http://www.solobeauty.co.uk/images/back2.gif is 1600 pixels x 1400 which is repeated along the x axis (horizontally).
From the CSS: http://www.solobeauty.co.uk/style.css
font-family:Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
Doesn't fit exactly on my monitor at 1680w x 1050w pixels.
Thanks for the response. Does this mean that you have a scroll bar at the bottom of your screen? It does seem odd that people want such a background when it doesn't universally fit exactly across all screen sizes.
No horizontal scrollbar at the bottom since it's a background image.
It's probably been designed on a lower resolution monitor. Will have the desired effect on those.
That's even stranger. Why would someone want a background image that goes off the screen? That site was designed by a professional web design company. Can't be that 'professional' then lol.
The fact that they tiled the background is a little weird, but having it "go off the screen" on some resolutions is a pretty common (and smart) approach.
This background for example: http://www.barackobama.com/images/bgv5.jpg is 1300+ pixels wide. On a 1024px wide display portions of it won't be viewable to the user. For people with displays wider than 1300px it will automatically sit in the center of their screen. 1024 and 1280 makes up a pretty significant precentage of users, so it's a smart move in most cases.
there are ways to fit a background image to screen without the repeat-method. I do this on my site, as my background image is not "repeat-able" - let me know if you'd like me to explain. I have 2 templates for my site that use 2 different methods. A lot of this is just playing around and seeing what works for your situation.
this is method #2 - http://forums.adobe.com/thread/585854?tstart=0 - I posted the question in the forum but figured it out before anyone could answer, so It's just 3 of my own responses outlining how I solved it, lol.. This is for a background image - fit to screen vertically, so it hangs off horizontally appearing to fill the whole screen, and it always remains centered.
The 1st method keeps the image aligned to the right or left..