Textures are becoming more and more common place in web design these days; nothing drastic, just subtle. They help ‘lift’ a flat and staid web design into something more attractive. Depth is important in web design if you don’t want your iWeb site to look boring and run of the mill. In this post I want to show you a few examples of web-sites that use background textures to great effect as well as how to add textures to your iWeb site. At the end you can find a shortlist of great sites where you can download some beautiful textures to use on your iWeb site.
Of course, using textures in iWeb is nothing new. Many of the default themes use them and they haven’t changed since the very early days of iWeb but they can be a bit ‘in your face’. just a hint of texture can go a long way to making a difference to your iWeb site be it paper, card, wood, grass, stone or cloth. Here are 10 examples of (non iWeb) sites that use textures well.
Even Apple have started to use subtle textures, just take a look at the iPod pages of their site.
Adding textures to iWeb is easy, we just have to use Inspector to change the ‘Page’ or ‘Browser’ background to an image.
You could experiment with a textured browser background and a semi-transparent page background to have multiple textures. The design prospects are endless.
Now that you know how to do it take a look at some of these great web-sites for some textures to use on your iWeb site.
Naldz Graphics – Loads of freebie textures from nature.
Noupe – Some great free texture packs here.
Pelfusion – 60 high quality free textures.
GraphicAlerts – more than 50 fantastic free paper textures.
Fresh Textures – As the name suggests, you can get loads of free and paid for textures here.
Think Design Blog – Some more bizarre but still wonderful textures.
Levelgraphic – A huge collection of wood textures.
Are you already using textures on your iWeb site, or have you just started? Leave us a comment and let’s see your iWeb site.