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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vines take over brick home

Vines Take Over Brick Home


beach volleyball courts

Beach Volleyball Courts


mountains pyrenees

Mountains Pyrenees


lensball blue and orange lights

Lensball Blue And Orange Lights


green leaf stems against a blue background

Green Leaf Stems Against A Blue Background


green leaf texture close up

Green Leaf Texture Close Up


blue water red shore green land

Blue Water Red Shore Green Land


colorful autumn hike

Colorful Autumn Hike


desert plant wall

Desert Plant Wall


water kite adventure

Water Kite Adventure


silhouette of person standing on a cliff at sunset

Silhouette Of Person Standing On A Cliff At Sunset


purple spotted flowers

Purple Spotted Flowers


two-tone ink cloud

Two-Tone Ink Cloud


mountain views at sunrise

Mountain Views At Sunrise


small pumpkins and colorful corn

Small Pumpkins And Colorful Corn


ice cracks on a frozen sea

Ice Cracks On A Frozen Sea


foggy forest background

Foggy Forest Background


lisbon portugal at sunset

Lisbon Portugal At Sunset


rippling lake

Rippling Lake


wet green leaf texture

Wet Green Leaf Texture


view of lisbon hillside

View Of Lisbon Hillside


nature sky sunset

Nature Sky Sunset


rainbow pencil crayons

Rainbow Pencil Crayons


iceland hiking

Iceland Hiking


looking down stairwell

Looking Down Stairwell


birch trees in winter

Birch Trees In Winter


plants after rain

Plants After Rain


museum cuts into the sky

Museum Cuts Into The Sky


oceanside mountains in indonesia

Oceanside Mountains In Indonesia


earth day written in dirt

Earth Day Written In Dirt


blue and gold sunset sky

Blue And Gold Sunset Sky


pink paper is ripped revealing blue underneath

Pink Paper Is Ripped Revealing Blue Underneath


clusters of cherry blossoms against blue sky in spring

Clusters Of Cherry Blossoms Against Blue Sky In Spring


orange vertical lines

Orange Vertical Lines


modern light with pipe base

Modern Light With Pipe Base


colored pencils close up

Colored Pencils Close Up


a few drops of pink and yellow trail colour in water

A Few Drops Of Pink And Yellow Trail Colour In Water


bench overlooking farm field and oncoming storm

Bench Overlooking Farm Field And Oncoming Storm


sunset over lisbon portugal

Sunset Over Lisbon Portugal


dried leaves on branches and paper background

Dried Leaves On Branches And Paper Background


three green leaves

Three Green Leaves


edison bulbs and blurred lights

Edison Bulbs And Blurred Lights


new york three bridges

New York Three Bridges


summer portrait of woman

Summer Portrait Of Woman


skater at skatepark with film grain

Skater At Skatepark With Film Grain


natural pillars in ocean

Natural Pillars In Ocean


the fine petals of a flower bubble pink smoke

The Fine Petals Of A Flower Bubble Pink Smoke


a sharpened pencil with lead shavings

A Sharpened pencil with lead shavings


dried grass

Dried Grass


lake water ripples

Lake Water Ripples


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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.