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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colorful kites for surfing

Colorful Kites For Surfing

aerial two rows of docked sailboats

Aerial Two Rows Of Docked Sailboats

ice cracks on a frozen sea

Ice Cracks On A Frozen Sea

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

vines take over brick home

Vines Take Over Brick Home

mountains pyrenees

Mountains Pyrenees

happy halloween with confetti

Happy Halloween With Confetti

lensball blue and orange lights

Lensball Blue And Orange Lights

green leaf texture close up

Green Leaf Texture Close Up

beach volleyball courts

Beach Volleyball Courts

colorful autumn hike

Colorful Autumn Hike

gold pocket watch on a black notebook

Gold Pocket Watch On A Black Notebook

blue water red shore green land

Blue Water Red Shore Green Land

museum cuts into the sky

Museum Cuts Into The Sky

desert plant wall

Desert Plant Wall

water kite adventure

Water Kite Adventure

foggy forest background

Foggy Forest Background

purple spotted flowers

Purple Spotted Flowers

mountain views at sunrise

Mountain Views At Sunrise

skater at skatepark with film grain

Skater At Skatepark With Film Grain

yellow wall with a section of exposed brick

Yellow Wall With A Section Of Exposed Brick

small pumpkins and colorful corn

Small Pumpkins And Colorful Corn

wet green leaf texture

Wet Green Leaf Texture

nature sky sunset

Nature Sky Sunset

last rays of sun in the city

Last Rays Of Sun in The City

rippling lake

Rippling Lake

view of lisbon hillside

View Of Lisbon Hillside

lisbon portugal at sunset

Lisbon Portugal At Sunset

rainbow pencil crayons

Rainbow Pencil Crayons

plants after rain

Plants After Rain

a few drops of pink and yellow trail colour in water

A Few Drops Of Pink And Yellow Trail Colour In Water

blue and gold sunset sky

Blue And Gold Sunset Sky

birch trees in winter

Birch Trees In Winter

iceland hiking

Iceland Hiking

looking down stairwell

Looking Down Stairwell

clusters of cherry blossoms against blue sky in spring

Clusters Of Cherry Blossoms Against Blue Sky In Spring

oceanside mountains in indonesia

Oceanside Mountains In Indonesia

sunset over lisbon portugal

Sunset Over Lisbon Portugal

coffee beans laid on a pink background

Coffee Beans Laid On A Pink Background

orange vertical lines

Orange Vertical Lines

earth day written in dirt

Earth Day Written In Dirt

three green leaves

Three Green Leaves

nature in green and blue

Nature In Green And Blue

modern light with pipe base

Modern Light With Pipe Base

colored pencils close up

Colored Pencils Close Up

colorful background with gold jewelry displayed on it

Colorful Background With Gold Jewelry Displayed On It

dried leaves on branches and paper background

Dried Leaves On Branches And Paper Background

peaceful sunday morning with coffee and laptop

Peaceful Sunday Morning With Coffee And Laptop

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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.