6 Unique jQuery Plugins for Background Effects

Ever feel like the backgrounds of your web pages always end up being just a little bit boring? As a web developer, it can be hard to determine how to add some life into your backgrounds, and it can also be time consuming to write your own code to do so. If you're looking for a quick fix to spice up your projects, check out this curated list of 6 jQuery plugins that will add fun, free, and unique touches to the background of your pages.

1. Particleground

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Particleground is a really fun plugin that adds subdued yet animated moving particle systems to the background of any of your web pages. The particles have a light shade so as not to distract from your pages' content. The plugin comes with the option to enable the particles to move in correspondence with your cursor.

2. BgSwitcher

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This lightweight, easy to use plugin generates a slideshow of images to function as the background of a page. The slideshow flips through the images using smooth animated transitions. To see it in action, check out the demo.

3. Vide

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If you'd like to use a video as the background for your web pages, this plugin is an awesome option for doing so. It couldn't be easier to use and it's supported on all desktop browsers (there's no support for iOS, however, and a cover photo will be displayed when your page is viewed on an iOS device). You can customize volume, playback rate, if you want the video to be on a loop, and much more.

4. Adaptive Backgrounds

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Adaptive Backgrounds is a fun little plugin that chooses the background colors of your web pages or block-level elements based on the dominant colors of the images inside of them. Definitely a cool plugin to add to your projects or to just play around with!

5. Vegas Background Slideshow

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Another background slideshow plugin, this one includes a sort of Ken Burns effect applied to the images, and very nice and smooth fading transitions. Great for showcasing hi-res images.

6. Geometry Angle

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Geometry Angle is a plugin that adds a 3D shading effect to your backgrounds. The effect, while being 3D, is also animated, so it looks as though the shapes and shades are always slowly moving about your page.

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