgrounds, including particle backgrounds. The first two animations in this list are from this pack!

If you build websites and would like to have a great library of backgrounds to choose from for your projects, then this would be a fantastic resource for you. I've been using lots of the backgrounds for my own websites, and love taking a look through the library to find a background that matches the visual aesthetic I'm looking for. There are mesh gradients, particle effects and so much more!

3. Rising Bubbles

The next animation we're going to take a look at features lovely rising bubbles that would look stunning in any project!

This could be used for so many contexts, including landing pages! Particles can also help boost the time spent by users on-site, and can be particularly useful for landing pages.

You could also add an SVG wave to this background for a fun page divider effect.

These rising bubbles make for a gorgeous background!

These rising bubbles make for a gorgeous background!

4. Moving Shapes

The next background we're going to take a look at features a series of moving shapes.

This background is created using Particles.js and is one of the demos available on the official site. The configuration tool on the right-hand side, in the upper corner, can be used to customize and adjust the various values for the appearance of the animation. For instance, you can change the background color or the speed of the particles' movement.

You can also export the configuration file once you'd like to make use of the background in your own project.

CSS can also be used to create these moving shape animations, and if you're interested in this, I'd recommend my guide to CSS animated backgrounds here. But if you are creating animations with lots of particles at once, then a high-performance particle library is recommended, such as Particles.js or TsParticles.

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5. Vanta.js Flock

Another background I'd recommend from Vanta.js consists of a flock of flying birds!

There are lots of stunning animations to choose from, and in this guide, I've chosen two of my favourites! The first I'd like to take a look at is an animation of flying birds, as shown in the image below.

The animations are very smooth and seamless overall, and I'd definitely recommend taking a look at this library for some stunning animations to add to your site!

Here's an example of a background created with Vanta.js!

Here's an example of a background created with Vanta.js!

6. Animated Constellations

This background features a series of line-linked particles with primary colors. It's such a cool animation, I must say! You could use this in a variety of pages and for different use cases, including signup screens and login forms.

It's part of Isotope UI's background pack, and another template with different colors is also available as part of the pack too.

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7. Constellations

Another cool demo available on the Particles.js official site features stunning line-linked particles which overall create a constellation animation effect! It's quite a popular background choice, and it would be a great option for landing pages and so much more!

You could create variations of this by updating the background color or the particle color too. There are so many possibilities you could create! For example, adding a gradient background is also possible too. I'd also recommend trying out different gradient backgrounds also. If you're looking for more gradient inspiration, I would recommend my guide to gradient tools, in order to help create cool gradients for website backgrounds.

particlesjs-examples

8. Snow Effect

This festive, wintery animation effect would be a cool addition to a site!

It's available as one of the demos on the Particles.js official website. The animation has a dark blue background color, but you can also update the color using the configuration tool on the right-hand side.

If you'd like to add a festive touch to your website, I'd definitely recommend trying this background out.

For a festive touch, why not include a snow effect to your site?

For a festive touch, why not include a snow effect to your site?

Best JavaScript Particle Animations

Here are some of the best JavaScript particle animations you can add to your site right now!

NameDetails

Constellations

Line-linked particles form to create a cool constellation effect! Both Vanta and Isotope UI have this cool animation available.

Flickering particles

You could combine a gradient backdrop with flickering particles for a beautiful effect.

Moving shapes

With TsParticles and Particles.js, you can create serene backgrounds that consist of moving shapes!

Bubbles

You could combine a rising bubble animation with an SVG wave page divider for a beautiful landing page design!

Hopefully You've Discovered Some Great Particle Backgrounds!

Thanks very much for reading this guide, hopefully you've discovered some fantastic particle backgrounds in this list! We've taken a look at lots of examples, including line-linked particles, as well as those with gradients and more. If you're looking for more examples of cool backgrounds you can add to your site, I'd recommend my guide to website background templates here.

Do you have any other backgrounds you'd like to share with us? Or any particle generator tools you'd like to make use of? Be sure to let me know down in the comments section below, as I'm always on the lookout for new backgrounds to check out.

Thanks again for reading, and wishing you the very best with adding a particle background to your site!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.