Choosing the Right Background Images for Your Site’s Graphics

September 9th, 2014 by | No Comments

Image by Dustin Gaffke

When crafting content for your blog or website, it’s important that every element is optimized to keep your audience engaged and loving your page. And of course you already know that this can be done by avoiding a purely textual post; graphics and other visual additions must be present to break the monotony. 

We recently covered this, and we suggested that you add animated images and videos to keep from having an all-text post that can bore even your most loyal customers. Besides these, you can also create your own by using static images as background to some really good typography. These are usually used for banners, header images, or even to replace your call-to-action.

The awesome guys over at Canva gave tips on how to properly use images as backgrounds. But before you can apply these tips, you first have to make sure that you have the right image to use.

Here’s a couple of tips on how to pick the right one:


Visualize the Final Product

“What kind of image would you like to end up with?” is one of the most important questions you have to ask yourself before you even start anything. This will define how much time you will be spending on the task.

How come?

Well, searching for images is one thing, but having to think about the type of font you want to use, the colors you want to use, and how you want to lay them out changes the story completely. Not having a goal will have you spending too much time on either one of these tasks, making the entire process a hassle. You might as well just pick something up from Flickr, paste it in your content, and call it a day.


Avoid Busy Images

Remember that you’ll want your readers to be able to read the text you’ll be inserting in your image. Hence, getting images that are too busy is a big no-no. Keep the images you use clean, with as much blank space as possible so you have room for your text.

If there’s no stopping you from using a busy image, then at least your readers can rest assured that there are other ways of incorporating text in your background image. As the Canva post suggests, you can blur the background, play with transparencies, or add an opaque shape behind your text.

Got other tips on choosing the right background images for your site’s or blog’s graphics? Feel free to share them – we’d love to hear from you!



Dylan St. James is a part-time writer and full-time nerd. He loves writing his own stories and collecting comic books. Dylan would one day love to publish his own children’s book.

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