Introduction: What is the Purpose of a Background Image?

In today’s article we are going to be looking at a very specific kind of background image: the elegant black and gold birthday background. But what does this bit of decoration actually do? What is its purpose? Are you looking for a long-winded explanation that becomes too complicated, or a short and sweet one? Let’s cut to the chase.
What is the Purpose of a Background Image?
A background image may seem insignificant when you think about it in general, but it has an important function on websites. It serves as a transition between the content and interface of the website. It may be used as a backdrop for text, it may be used to set the scene, or it may even be used to create an accent of color. In the case of this article, we see a thin border on the left which is directly behind the pictures and text. The lines are straight, but subtle.

elegant black and gold birthday background
elegant black and gold birthday background

5 Easy Steps to Creating an Elegant Black and Gold Birthday Background

Note: It is assumed that you already know the basics of how to use photo editing programs. If not, there are many tutorials online to follow along with.
Black and gold is a color combination that can be used for many occasions, but it really is perfect for birthday celebrations. To enhance the elegance of this fantastic combo, here are five easy steps to create a lovely black and gold birthday background!
1) Create a new file in Photoshop. For this tutorial we will be using a 500×500 px canvas size, with 300 ppi resolution.
2) Fill the document with black using any fill tool you prefer.
3) With the Polygonal Lasso Tool, trace around the edge of the picture you would like to add. Once you have selected a good portion of your image, select Edit > Copy.
4) Select File > New, and create a new blank canvas. Change the brush size and color if desired.

elegant black and gold birthday background
elegant black and gold birthday background

Ideas for How to Use Your Background Image on Social Media & Blog Posts in 2018

You can also use your background image as an under-lay for your blog posts, especially if you are focused on that specific topic. On a blog, the background is known as the header and it will usually be the same size of your page .
More importantly, the background should be the same size as your blog content. This way the background will blend in with your blog’s theme and create a seamless look. If you are using a graphic editor like Photoshop, you can also choose to make it full-page for your blog posts. The image can be framed into a rectangle shape and make sure that its top and bottom edges are aligned on the left hand side of your post so that it creates an ideal under-lay effect.

elegant black and gold birthday background
elegant black and gold birthday background

Using a Gradient Effect for Even More Style in 2019

If you are looking for a specific kind of background image to use for your site, we have created a list of options with different variations. As you will see below, the selection of gradient backgrounds is quite large, so we have outlined some of the most popular ones and have provided a few examples of how they would look.
Of course, this list is not comprehensive because there are countless ways to create a gradient background image that are unique to your design. You should feel free to experiment and try something new! The only advice we can give here is that you need to be creative with gradients by using unusual colors, angles, or intervals (the distance between each color).
1. http://www.brisbanecreativestudio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Gradient-black-on-black.jpg
Description: A simple black and white (or very close to black and white) background image with a gradient effect
2. http://www.experimentalcraftsbylizette.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/GradientBackground_Gold_on_White3-300×157.jpg
Description: An image with a gradient effect that is white and gold on a dark background.
3. http://www.nataliedee.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/happy-birthday-overlay-2.jpg
Description: The background behind this birthday card has a gradient over it to make the card look like it has more depth and interest than it really does!

elegant black and gold birthday background
elegant black and gold birthday background

Et Cetera-to-Create an Amazing Gradient Effect!

Conclusion: You now have the ability to create a stunning, elegant gradient effect in photo editing software. This is a great addition to the repertoire of basic photo editing knowledge you have. It adds an easy-to-implement, yet elegant touch to your photos.
Read on for a few more examples and how to implement them in Photoshop!
#1: try adding a gradient overlay in the lower, left corner of your photo. Make sure it’s subtle by fading out towards the middle of the image.
#2: Create a new layer by pressing ALT+CTRL+SHIFT+ N. Name this layer “Layer 2.”
#3: Double-click Layer 1 and place the image on the background of Layer 2. Release the window and adjust the opacity until it looks like a gradient.
#4: Create another new layer, name it “Layer 3” and place your image on Layer 3. Release this window. This will be your gradients color overlay. Click on Filters on the top window and select Distort.

elegant black and gold birthday background
elegant black and gold birthday background