Have you ever visited a website with a blocky background that tiled over and over again? No one likes that look. It is dated and unprofessional. That’s why it is so important when adding a background to your designs that it is seamless. Even if the background repeats in tiles, you won’t be able to tell with a seamless pattern design. Using pattern creator software can save you time and effort but still give you an amazing result you’ll be proud of.
Pattern Ninja, which was formerly called BG Patterns is an online pattern creation tool that will allow you to either create your own patterns from its library or to upload designs of your own.
The first step is to select an image. You can then move it around, rotate it or scale it to the size you want.
You can then use the color tool to choose a background color as well as a color for your image. You can mix colors, grab a canvas color with the eyedropper tool or choose just a fragment of an image to fill.
Another thing you can do is to swap the layers around so images overlap each other in a new way. This can make your background look more unique than you ever thought possible.
One of the ways Pattern Ninja is superior is that you can set precise parameters for the image and patterns, flip the image, or toggle the pattern tile boundary markers and grid lines to further refine the design.
Click on the button to create a new pattern, and you’ll be taken to a transparent background workspace. Next, click on the WYSIWYG menu item that looks like a paint bucket. This will allow you to set your background color. You can, of course, leave it transparent, but there is also an entire range of colors you can choose for your design.
Go to the images library and find a design you like for your site. For example, there are some abstract designs you can grab from the library. Categories include flowers, fruit and vegetables, flat icons, cooking, neon or upload an image of your choice.
If you want a truly unique look, then uploading your own image or an image you’ve purchased from a royalty-free site is your best bet. You can then move the images around on the page, delete them, rotate them and more. The key is to play around with the design until you have a basic background you’re thrilled with.
The pattern creator software is 100 percent free to use and is so simple that even a beginner can create an amazing background look. Save your design, download it and upload it to your own website.
Best Practices for Pattern Creator Software
When it comes to the overall design of your website, there are some best practices to keep in mind, whether you use this free software or choose something more complex, such as Illustrator.
Use color combinations that look natural. Neon colors are too jarring for most websites, particularly in a background. In addition, there should be a strong and visible contrast between the background and the text on your page. Uploading your own images can easily help you achieve this and space out some of the background elements.
There is even a certain psychology to specific color combinations for backgrounds. For example, black can signify elegance and power, while pink may show love and romance. There are many different elements that come into play when you talk about color psychology, but even a basic knowledge can help your business do better than you thought possible.
Places to Use
Once you’ve designed your unique new background pattern, there are a number of ways you can use your new design. For example, you might want to overhaul your entire website or just a few pages of it. Don’t be afraid to try out your new pattern and do a little research on what will work best for your business.
Use your pattern as the background of a webpage. If it is too bold, you can always tone down the overall image.
You can also use patterns as the background for an online ad. Once you begin to use a pattern frequently, individuals and businesses will recognize your theme. It can be another form of branding for your business.
Using a pattern creator for your designs doesn’t have to be costly or time-consuming. Free tools, such as Pattern Ninja, make the process simple and almost intuitive. Take the time to play around with different background patterns and learn the techniques of the software. You never know — you might just design something completely brilliant.
About The Author
Eleanor Hecks is the Editor-in-Chief of Designerly Magazine, an online publication dedicated to providing in-depth content from the design and marketing industries. When she's not designing or writing code, you can find her re-reading the Harry Potter series, burning calories at a local Zumba class, or hanging out with her dogs, Bear and Lucy.