How To: Find Backgrounds for Flyers
The best place to start when making a flyer is the background, so follow these five steps to background-choosing perfection!

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Task: Design a flyer. Roadblock: Where to start? Answer: The background.

But how or where do you find one? If you need a background for your flyer but don’t know how to find one, here are some suggestions of places you need to visit if you are looking for a cool background.


Micro stock sites are very popular right now, as they offer photos in different formats and resolutions for very convenient prices. Most of them also have a free stock area and frequent users can buy a subscription to save money.

These are some of the best-known services: Fotolia, Dreamstime, ShutterStock, BigStockPhoto. Use the search feature to look for the background.

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Flickr is one of the largest photography communities on the Web. Check its Creative Commons section to find images you can use for free in both personal and commercial projects.

Remember Creative Commons are subject to attribution rules. Some Creative Commons licenses are not for commercial projects. Depending on your requirements, this may not be what you are looking for.

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DeviantART is another community where you will be able to find a huge selection of backgrounds for your flyer.

Many members offer stock backgrounds for free in the Resources section or link to external sites where you will be able to download them for very cheap rates, helping the artist to make a few bucks to keep on providing quality material. Some artists just ask for a credit and a notification in return for their efforts.

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If the above didn’t quite do it for you, you can still try more online sites. Morguefile, Freerange Stock, and Image After offer 100 percent free stock photos you can use in your projects as you like.

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Stock sites don’t always have the right image you are looking for. If your needs are very specific, you can do as the professionals and take the photo of the background yourself.

Use a camera capable of delivering high-resolution images. If you can, use a tripod. If you can’t, steady the camera on a stable surface to avoid motion blur.

Select the camera’s native ISO to minimize digital noise, and choose the best time of the day to take the photo.

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There are so many useful resources around that you won’t have any trouble finding the background that fits your needs. You just need patience, creativity, and the capacity to know from the start what you are looking for. Stay focused and good luck!

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4 Comments

  1. Great TipS! I have done a few flyer designs, creating the background myself from images i had or designed, but if you can find one already prepared online that is a great way to go. 🙂

    • Kristi Maddox (Printaholic.com)

      Completely agree, trader_jose. It’s surprising just how many awesome, free background designs are out there!

  2. This was helpful thx