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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bolivia salt flats

Bolivia Salt Flats

basketball court corner texture

Basketball Court Corner Texture

tiny green leaves up close

Tiny Green Leaves Up Close

lush green leaves grow in layers

Lush Green Leaves Grow In Layers

train tracks and dirt road on hillside

Train Tracks And Dirt Road On Hillside

bright sun on beer

Bright Sun On Beer

empire state top cloudy sky

Empire State Top Cloudy Sky

hiking with a compass near waterfalls

Hiking With A Compass Near Waterfalls

monochrome butterfly on hand

Monochrome Butterfly On Hand

minimalist red and green houseplant on grey background

Minimalist Red And Green Houseplant On Grey Background

narrow waterfall into tropical pool

Narrow Waterfall Into Tropical Pool

mountain in iceland

Mountain In Iceland

blueberries on linen

Blueberries On Linen

jagged mountain peaks above lush forest below

Jagged Mountain Peaks Above Lush Forest Below

maroon sofa texture background

Maroon Sofa Texture Background

patio drinks on sunny day

Patio Drinks On Sunny Day

blooming red flowers on bush

Blooming Red Flowers On Bush

surfing with kite

Surfing With Kite

hand holding a mushroom

Hand Holding A Mushroom

urban freeway with sun flare

Urban Freeway With Sun Flare

blurry truck passes on highway

Blurry Truck Passes On Highway

tree lined rural road

Tree Lined Rural Road

adveturer legs dangle over canyon edge

Adveturer Legs Dangle Over Canyon Edge

city view binoculars

City View Binoculars

wooden board walk through reeds

Wooden Board Walk Through Reeds

home interior meets garden exterior

Home Interior Meets Garden Exterior

palm trees along boardwalk at sunset

Palm Trees Along Boardwalk At Sunset

birds eye view of rows of shipping containers

Birds Eye View Of Rows Of Shipping Containers

colored pencils piled up on a black background

Colored Pencils Piled Up On A Black Background

diamond and pearl crown tiara

Diamond And Pearl Crown Tiara

train station window

Train Station Window

colored tile design

Colored Tile Design

reykjavik iceland clock tower

Reykjavik Iceland Clock Tower

zen garden stone steps

Zen Garden Stone Steps

white bark trees

White Bark Trees

church ceiling art

Church Ceiling Art

orange ink in water

Orange Ink In Water

campground spiders web

Campground Spiders Web

trees at sunset through lens ball

Trees At Sunset Through Lens Ball

small white flowers in a bunch

Small White Flowers In A Bunch

football close up

Football Close Up

autumn on rolling hills with bike path

Autumn On Rolling Hills With Bike Path

red light streaks above rail tracks

Red Light Streaks Above Rail Tracks

barrels aging in winery

Barrels Aging In Winery

winter birch forest

Winter Birch Forest

a single cactus on a blue background

A Single Cactus On A Blue Background

yellow petals covered in yellow bokeh light

Yellow Petals Covered In Yellow Bokeh Light

rain drops illuminated by colors on window

Rain Drops Illuminated By Colors On Window

purple foxgloves

Purple Foxgloves

close up vivid flower arrangement in all colors

Close Up Vivid Flower Arrangement In All Colors

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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.