1000+ HD Background Images and Photos

Browse through our collection of stunning background photographs. Our background images are textured, patterned and arranged to perfectly support the content that you choose to add to your website.

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waterfall through rock face

Waterfall Through Rock Face

cluster of leaves

Cluster of Leaves

reflective water texture

Reflective Water Texture

zen garden peace stone

Zen Garden Peace Stone

ireland grass field

Ireland Grass Field

purple flower petals close up

Purple Flower Petals Close Up

black yellow and red ink

Black Yellow And Red Ink

rapids & forest

Rapids & Forest

un-ending new york skyline

Un-Ending New York Skyline

stylish tennis player on outdoor court

Stylish Tennis Player On Outdoor Court

ukulele on blue background

Ukulele On Blue Background

sunbeams streak through forrest trees

Sunbeams Streak Through Forrest Trees

purple ink cloud

Purple Ink Cloud

a drop of pink and yellow paint in water

A Drop Of Pink And Yellow Paint In Water

glacier water winding through landscape

Glacier Water Winding Through Landscape

deconstructed fortune cookie

Deconstructed Fortune Cookie

delicate pink flowers with yellow leaves

Delicate Pink Flowers With Yellow Leaves

four buildings from below small clouds

Four Buildings From Below Small Clouds

yay balloons

Yay Balloons

ireland grasslands

Ireland Grasslands

curvy shoreline with gravel path

Curvy Shoreline With Gravel Path

fuchsia white blossoming flowers

Fuchsia White Blossoming Flowers

abandoned home in field

Abandoned Home In Field

resting by galcier waterfall

Resting By Galcier Waterfall

bursting fireworks

Bursting Fireworks

silhouette of person standing on a cliff at sunset

Silhouette Of Person Standing On A Cliff At Sunset

buttons top frame

Buttons Top Frame

bank of india paper notes

Bank Of India Paper Notes

city by mountain

City By Mountain

purple orchid closeup

Purple Orchid Closeup

woodgrain background with chinese animals

Woodgrain Background With Chinese Animals

green cliffs viewing

Green Cliffs Viewing

empty subway train car.jpeg

Empty Subway Train Car

bright red and yellow summer flowers

Bright Red And Yellow Summer Flowers

dead end in the forest

Dead End In The Forest

flower petals huddled together near a candle

Flower Petals Huddled Together Near a Candle

bamboo wall background

Bamboo Wall Background

lemonade on white woodgrain table

Lemonade On White Woodgrain Table

forest wildflowers

Forest Wildflowers

bike & vines

Bike & Vines

kayaks on racks under blue sky.jpeg

Kayaks On Racks Under Blue Sky

bright purple ink drop on white

Bright Purple Ink Drop On White

colorful kites for surfing

Colorful Kites For Surfing

coffee beans on branch

Coffee Beans On Branch

aerial two rows of docked sailboats

Aerial Two Rows Of Docked Sailboats

extremely long desert road

Extremely Long Desert Road

apples in fruit basket close up

Apples In Fruit Basket Close Up

rushing waterfall in iceland

Rushing Waterfall In Iceland

tropical plant in front of white boards

Tropical Plant In Front Of White Boards

blue red pink and yellow paper fanned out

Blue Red Pink And Yellow Paper Fanned Out

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Stunning HD background photos for commercial use

What makes background pictures different?

Background photographs are used very differently that regular images for a number of reasons. When selecting a background image - there are specialized criteria to keep in mind. For starters - background pictures won’t fit into a fixed frame they way other photographs would. When a photo is locked into an article or block of text or shown as part of an advertisement - the dimensions are fixed - meaning that selecting a suitable photo really just comes down to aesthetics.

With background images - things work a little differently. To start, backgrounds are not likely to be in a fixed frame and will need to be equally beautiful when viewed on a large fullscreen, widescreen, or a mobile phone screen. It’s for this reason that web developers will often choose an images of a pattern - so that parts of the it can be cut off by web-browsers and other content that may vary in size and shape without looking like the image is misplaced.

If you’re not using a pattern, you’ll want to make sure the image isn’t too focused. Images with a clear subject don't work as well as background images because parts of the subject may be covered.

You may also choose to use background images to create a parallax scrolling effect. Parallax scrolling has been proven to create a better user experience for web users. This is where a web designer or developer might choose to add content in front of a background images that scrolls faster than the background image itself. This effect is used on web-pages to give the illusion of depth to the page and to create a more dynamic viewing experience.

Images used in parallax scrolling tend to be a little bit different from regular background images. They can be patterns and textures as well - but because portions of the image will scroll by at some point, the images can be a bit more focused - as long as the focus is toward the centre of the image.

Remember that background images take a supporting role in web-page design, so it’s best if they’re simple, clean and patterned. Even if the pattern isn’t design-oriented, you’ll want to go with images without a single, clear subject. Photograph-wise, images like city scapes, landscapes, or large images of busy locations with many subjects tend to look best.

Background images for commercial use

Luckily when it comes to getting the perfect background photo - we’ve got your covered. Our collection of HD photos are perfect for editing and can be used as widescreen backgrounds, full screen backgrounds, and desktop backgrounds and will look equally stunning on both Windows and Mac computers at any size (1600 x 1200, 1440, 1280, 1920).

Take a look at our free, downloadable high resolution images - perfect for your next project.