'Soft' versus 'hard' backgrounds...

Importance of backgrounds cannot be underestimated. They make the impression (first impression is the last impression, you know! :-)), they highlight the text/images, they attract readers, and they create an environment related to the subject.

Usually, backgrounds are 'soft' - so that they do not interfere with reading. Of course, a "background" has to be "back-ground" only and should not override the subject matter.

Here are a couple of examples of 'soft' backgrounds:

Running water, soft waves background

Soft cloud background

But, there are sometimes, when a designer needs a "hard" background. Such instances could be when the main text/subject matter is 'short and sweet' or the subject itself demands prominent shapes/colors.

You can consider the following ones "hard" backgrounds.

Abstract Blue Background with Rays of Light

Abstract Background - Sea Waves with Splashing Water Droplets

Such backgrounds, when used appropriately and creatively, can give impressive outputs. On the contrary, when not used properly, they can spoil the overall look, too.

Photo credits: Panya Anakotmankong, Parin Parmar, Susazoom.

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Parinmnparmar

Thank you Habibnawaz...

Habibnawaz

Nice and soft colorful backgrounds. Interesting!

Parinmnparmar

Thank you Shahmeiraj198139...

Shahmeiraj198139

Best backgrounds

Parinmnparmar

Thank you Vladimirkz and Generalul2015! :-)

Photostock2015

nice backgrounds :)

Vladimirkz

Interesting!

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