How to add/change background Image In Blogger

With the recent drop in prices in computer hardware, including monitors, a number of people have shifted from 15″ or 17″ to 19″ or even to 22″ monitors, and so they usually set their screen resolutions to 1024×768 or higher. But that doesn’t mean there’s no one with resolutions lower than 1024×768.

If you see the stats of my own blog, then out of 500 visitors, approximately 50% of them have 1280×1024 resolution, but another 50% of visitors have either lower or higher than that.

Mostly people optimize their blogs for a screen resolution of 1024×768 or 1280×1024, as maximum visitors usually set their screens at this resolution. Now visitors with lower resolutions will see two scrollbars at the right corner and at bottom.
But a problem may arise with visitors with higher resolutions, as they will see a blank space in the corners and edges of the screen, which may spoil the overall look of the blog.
To avoid these circumstances, you should add a background image to your blog.

Blogger, by default gives a background color, which looks very boring so follow these steps to change it and show a beautiful background image.

Log in to Blogger, then go to “Layout” section, now click on “Edit HTML” link.
Then find this line:

body {
margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px;
padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px;
text-align: center;
color: #fff;
background: url(‘http://www……………..png’) repeat;
font-family: arial,verdana,helvetica,tahoma,Sans-serif;
font-size: 100%;
width: 100%;
}

or

body {
background:$bgcolor;
margin:0;
color:$textcolor;
font:x-small Georgia Serif;
font-size/* */:/**/small;
font-size: /**/small;
text-align: center;
}

The code may not be exactly the same, so search/find for “background”, by CTRL+F method, and check if it is the background: part of “Body {……

Now change that background line to like this:

background: url(‘http://DIRECT_LINK_OF_ANY_SMALL_IMAGE’) repeat;

The background image will not be displayed in Internet Explorer, if you do not give “space” after the url bracket closing and repeat.

You can use download images from here:
Background Images 1
Background Images 2

115 thoughts on “How to add/change background Image In Blogger

  1. Hi Ankit

    Keep the background as it is….

    You’ll find this in the template:

    #outer-wrapper {
    margin: 0 auto; /* to make the template lay in the screen center */
    ***
    ***
    ***
    ***
    }

    Now one of those *** will be background, if it is not there, then add one:

    background: #ffffff;

  2. Hi Zaumi!

    You’ll find something like this in your template:

    body {
    background: url(http://****.jpg) repeat;
    margin: 0;
    padding: 0px;
    font: normal normal 90% Trebuchet, Trebuchet MS, Arial, sans-serif;
    text-align: center;
    color: #EFEBEB;
    }

    Now modify it like this (ADD the BOLDED line in to the code)

    body {
    background: url(http://****.jpg) repeat;
    background-attachment: fixed;
    margin: 0;
    padding: 0px;
    font: normal normal 90% Trebuchet, Trebuchet MS, Arial, sans-serif;
    text-align: center;
    color: #EFEBEB;
    }

    NOTE: If you use a big image (of 1024×768 or 1280×1024 or 1600×1200 resolution), then there’s no need of repeat in the code line background.

  3. thank you so much!

    but i got another problem ^^
    there is a picture on the right side of the blog (berlinfixed.blogspot.com) and you should notice the white bar between each portrait… i made it already transparent with photoshop but blogspot somehow changes it to whit again! is there any way to let the background shine through those bars?

    cheers

  4. Hello,
    I ckecked your blog at lowest possible resolution of my screen(800×600), and found everythiung in place, can you send me the screenshots of your blog at low res ?

  5. Hi Ania…

    First of all save it is as a .gif or .jpg image.
    (make sure the image is not very heavy (not more than 100-150kb))…

    Now if the image is very small (a 100×100 or 300×200 image), then use repeat in the code.

    If the image is very big, then use no-repeat in the code.

    Now regarding the BIG IMAGE, you have to consider some points:

    First check, what screen size does your maximum visitors have (usually it'll be 1280×1024 or 1024×768), then use an image of that size only.

    then go to 'my computer'->'settings' in your computer and check yourself, your blog in differnt resolutions, as it is very important that the BG image should not look bad in any resolution.

    In case you want to use a big image, then I'll recommend a 1024×768 size.

    Anyways, my first preference is always any small image with repeat tag….as it'll adjust with any screen resolution….

    In case of any further doubts, feel free to ask here !

  6. Hi Thank you for your reply but I still don’t really understand where do I attach image latter on to appear as my background ? You said previously that you change the lint to that background: url(‘http://DIRECT_LINK_OF_ANY_SMALL_IMAGE’) repeat;
    but if my image is saved as just for example a1.jpg on my computer on the desktop it has no http link to attach to it.. Sorry if its a silly question but I don’t really understand that part most of all. Example of a bloggspot background that i really like and would like to create something along those lines but simpler. http://poppytalk.blogspot.com/
    THANK YOU !

  7. πŸ™‚

    Of course you are not going to get any http:// adress for your image, if it is stored on your pc, do this:
    1. Open the website :
    http://gigaimage.com

    2. Browse for your image (located in your pc), and upload it to gigaimage.com

    3. Now in the next screen, you will be shown many links for your image, FIRST link from that list will be a DIRECT LINK to your image.

    4. Now copy that link and paste it in the code above…

    Doesn’t matter how silly you think your questions are, feel free to ask them, so there’s no need to be anonymous,
    I like to know my visitors πŸ™‚

  8. ok so i’ve cahnged the line in edit html,

    i’ve used your link to downlaod backgrounds.

    BUT know what do i do

    PLZ HELP

  9. Wow! Thanks so much. I had been trying linking from picasa with no success. And your tip of going to gigaimage.com really was the only thing I had to fix. Thanks for the link and great tutorial!

    karla

  10. Hi, I hope you can answer my question. I am very slow with anything HTML and I need some assistance.
    my blog is thejcw.blogspot.com

    I would like to add a background that will show through only on the sides and white will stay where the blog is the whole time. really similar to this site: http://www.recycledwax.blogspot.com/

    I would really appreciate the help

  11. Hello…

    Here's is the bacjground being used in that blog:
    http://www.themaxwax.com/blog/centreblog.jpg

    BUT DO NOT use it (it may be copyrighted).
    Just use it as a reference, create or download your own similar image, make sure that the image is large enough (at least 1280×1024 or 1600×1200) and the central white area should be equal to the width of your post area (744 in your case & 696 in their case).

    Then upload the image to gigaimage.com or boxstr.com and use the DIRECT LINK in the code above and then to keep the background fixed, add the code from my reply to Zaumi (6th comment of this post)

    Regards
    Sai

  12. Well i figured out something useful, just added this (after the bg url) and it worked like I wanted :p

    body {
    background: url(“background-url”) top center
    repeat-y;
    background-attachment: fixed;
    margin:0;
    color:$textcolor;
    font: x-small “Trebuchet MS”, Trebuchet, Verdana, Sans-serif;
    font-size/* */:/**/small;
    font-size: /**/small;
    text-align: center;
    }

  13. Hey guys…i did what it said but i’m still not getting the picture. Instead I’m getting a white background…even the color i had previously dissapeared. :(( Any idea what happened.
    see
    body {
    background: url(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_9P530_h2aMc/SiIZxZiZX2I/AAAAAAAAAPo/-KbIbvlDObc/s1600-h/BACKGROUND.bmp) repeat;
    background-attachment: fixed;
    margin:0;
    color:$textcolor;
    font: x-small “Trebuchet MS”, Trebuchet, Verdana, Sans-serif;
    font-size/* */:/**/small;
    font-size: /**/small;
    text-align: center;
    }

    Does it have anything to do with the picture being .bmp?
    Thanks
    D.A

  14. Quotes are supposed to be there inside the brackets, try this code:

    body {
    background: url(‘http://i44.tinypic.com/245cx9c.jpg’) repeat;
    background-attachment: fixed;
    font: x-small “Trebuchet MS”, Trebuchet, Verdana, Sans-serif;
    font-size/* */:/**/small;
    font-size: /**/small;
    }

  15. Hi guys, even i got the same problem, i just replace the background image url to the templae i downloaded from one free template site but the image is not displaying

    body {
    background-image:url(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_ztAP0umdBvY/Smf6htg4tVI/AAAAAAAAAIk/K64xp3hr94M/S1600-R/bg2.jpg);
    background:$bgcolor;
    background-position: top left;
    background-repeat: no-repeat;
    background-attachment: fixed;
    margin:0;
    color:$textcolor;
    font:x-small Georgia Serif;
    font-size/* */:/**/small;
    font-size: /**/small;
    text-align: center;
    }

  16. Hi Divya Sai, I still can't get the background image, after copying the url (from the photobucket) and paste it into the HTML said before.. (after the word background). Pls help..tq in adv.

  17. @ Rafael

    In your blog, the template's <body> has a different background (which is the dark blue color) and the outer wrapper has a different background (an image with gradient blue color #2E4E60), which ultimately blends with the BODY's background color, so it is fine and actually looks good, but if you want the dark-blue background only, then delete the background code of your outer-wrapper (content-wrapper)

    Here are the codes:
    <pre>body {
    background: #2E4E60;
    margin: 0;
    padding: 0px;
    font: x-small Verdana, Arial;
    text-align: center;
    color: #333333;
    font-size/* */:/**/small;
    font-size: /**/small;
    }

    </pre>
    <pre>#content-wrapper {
    width: 970px;
    margin: 0 auto;
    height:1024px;
    padding: 0 0 0px 0;
    text-align: left;
    background: url(http://www.geocities.com/susigan/gradient2.png) ;
    ;
    }</pre>

  18. Hello Divya,

    I have the same problem as other posters with trying to get a repeating background image but only getting a white page. I have done as you advised them, including copying your code verbatim, and nothing produces an image.
    my code is currently:

    body {
    margin-top: 0px;
    margin-$endSide: 0px;
    margin-bottom: 0px;
    margin-$startSide: 0px;
    background:url (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ruarri/4076840020/) repeat;
    background-attachment: fixed;
    background position: 100%;
    text-align:center;
    font:x-small Verdana, Arial, Sans-serif;
    color:$textcolor;
    font-size/* */:/**/small;
    font-size: /**/small;
    }

    and my blog is http://nuteink.blogspot.com/

    Any advice would be welcome.

    RDS

  19. You should use direct links to images, whenever using them in templates. The flickr link you were initially using isn't a direct link to your image, if you go to that address, then you'll see the image of your interest in the center of that page(along with some other text/adverts etc.), but if you open the tinypic image link I have given, then you'll see that the page consists of only that image and nothing else. From now onwards, whenever you want to display images in any templates/widgets eetc. you should only use direct links to the images, and for this use tinypic.com (it is better if you open a free account in it and store all your images here).

  20. @Ruarri

    To make sure that a link to an image/file is a direct link, simply look at the ending part of the link.
    In 95% cases, the link will end with the same extension as that of the file ()like .jpg or .png or .gif or .pdf etc.

  21. Hey there sorry, I forget to reply to your queries.

    The background in either my blog or yours is applied to the entire blog and not just to the sides.

    You have to use some other color in the center that will overlap the background, and therefore the background will tend to appear only in the sides. In my next comment I will tell you the code where you have to add the overlaying color codes.

  22. Here's the code:
    Find this code in your template:

    #outer-wrapper {



    }

    Instead of those dots, there'll be some other code in there.

    Now replace one of those 3 dots (or add a new line) with this, so the code becomes this:

    #outer-wrapper {




    background: #ffffff;
    }

    where #ffffff refers to color-white, so your blogs center area will now become white and the background will appear only in the sides.

    Feel free to comment here, in case of more doubts.
    Happy blogging πŸ™‚

  23. Hello, I've read your instructions on how to add a background image to blogger, but it still only shows my background as a white page. I've made sure that my image link is a direct link, so I don't know know what's wrong. My coding is this:

    body {
    background: url("http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e215/livinlies/BG-Puzzle-White-Faded.jpg&quotπŸ˜‰ top center
    repeat-y;
    background-attachment: fixed; margin:0;
    color:$textcolor;
    font:x-small Georgia Serif;
    font-size/* */:/**/small;
    font-size: /**/small;
    text-align: center;
    }

    I hope you can help.

  24. Hello Divya,

    I have the same problem as other posters with trying to get a repeating background image but only getting a white page. I have done as you advised them, including copying your code verbatim, and nothing produces an image.
    my code is currently:

    body {
    margin-top: 0px;
    margin-$endSide: 0px;
    margin-bottom: 0px;
    margin-$startSide: 0px;
    background:url (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ruarri/4076840020/) repeat;
    background-attachment: fixed;
    background position: 100%;
    text-align:center;
    font:x-small Verdana, Arial, Sans-serif;
    color:$textcolor;
    font-size/* */:/**/small;
    font-size: /**/small;
    }

    and my blog is http://nuteink.blogspot.com/

    Any advice would be welcome.

  25. Thank you very much!!!
    It worked like a charm!
    The thing now is that the post area and sidebar apparently were transparent….How can i add collour to them?

  26. Try editing two codes, separately, first try changing this one:

    #outer-wrapper {
    margin:0;
    padding:22px;
    text-align:left;
    font: normal normal 100% Trebuchet, Trebuchet MS, Arial, sans-serif;
    }

    to this:

    #outer-wrapper {
    background: #FFFFFF;
    margin:0;
    padding:22px;
    text-align:left;
    font: normal normal 100% Trebuchet, Trebuchet MS, Arial, sans-serif;
    }

    Save the template and if you don't like the overall look, then change this again edit your template, delete the line you just added (background: #FFFFFF;) and edit this one:

    #main-wrapper {
    margin-left: 2%;
    width: 67%;
    float: left;
    display: inline; /* fix for doubling margin in IE */
    word-wrap: break-word; /* fix for long text breaking sidebar float in IE */
    overflow: hidden; /* fix for long non-text content breaking IE sidebar float */
    }

    make it:

    #main-wrapper {
    background: #FFFFFF;
    margin-left: 2%;
    width: 67%;
    float: left;
    display: inline; /* fix for doubling margin in IE */
    word-wrap: break-word; /* fix for long text breaking sidebar float in IE */
    overflow: hidden; /* fix for long non-text content breaking IE sidebar float */
    }

  27. Hello? Just Wanna Ask That what Actually My Problem?
    The Whole BackGround Is Became White After I Made This-
    body {
    background: url('http://ul.to/mpyqoy&#39πŸ˜‰ repeat;
    margin:0;
    color:$textcolor;
    font: x-small "Trebuchet MS", Trebuchet, Verdana, Sans-serif;
    font-size/* */:/**/small;
    font-size: /**/small;
    text-align: center;
    }
    Can Tell Me What Had I Done Wrong???
    Thanx…

  28. Hi Eleine,

    First of all do not use a large image, if you want to show just a pattern as a background image, rather use a small image with repeat function (that will load faster). So, use your photobucket image rather than the tinypic image.

    If you are talking about your practice template then instead of using this code:

    body {
    background:url(http://www.photobucket.com/albums/ab135/TanyaH10/dreamstime_drops_background.jpg);
    background-repeat:no-repeat;
    background-position:120% 10%;
    background-attachment:fixed;
    margin:0;
    color:#333333;
    font:x-small Georgia Serif;
    font-size/* */:/**/small;
    font-size: /**/small;
    text-align: center;
    }

    use this:

    body {
    background:url(http://www.photobucket.com/albums/ab135/TanyaH10/dreamstime_drops_background.jpg) repeat;
    margin:0;
    color:#333333;
    font:x-small Georgia Serif;
    font-size/* */:/**/small;
    font-size: /**/small;
    text-align: center;
    }

  29. Hi Sai!

    Thanks so much for getting back so quickly! I recopied the new code into the editor, but it still is ending up with a white background.

    So, I did go back and crop the background image smaller to see if that would help, and it still didn't.

    I'm playing around with the practice template to see if I can create my own blog skin to replace the downloaded template I have on another blog site. So, I appreciate all your help with this!

    Thanks again!

  30. Hi,I found this website and it is great;i have tried to put a background image on my blog but instead of having the whole image on the background,i am having it only on the center;can you please help me to figure this out?thank you

    the blog is at http://madhatterboutique.blogspot.com/

    and the code is

    body {
    margin: 0;
    padding: 0;
    border: 0;
    text-align: center;
    color: $mainTextColor;
    background: #bba url("http://img708.imageshack.us/img708/5189/fundalmadalina.jpg&quotπŸ˜‰ top center repeat-y;
    font-size: small;
    }

    img {
    border: 0;
    display: block;
    }

    .clear {
    clear: both;
    }

  31. thanks for replying! I know how to do the borders,I meant how to add a custom frame,instead of a border,an image i create myself as a border around photos πŸ™‚ Any help?

  32. Hi! How can I create a custom background (with images) for my blogger (blogspot) with photoshop? Can you help me please?

    Thanks,
    Mary

  33. Hey. It worked but not completely πŸ™
    I really hope you can help me A.S.A.P.
    My background changed but it doesn't changed from the top to the bottom. Instead, the top part of my blog is still my original background.

    Here's my blog: http://www.gaunbiru.blogspot.com/

    And here's my code:
    /* Content
    ———————————————– */
    body {
    font: $(body.font);
    color: $(body.text.color);
    background: url('http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u181/chocolatebar_2007/yo.jpg&#39πŸ˜‰ repeat; $(body.background);
    padding: 0 $(content.shadow.spread) $(content.shadow.spread) $(content.shadow.spread);
    $(body.background.override)
    }

    html body $(page.width.selector) {
    min-width: 0;
    max-width: 100%;
    width: $(page.width);
    }

    I am so bad in HTML. so please, help me πŸ™‚

  34. Hi, I've been scanning the internet and I've tried the tips you've gave but nothing is working.
    The only code that I can find in my blog HTML is …..
    body {
    font: $(body.font);
    color: $(body.text.color);
    background: $(body.background);
    }

    I have a URL for my image but it doesn't seem to work, please help :((

  35. can you help me, I'm also having trouble uploading my image to as a background. Here's my part that needs editin':

    body{
    background: url('http://img502.imageshack.us/img502/6686/blogwall.jpg&#39;)no-repeat;
    margin:0px;
    padding:0px;
    font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
    font-size:15px;
    color:#000000;
    }
    a:link {
    color:#CD1504;
    text-decoration:none;
    }
    a:visited {
    color:#CD1504;
    text-decoration:none;
    }
    a:hover {
    color:#CD1504;
    text-decoration:underline;
    }
    a img {
    border-width:0;
    }

    You see, after I added my pic's URL on the ''background: url('http://DIRECT_LINK_OF_ANY_SMALL_IMAGE&#39πŸ˜‰ repeat;'' line, I tried to preview it but only to see a large loading Blogger sign. Is ti normal? should I wait?(and I've waited fro an eternity, trust me.)

    Is it because my image is to large? it's around 260 KB.

    Owh, I also uploaded the image in Imageshack. It's here.
    http://img502.imageshack.us/img502/6686/blogwall.jpg

    And how do I do paste the picture so that it doesn't scroll down and skeep it floatin' or something.

    Sorry, I'm quite noob on the HTML.

    Sincerely need help.

  36. Thank You for Your information. I'm a bit late i suppose but could you have a look at my website? there's definitely something wrong there πŸ™ i've done all you said above and used imageshack for my url, but no result what so ever. Could you pm me and so i can send you the code? I've made my own template with artisteer…troubles me for almost a week now. Don't know what to do. Thank you in advance.

    http://organicoilmassage.blogspot.com

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