Backgrounds are often refered to by graphic designers as the 'Ground' or 'Space' on which to build — this may seem to belittle the background on first hearing, but don't be mistaken: The ground on which you build your other elements is of primary importance in contextualising your final composition.
Choose wisely and with care and attention as your background shall powerfully influence the images or layout style of the subsequent work. Beware the common mistakes of novice designers who's backgrounds can overpower the rest of their composition – leading to poor interpretation and mixed messages. As a general rule of thumb: Keep it Simple.
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If you're being a little bit non-committal; but would still like to assert: “Yes, an appropriate image will go here at some time” then simply add the ubiquitous blurred background image. It says a lot without saying anything and provides visual interest where there was none!
It is not suprising that the most favoured background choices always include examples of the subtle abstract and subtle natural genres. They are pleasing to the eye, require little or no active interpretation and are non-specific enough to accommodate any middleground or foreground. Also, they assist in breaking up the conformity of the image, preventing it from appearing overly stark, underworked or ‘unfinished’.
These dark backgrounds have been collected mainly from two popular sources, they are: BLAH & BLAH. Links to the original files can be found on hover or tap.
An exploration of subtle light backgrounds; for both web and print. Collected from various sources over the internet. All FREE for personal use. ❧