FAQ: Sizing Elements - Scaling Background Images

This community-built FAQ covers the “Scaling Background Images” exercise from the lesson “Sizing Elements”.

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3 posts were split to a new topic: Don’t see any change to the background image when I add background-size: cover

In the ‘Scaling Background Images’ portion of the “Learn Responsive Design” lesson found here, the lesson teaches about setting the CSS property background-size to cover. It explains that this will cause the image to fill the entire background of the element all while keeping its aspect ratio. It also says that if the image is bigger than the element, part of the image will be cut off. What would happen if the image were smaller than the element? Would it be stretch (proportionately) to fill the element and look pixelated or would it just be displayed at its full size but not fill the entire background?


From the MDN docs,

cover Scales the image as large as possible to fill the container, stretching the image if necessary

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