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.