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    I'm trying a few different backgrounds for a wordpress site but I'm having a few problems.

    My first problem: I made a custom background 150x150px in Photoshop. The idea was to use a grayscale pattern and add a color in the WP background panel. So I uploaded the pattern and chose a color but it didn't work. I also tried to add code into the style.css but that also didnt work. Is there any way to add a background pattern and choose a color to lay over it?

    My second problem is that again, I made a pattern in Photoshop and added color this time. but I don't want it to be tiled. I just want it to be a very subtle background but it doesn't seem to spread across the page. You can only choose left, right, or center. I changed the dimensions in Photoshop and made it bigger but when I uploaded it the pattern lost definition. But it worked. Is there any way that I can make this work?

    Is there something totally obvious here that I'm missing?

    BTW, I'm building child themes over the twentyeleven theme.

    Any help greatly appreciated, as always!

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    Turns out that there is a "simple full screen background" plugin you can install. I installed it and it's working fine. I just find it frustrating that anytime you want to customize something you have to install a plugin. I'm not sure that's a good thing or a bad thing especially for someone who's actually trying to learn PHP, CSS, etc!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alanna Baxter, post: 230819
    I'm trying a few different backgrounds for a wordpress site but I'm having a few problems.

    My first problem: I made a custom background 150x150px in Photoshop. The idea was to use a grayscale pattern and add a color in the WP background panel. So I uploaded the pattern and chose a color but it didn't work. I also tried to add code into the style.css but that also didnt work. Is there any way to add a background pattern and choose a color to lay over it?

    My second problem is that again, I made a pattern in Photoshop and added color this time. but I don't want it to be tiled. I just want it to be a very subtle background but it doesn't seem to spread across the page. You can only choose left, right, or center. I changed the dimensions in Photoshop and made it bigger but when I uploaded it the pattern lost definition. But it worked. Is there any way that I can make this work?

    Is there something totally obvious here that I'm missing?

    BTW, I'm building child themes over the twentyeleven theme.

    Any help greatly appreciated, as always!
    A couple of observations:
    • If you are altering the CSS, where are you doing it? In the CSS of the child theme, or the CSS for the actual twenty-eleven? Remeber that whatever CSS you write for the child theme will overwrite that of the twenty-eleven theme, so any changes should be made in the child theme.
    • You say you have a 150 x 150 px image that you want to use as a background but you don't want it to tile - if you don't tile (or repeat in some way) an image of that size you will only get the actual image showing - that is, you will only get an area of 150 X 150 covered, whether it be left, right, or centre.

    Quote Originally Posted by Alanna Baxter, post: 230903
    Turns out that there is a "simple full screen background" plugin you can install. I installed it and it's working fine. I just find it frustrating that anytime you want to customize something you have to install a plugin. I'm not sure that's a good thing or a bad thing especially for someone who's actually trying to learn PHP, CSS, etc!!
    Actually, you don't always have to add a plugin - it depends a lot on what theme you are using.

    Would you post a link to the site? I don't use twenty-eleven much myself but I do use WP a lot (I have one basic theme that I made, and build my child themes on that) and can maybe help out if I can see what you're doing. Plus I'd just like to see the site; I'm always interested to see what other folks are doing with WP.
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    I understand what you mean about the tiling effect. What I had originally tried to do was to make a transparent pattern using Photoshop, upload it and simply try out different colors in CSS but that didn't work at all. Eventually I made a fabric type pattern, gave it some color and used that instead. I had to make the image size about 1200 x 1000 px I think. I have been making these changes in the child theme CSS.

    I should have the site up by the end of the week and will post a link then. Right now I'm running it through WAMP locally.

    Thanks, AlphaMare!


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