If you're doing a background image for your site, one large image works fine. The actual part that is important to your design is usually no bigger than 1000px (give or take a little anyway), but if you've got gradients, sprites, etc on the sides of the image, then in order to make it look ok on big monitors (e.g. 27" iMacs) then you've got no choice but to make it much much wider and do this:
Originally Posted by Big O(1)
in your css.
background: url(image.jpg) center top no-repeat;
It's a standard technique and works very well.
Hardly anybody designs for for 800px width resolutions monitors any more.
Svidgen is absolutely correct, but to encompass the largest percentage of users as possible, go with 1920
Last edited by aj_nsc; 04-15-2011 at 12:03 PM.
I've switched careers...
I'm NO LONGER a scientist,
but now a web developer...