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How to Create Cool Website Backgrounds: The Ultimate Guide

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Susan is a programmer, open source contributor and loves creating interactive, digital experiences.

Website backgrounds have become a major web design trend in the past year, and will continue to do so for the coming years, as web designers are seeing the power of adding backgrounds to their landings and hero banners. From gradients to triangle backgrounds, there’s no doubt that this trend is here to stay.

Website backgrounds are a fantastic way to add a splash of visual interest to an otherwise plain landing or hero section, and can instantly enhance the overall visual aesthetic.

They can also be added to login pages and signup screens; rather than an atypical solid color background, adding a gradient background can greatly enhance the overall design and add that extra touch to the design.

In this comprehensive guide, we’re going to take a look at the best and free tools to help you create cool web page backgrounds, as well as some best practices and tips to guide you along the way.

Creating a cool background is a must for your website.

Creating a cool background is a must for your website.

How to Create Website Backgrounds

Today we're going to learn how to make and save our own website backgrounds.

The first tool I'm going to take a look at for this is a website background maker called Inixia, which allows you to create animated particle backgrounds, SVG waves and other backgrounds.

I’ve tried this tool out and generated a variety of gradient, triangle and animated backgrounds in a relatively short time. Some samples of the backgrounds I created are shown below.

An example of a particle background added to Inixia's home page!

An example of a particle background added to Inixia's home page!

The image above shows an example of a particle background in use. In fact, Inixia have also decided to add it to their own homepage and you can view it there too. The particle effect is also animated, leading to a serene yet engaging background.

We're going to take a look at how to create an animated background like this below.

Triangle Backgrounds

You can generate a variety of triangle backgrounds, which are great for loading screens, login screens plus signup screens too. These triangle backgrounds are created with a gradient, leading to a beautiful effect that'll no doubt make one pretty cool background!

You can also export these backgrounds to PNG if you'd like to use the background as an image format instead of SVG. This would be perfect for promotional materials, email headers and so much more.

An example of one of the triangle backgrounds you can make

An example of one of the triangle backgrounds you can make

Animated Backgrounds

I've always been a great fan of particle backgrounds, and an animated background can really add a dynamic aspect to your website also. These are fantastic for landings, and Inixia allows you to choose from tens of templates so you can select a particle background that works for your website.

Templates include bubbles, pulsating circles, and a lot more. You can mix and match the background to also include a gradient of your choice or add some waves to the end of the page.

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The image below shows a demo of an example particle background, and other templates are also shown on the left-hand side too.

Creating an animated particle background; this image isn't animated but the backgrounds are!

Creating an animated particle background; this image isn't animated but the backgrounds are!

How to Get Started

To get started in creating your own backgrounds, just head over to their home page and click "Get Started". Alternatively, you can click view their background design templates here instead.

Then, select your favourite background template and you'll then be brought to an editor that allows you to customize your backgrounds. Make sure to check out their other available templates by trying out the "Templates" button.

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Gradients

If you’re looking to add a gradient background to your website, you could try using the web app mentioned above, but for even more options, try out UI Gradients too. It allows you to peruse a variety of gradients, and choose one which takes your liking by previewing a full-screen image of the gradient, or exporting the gradient to CSS.

I would hugely recommend UI Gradients, given the unique and fantastic selection of gradients available. You're sure to find a gradient that most reflects the ambience or atmosphere you are hoping to create in your website. From cool tones to warm hues, there's sure to be a gradient available that matches exactly what you're looking for.

If you'd like to peruse all gradients at once, you can also do so via their directory, which lists all gradients available. Or, if you'd like to find a cool gradient via serendipity, you can randomly select gradients too and see if there are any that you'd like to make use of too.

There are other gradient generators you can make use of too, and I've compiled a list of some of my favourite ones in this article I wrote on gradient makers.

Animated Gradients

Animated gradients have also become quite popular lately, especially with login and signup screens! They consist of a background that slowly changes color to another, and contains a gradient blend that is quite refreshing to look at.

It's quite a cool effect, and has been very popular with designers including this effect as the background for login screens, signup forms and more.

You can use the Granim.js animated gradient library for this effect.

Some examples of the cool background types you can make, plus the best tools to use for each!

Background TypeRecommended ToolsDetails

Animated particles

Inixia

You can create a variety of particle backgrounds, with different customization options including gradients and more!

Gradients

CSS Gradients

You can choose from a huge variety of gradient options here!

Triangle backgrounds

Inixia

Triangle backgrounds can be created using this tool.

Animated gradients

Granim.js

You can add an animated gradient effect to your website using Granim.js, a JavaScript library. This effect is also possible with only CSS too however.

Hopefully That'll Help You Create Web Backgrounds!

I really hope you've found some great tools and techniques for creating backgrounds here! If you'd like to see even more sites that allow you to create website backgrounds, make sure to check them out in this article I wrote on site background generators here. Don't hesitate to leave your comments below, and if you have any other questions or feedback, do let me know!

If there are any website backgrounds that you'd like to create and don't see here, make sure to let me know in the comments below and I'll do my best to help you out. Website backgrounds really add such great verve and personality to any website, and you should definitely get started with them!

Thanks for reading!

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.

© 2021 Susan W

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