Backgrounds are the foundation of graphics, and for a successful composition to be achievable, your background has to be impeccable. Texture, color, pattern, and videos are some of the elements that need to be put on focus when designing your project’s background. While they may not be a vital part of the project’s overall message, they can have quite an impact. Backgrounds can be bold, subtle, static, dynamic or non-existent. Let’s have a look at tips for how to choose and create backgrounds for your design project.
Color affects mood and in designing it's no different. Solid color or a color with a subtle gradient is one of the most popular and classic backgrounds in use today. Colors with a natural hue are one of the most attractive options as they work with a majority of the foreground elements.
Textures create the illusion of paper or stock style, which enhances creativity, especially for web content as it gives it a personal touch. The primary intention of texture is to form a three-dimensional aspect that separates your background and your text to help convey your message better.
A picture is worth a thousand words. This is applicable in video and photo backgrounds in design projects.Full-screen photo or video backgrounds are incredibly popular due to them being engaging to the user.Pictures provide the user with an excellent visual appeal. Use of a photo background that tells the design project’s concept will draw people further into the design. However, such backgrounds are not easy to produce since the images have to be stellar for them to work.
Pattern is a vital tool to apply to your background if you aim to attract. Attractiveness can be accomplished using simple shapes, lines or color to create a textured background. However, you should not detract or drown the content of your design.Patterns can be subtle, bold or large. A subtle pattern is most attractive as one can alter them into almost any color scheme, from faded neutrals to bright hues colors.
Gradients as backgrounds can be of two types: fade to white or black or to mix multiple contrasting colors. Either option will depend on what you intend to do but fading to white or black is fairly common as it is easy to pull off. Unlike the rest of the elements, however, gradients have fallen out of fashion with most designers.
Illustration builds an interactive experience for your reader which is vital for any design project. The other advantage is that it can be tailor-made to the content of your design. Also, a younger audience is more attracted to a playful illustration since it provides an interactive visual experience. Another advantage of illustration is that designers can create or contract unique designs to set a particular mood for a project.
White background/No background
Some backgrounds have no backgrounds at all, just a white space. But never undermine the simplicity of white space. If designing your background feels like a mammoth task, simplify.The lack of a background, if paired with a simple but effective design technique can end up creating a visually stunning package. The use of white spaces shifts the visitors focus on the elements on the canvas.