HTML allows you to embellish web pages in many ways. One of these is, putting a background image using BACKGROUND attribute of the <body> tag.
Employing any odd image as a background seldom results in the desired effect and usually spoils the look of the page. The reason is that browsers tile the background image. You can either make a very large background image, something like 1000 X 800 pixels or use a smaller seamless image.
One simple reason: FILE SIZE
A large background image, say 800×600, would be at least 30kb (optimized). A small seamless image would be much smaller. You can have seamless images that are a mere 3kb! Thus, small seamless images result in faster web page display.
Okay… so what is a seamless image?
It’s an image which, when tiled, does not display its borders/boundaries. This happens because the left and right & top and bottom sides are welded so a particular side continues the information on the opposite one.
This tip will help you make a simple but useful seamless image that can be used as a background for your pages. In the next tip you can beautify and color your image.
I employ Paint Shop Pro here, however, you may try your hands at Adobe PhotoShop… the tools may vary but the logic remains the same!
Start Paint Shop Pro and open a new image 100 X 100 pixels.
Fill this image with white (Red = 255, Green = 255, Blue=255).
Click on Image and select Add from Noise in the Filter Browser.
Select Random and set the % Noise at 18.
Your image should look like:
Click on Image – Other – Emboss. The image now becomes greyish in color. Your result should be:
Use this in a page to see how it looks or click here. (This open another window).
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