Web Design Tutorial – CSS Backgrounds

Nick and James form Creare demonstrate the basics of implementing backgrounds in CSS for you website. The tutorial covers standard colour, tiling a graphic, applying gradiants and fixed graphic backgrounds. Check out the supporting blog post at

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  • Hello @crearegroup ,
    Can you explain why do you use *.gif files ? I dont understand that, because GIF has only 256 colors….. Isn’t *.png better ?

  • It is very informational! Thank you so much for these works
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  • If your website has alot of pages on it will it make it run slower?

  • This tutorial makes it seem very easy…great job guys.

  • I am always finding a perfect web designing video tutorial for my company, this tutorial help me a lot, thanks a lot James and Nick 🙂

  • Thanks for the great tips. I like how you keep it very basic and less complicated.

  • Thank for this video James & Nick, is very well explained

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  • Very helpful videos. Could you put up a video of an image wrapping behind the container like the “menu dropdown” in thanks.

  • Very helpful videos. Could you put up a video of an image wrapping behind the container like the “menu dropdown” in thanks.

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  • thats what i’m trying to do. have a background image fixed in the same position even as you would scroll down but for some reason it doesn’t stay in place. Ive tried switching the setting to background-attachment:scroll but it still does the same thing.

  • Thanks for the discussion.Really gained a lot of knowledge from it.

  • the best design is always the one that is most user-friendly for the targeted user group and doesnt interfer with the information… in general a good rule to me is always “less-is-more”

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  • i made like a CSS-“hack” using “alpha” to get a gradient background (its normaly used as s text-effect). This would eliminate the use of images and looks OK. Though it works in IE im not sure about cross-browser support.