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CSS Lined Paper Background
Tutorials CSS 19220 September 17th, 2018

Lined paper background for web design is very easy to do. You just have to know a bit of CSS and you also need a nice texture. Fortunately, in this post I will provide you with both. I will show you the CSS code that you need to add to your web page in order to add the lined notebook paper background and also I will direct you to some free notebook paper textures, which are actually seamless Photoshop patterns.

The lined paper background

In this post I will show you how apply a CSS paper texture to the background of your website.

To add the lined paper background to a web page through CSS code you will first have to have an image which you can then use as a seamleass texture.

How to make lined paper in Photoshop?

In one of my older posts Notebook Photoshop Pattern I've made available for you some 30 different notebook paper Photoshop patterns. Download the archive and you will find inside 30 .PAT files which you have to import into your Photoshop. The easiest way to import a Photshop pattern is to just drag and drop the .PAT file in your Photoshop.

Notebook Photoshop Pattern

The notebook lined paper seamless texture in the archive are all 60x60 pixels which means that the texture tile image that you will place on the page background will also have to be 60x60 pixels.

So, create a new file in Photoshop with size 60x60, fill the layer with a color (it does not matter which color) and then go to the layer styles by double clicking on the layer.

Go to Pattern Overlay and choose from the patterns one of the newly imported patterns.

Save the result as a .JPEG or .GIF and upload it somewhere on your site.

As an example I chose a single lined yellow paper pattern and the resulting image should look like this:

lined notebook paper background

If you want to make your own lined paper backgrounds in Photoshop you have to ask 2 questions (see the links for answers):

  1. How do I draw a straight line in Photoshop?
  2. How do you make a repeating pattern digitally?

CSS code for background texture

Now that you have the texture tile image you can add it through CSS. If you are new to CSS, don't be afraid, CSS is really easy. For a quick insight on CSS please go to What is CSS and How to Use Style Sheets for Web Design.

The quickest way to add the background texture to your web page with CSS is to use inline CSS. So, edit your HTML page and add a style attribute to the body tag like this

       <body style="background-image:url('path_to_your_image/background-image.jpg;'">

and here it is: with this simple CSS style your web page just got a notebook paper background texture.

Some adjustments

You can adjust the result you get by modifying the size of the .JPG or .GIF paper texture image and the patter will still be seamless. Most of the websites that use seamless pattern for their backgrounds use a small size pattern. This has the advantage that the page loads faster and also it looks better.


To see some live examples for this CSS lined paper background tutorial I've made the following images. By rolling over them you will be able to see how the PSD Dude website would look with the lined notebook paper background.

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Check out this list of free notebook textures if you want to add something like this to your own website.

In Conclusion

Lined paper backgrounds are great for theming your website as a diary or even school related blog. You can create a really awesome looking site with something like that. As a final touch you might want to add some extra graphic design elements that add your personal touch.

For example, you can add as a header for the website a notebook label like this one from the MockoFun online label maker and use and online template like this:

Lined Paper Background Label Maker
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If you're looking for amazing textures and backgrounds for Photoshop, explore Textures4Photoshop where you can find 1000+ unique images. You can download all these textures and backgrounds for free to use in personal or commercial projects!

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1 comment(s) for "CSS Lined Paper Background"

Chris Sawyer
Chris Sawyer
1:06 PM Monday, April 29, 2019
Just what I was after, thank you! reply

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