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Great Beach Backgrounds to Use in DTP Designs

written by: Michael Guerrero•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 11/17/2010

Beaches are some of the coolest (or hottest, depending on how you view the world) places in the world. Sun, sand, and sea combined in such a way that is both awe-inspiring and relaxing. I can't think of a single person who doesn't like at least one beach in the world.

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    Long Walks On The Beaches

    Beach sand. Often found at the beach. So, you're one of the many that likes long walks on the beaches, strawberries, and peaches and you want your desktop publishing project to reflect that. Awesome! Beaches are fantastic back drops to invitations, thoughtful cards, or CD covers. It wasn't very hard to find at least one fantastic beach from each continent so I picked out about 10 favorites so, please enjoy and I hope you have fun using these backgrounds!

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    Africa - Clifton Cape Town, South Africa

    Clifton Beach Maybe it's just the fact that the photography is a little aged looking or just the beach itself, something about this beach background resonates with me. It's a nice looking beach and not flooded with people like you might see at the more popular beaches of California and Florida. Quiet, quaint. Tropical, but not overtly so.

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    North America - Big Sur, California, United States

    Big Sur Northface Not all beaches are sand and are accented by really amazing landforms that border the sea. Hills, trees, and beautiful grass contrasted by a choppy, but blue and calming sea are what makes this particular beach background amazing to look at.

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    North America - Akumal, Mexico

    Sunrise Akumal I have actually had the pleasure to stand on this beach when I could really take it in and appreciate it's natural beauty. The sand is white, the ocean is clear, and it just makes for an incredible place to visit and view. This picture in particular is stunning given how amazing the sun rise looks on the the reflection of the water and how contrasted the sand is to the water. This would be a great background to a CD cover.

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    North America - Lake Erie, Pennsylvania, United States

    Presque Isle Beach Another beach I've stood on and visit from time to time. Presque Isle is an interesting and lovely place. It mimics a California sort of style but is about as far north as you can get without being in Canada and it shows in the trees that border right up against the beach. The beach itself is beautiful and well-kept. It's great for those looking for a purely natural and organic picture from free beach backgrounds.

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    South America - Taipus de Fora, Maraú, Bahia

    Taipus de Fora The coolness in this picture really makes it. It creates a nice shady feeling when the sun is beating down on a lovely tropical day. Looking for a more relaxing beach scene, rather than a pretty aerial shot? This is your image.

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    Asia - Tamori Beach, Amami, Kagoshima, Japan

    Tomori-Kaigan This is a crazy looking shot of this beach. Green beach with an unusual blue ocean and amazingly vivid sky? You really can't go wrong with this beach background, especially if you're looking for something new and exciting to use rather than the standard golden sands and palm trees we've all grown accustomed to.

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    Asia - Havelock Radhanagar, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India

    Havelock Radhanagar More towards your traditional beach scene without looking too familiar. The beaches of Andaman and Nicobar Islands are stunning and I'm sure they'll find their way into your project in some way or another.

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    Australia - White Heaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, Queensland Australia

    White Heaven Beach The picture pretty much explains itself. It's incredibly beautiful, ethereal, otherwordly. It's like beach I've seen in person or in pictures really and would provide a really unique look and feel to your project as it serves as a backdrop.

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    Europe - Etretat, France

    Etretat Beach This is a great aerial shot of a beautiful beach in France. The mountain ranges behind the beach create a unique look and feel to the whole picture. Since the resolution of this picture is taller than wider I imagine it would look as more of a back drop to things like cards rather than posters (unless you like vertical posters, don't want to discriminate).

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    Europe - Arrecifes, Magdalena, Colombia

    Arrecifes Rounding up these pictures is a more unkempt beach but not polluted. It's naturally felled trees and driftwood as well as the various debris from nearby foliage really adds to the overall picture, making it a fantastic free beach background.

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