40 Beautiful Web Designs that Use Photographic Backgrounds

If you want to see even more websites that use large photos as their backgrounds, also check out this previous post: Using Photo Backgrounds in Web Design: 30 Examples.

1. Colossal Media

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Colossal Media

2. Studio AIRPORT

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Studio AIRPORT

3. Kent & Curwen

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Kent & Curwen

4. Design Week Portland

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Design Week Portland

5. Royale

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Royale

6. Diehl Group Architects

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Diehl Group Architects

7. H-ART

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - H-ART

8. A Book of Beards

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - A Book of Beards

9. Evolution Bureau

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Evolution Bureau

10. Food Studio

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Food Studio

11. Planet Propaganda

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Planet Propaganda

12. Regenerate Music Company

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Regenerate Music Company

13. The After Bedtime Sessions

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - The After Bedtime Sessions

14. 49 Conduit Street

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - 49 Conduit Street

15. Beatbox Academy

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Beatbox Academy

16. The Kitchen Community

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - The Kitchen Community

17. Locals Apparel

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Locals Apparel

18. Nucoco Chocolate

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Nucoco Chocolate

19. Welikesmall

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Welikesmall

20. Minerva

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Minerva

21. Camacho Cigars

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Camacho Cigars

22. Aspect Photography

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Aspect Photography

23. SEED SPOT

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - SEED SPOT

24. Racket

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Racket

25. Whitmans

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Whitmans

26. Jason Miller Studio

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Jason Miller Studio

27. Drexel University

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Drexel University

28. The Paper Mill

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - The Paper Mill

29. Onside Sports Agency

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Onside Sports Agency

30. blacknegative

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - blacknegative

31. Plate the Slate

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Plate the Slate

32. Cappellos

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Cappellos

33. Helen Tsanos Sheinman

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Helen Tsanos Sheinman

34. Life & Thyme

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Life & Thyme

35. Yield Design

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Yield Design

36. Boundary Breaks Vineyard

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Boundary Breaks Vineyard

37. Noearaujoº

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Noearaujo

38. I <3 FR

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - I <3 FR

39. Stinkdigital

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Stinkdigital

40. NBR New Zealand Opera

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - NBR New Zealand Opera

Which one is your favorite, and why? Share your thoughts in the comments!

What Photoshop Keyboard Shortcut Do You Use the Most?

Please vote for the Photoshop keyboard shortcut you use the most in the comments of this post.

Please mention the following:

  • The keyboard shortcut you use most often (e.g. Ctrl + O or Cmd + O)
  • What the keyboard shortcut does (e.g. Ctrl + O is the shortcut for File > Open)
  • Why do you frequently use this keyboard shortcut?

What’s the keyboard shortcut I use most often? It’s Alt+Shift+Ctrl+S.

It’s the shortcut for File > Save for Web & Devices.

I use this keyboard shortcut a lot because I perform a ton of simple image editing work, such as resizing images or resaving images into another web image format. Sometimes, I can be editing 20 images at the same time, all of which need to be saved in a suitable web format.

Now it’s your turn! Share your most-used Photoshop keyboard shortcut in the comments. Thanks!

Google’s Search plus Your World: 3 Changes Internet Marketers Will Care About

On January 10th, Google made a ground-breaking announcement that Google search will now be integrated with your social signals.  The name for this update is Google Search plus Your World which is only activated when the searcher is logged into their Google+ account and searching on Google’s secure search.  Google Search plus Your World marks a major shift toward increased social marketing and makes the use of Google+ necessary.  With Google’s new social search feature, there are 3 main changes that you will notice on your results page.

Personal Results

The first is that your personal interactions will now show up in the results for related terms.  For example, when I type in the term “technology” I see results from some of my co-workers.

Google search

Search plus Your World denotes searches that are specific to you with the blue person icon.  These results are ones that have been shared with you on Google+ or are public results.  Images will also appear in these results if related to the search term.  If you are not looking for results specific to you, click on the “See all results” link to be redirected to information not limited to just your personal search results.

Profiles in Search

The second change that you will notice is that personal profiles will appear in the results and autocomplete when you type in a name of a person in your circles on Google+.

Google search

When you select a predicted profile you will be shown results from that person’s Google+ profile and relevant results from the web.  However, because that person has a Google+ page, their Google+ results will outrank all other information related to them on the Internet.

People and Pages

The last major change that you will notice is the results for people and pages in the top-right of the browser for your search term.  For instance, if you type in “movies,” you will see a few Google+ profiles highlighted since they are related to “movies”.

Google search

This feature also allows you to quickly add these people to your circles.  As a result, this section will become vital for individuals and businesses to generate new traffic to their social profiles through Google.  With the People and Pages on Google+ results showing so prominently in the results, who wouldn’t want to be there?

How to De-activate Search plus Your World

Fortunately, if you do not like the changes that Google has made to the search feature when logged-in, you can opt-out of seeing personal results.  The first way to do this is with the convenient toggle that Google added to the top-right of your browser.

Google toggleWhen Search plus Your World is activated, the person icon will be darkened.  To view organic results without personalization, just click on the globe icon.

A second way to opt-out is to update your search settings.  You can do this by clicking the gear at the top-right of your browser and choosing “Search Settings” then under “Personal results” choose “Do not use personal results” and save your new settings.

Google settings

This will de-activate the personal results and profiles in search features, but the People and Pages on Google+ section is an addition to the results that will remain regardless of your settings or being logged into Google+.

What this Means for the Internet Marketer

With these changes being so significant, many of you Internet Marketers may wonder how they will affect you.  At this point, the extent to which Google’s Search plus Your World will affect Internet Marketing is still unknown, but one thing is certain; that it is time to focus on Google+ as a serious social engine.  So take all the posts you are sharing on Twitter and Facebook share them on Google+ too!

I mentioned earlier that the People and Pages on Google+ will be very important for individuals and businesses today.  This section now takes up a prominent place on the results page and appears above pay per click results, so it will most likely take some traffic away from organic and paid search results.  For example, look at the results for the term “seo.”

People and Pages

You will definitely want your page to show up on the People and Pages on Google+ section and Google provided some tips on how to accomplish this with the “Learn how you could appear here too” link.

In order to appear in this section, the first and most obvious step to take is to create a Google+ page.  Many people and businesses held out on creating Google+ pages because they figured their social media initiatives should be focused on Facebook and Twitter.  But they are now realizing how important Google+ pages are with Search plus Your World.

After creating a page, Google recommends adding a photo and filling your profile out completely.  Ensure that your Google+ page includes all the information for which you want to be ranked for.

Next, Google suggests sharing information on topics that are important to you.  The more content you provide related to the terms you want to rank for, the better you will rank for those terms.  Also, the content you shared will then be delivered to people who have added you to their circles when they search for similar queries.

Most importantly, make sure that you are getting added to circles!  All of your information will mean nothing if you don’t have people who are interested in it.  The more circles that you are in, the more likely it is that you will show up in the results for People and Places on Google+.  This is great for the early adopters of Google+, however many influential and relevant people did not embrace Google+ and will not appear in this section.   But not to worry, if you follow these steps to create a well optimized Google+ page you will be on your way to reaching out to the over 60 million users and growing on Google+.