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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abstract image of paper in pink and blue stripes

Abstract Image Of Paper In Pink And Blue Stripes

big marble alcove with flowerly inlay

Big Marble Alcove With Flowerly Inlay

red light streaks above rail tracks

Red Light Streaks Above Rail Tracks

a single cactus on a blue background

A Single Cactus On A Blue Background

barrels aging in winery

Barrels Aging In Winery

worn wood texture close up

Worn Wood Texture Close Up

hand holding red colored pencil on blue background

Hand Holding Red Colored Pencil On Blue Background

artificial plant in white pot

Artificial Plant In White Pot

shanghai oriental pearl

Shanghai Oriental Pearl

lensball blue and purple lights

Lensball Blue And Purple Lights

corner of a yellow buildings against. a blue sky

Corner Of A Yellow Buildings Against. A Blue Sky

purple foxgloves

Purple Foxgloves

rainbow of pencils

Rainbow Of Pencils

perfect reflection of mountain in water

Perfect Reflection Of Mountain In Water

flatlay of colorful candy easter eggs

Flatlay Of Colorful Candy Easter Eggs

clouds over iceland field

Clouds Over Iceland Field

mountainside forest camp ground

Mountainside Forest Camp Ground

hands holding a sketchbook with '50% off'

Hands Holding A Sketchbook With '50% Off'

beautiful cat sticking its tongue out

Beautiful Cat Sticking Its Tongue Out

grimey red metal door texture

Grimey Red Metal Door Texture

red and purple abstract ink clouds

Red And Purple Abstract Ink Clouds

corner lines at track

Corner Lines At Track

blue and pink background with earrings in a line

Blue And Pink Background With Earrings In A Line

shipping containers as seen from above

Shipping Containers As Seen From Above

abstract image of lime green and pink marbling

Abstract Image Of Lime Green And Pink Marbling

sun setting over city

Sun Setting Over City

microphone on stand left of frame against blue

Microphone On Stand Left Of Frame Against Blue

forest and waterfall

Forest And Waterfall

celebration cake on pink surface

Celebration Cake On Pink Surface

blades of tall arching lush green grass

Blades Of Tall Arching Lush Green Grass

pink flamingo legs and feathers

Pink Flamingo Legs And Feathers

green leaves of lush green plants

Green Leaves Of Lush Green Plants

tiny kitten stands on a bed

Tiny Kitten Stands On A Bed

waterfall over rocky cliff's edge

Waterfall Over Rocky Cliff's Edge

glowing under water plant texture

Glowing Under Water Plant Texture

black and yellow ink streams upwards

Black And Yellow Ink Streams Upwards

delicate orange flowers

Delicate Orange Flowers

ripe pineapple sits against a blue background

Ripe Pineapple Sits Against A Blue Background

silver keyboard on blue background

Silver Keyboard On Blue Background

hiker on cliff by waterfall

Hiker On Cliff By Waterfall

coffee written with beans

Coffee Written With Beans

half pink half blue background with stud earrings in a row

Half Pink Half Blue Background With Stud Earrings In A Row

three christmas candles lit

Three Christmas Candles Lit

half blue half green background with earrings and a ring

Half Blue Half Green Background With Earrings And A Ring

sandy beach and person oceanside

Sandy Beach And Person Oceanside

tents surround boardwalk by mountains

Tents Surround Boardwalk By Mountains

black and yellow ink with red drop

Black And Yellow Ink With Red Drop

arial view of shipping containers

Arial View Of Shipping Containers

black and white knotted wood

Black And White Knotted Wood

college clock tower

College Clock Tower

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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.