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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a sharpened pencil with lead shavings

A Sharpened pencil with lead shavings

summer portrait of woman

Summer Portrait Of Woman

peaceful sunday morning with coffee and laptop

Peaceful Sunday Morning With Coffee And Laptop

dried grass

Dried Grass

grey scale foggy mountain

Grey Scale Foggy Mountain

lake water ripples

Lake Water Ripples

yellow wall with a section of exposed brick

Yellow Wall With A Section Of Exposed Brick

coffee beans laid on a pink background

Coffee Beans Laid On A Pink Background

moonrise over lake and mountains

Moonrise Over Lake And Mountains

colorful background with gold jewelry displayed on it

Colorful Background With Gold Jewelry Displayed On It

glassy iceland lake water reflects hillside

Glassy Iceland Lake Water Reflects Hillside

iceland hut in grassy hill

Iceland Hut In Grassy Hill

person in orange rides bike under bridge

Person In Orange Rides Bike Under Bridge

yellow flowers on picnic blanket

Yellow Flowers On Picnic Blanket

texture of old tree

Texture Of Old Tree

plant branch on a white background

Plant Branch On A White Background

a bubbling cloud of rich pink and yellow

A Bubbling Cloud Of Rich Pink And Yellow

photographer shooting sunrise

Photographer Shooting Sunrise

dark green foliage

Dark Green Foliage

curve of city building from below

Curve Of City Building From Below

vintage silver camera surrounded by foliage

Vintage Silver Camera Surrounded By Foliage

thin cloud pattern in sky

Thin Cloud Pattern In Sky

pastel colored ball point pens

Pastel Colored Ball Point Pens

skyscrapers at dusk in the city

Skyscrapers At Dusk In The City

a green triangle and an orange triangle on paper

A Green Triangle And An Orange Triangle On Paper

louvre courtyard paris france

Louvre Courtyard Paris France

snow and sunlight

Snow And Sunlight

telephone wires at sunset

Telephone Wires At Sunset

office windows pattern

Office Windows Pattern

hills of yarn

Hills Of Yarn

green leaves of summer bluish green

Green Leaves Of Summer Bluish Green

wood or rock?

Wood Or Rock?

blue and green background with silver jewelry

Blue And Green Background With Silver Jewelry

clear water glass reflecting on blue

Clear Water Glass Reflecting On Blue

minimal flower petals on white

Minimal Flower Petals On White

gold coins weaved onto red rope

Gold Coins Weaved Onto Red Rope

still lake in cottage country

Still Lake In Cottage Country

silver cornet instrument on sheet music

Silver Cornet Instrument On Sheet Music

bolivia salt flats

Bolivia Salt Flats

lake beside summer mountains rocky and green

Lake Beside Summer Mountains Rocky And Green

a silhouetted palm tree at sunset

A Silhouetted Palm Tree At Sunset

houseplant in white pot on minimalist background

Houseplant In White Pot On Minimalist Background

empire state top cloudy sky

Empire State Top Cloudy Sky

natural forest collapse

Natural Forest Collapse

a tangled movie reel catching sunlight

A Tangled Movie Reel Catching Sunlight

train tracks and dirt road on hillside

Train Tracks And Dirt Road On Hillside

lush green leaves grow in layers

Lush Green Leaves Grow In Layers

basketball court corner texture

Basketball Court Corner Texture

a long-stemmed white flower emits wispy pink waves of smoke

A Long-Stemmed White Flower Emits Wispy Pink Waves Of Smoke

curved rust colored natural walls

Curved Rust Colored Natural Walls

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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.