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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hands holding up a new! sign

Hands Holding Up A NEW! Sign


abstract image of colored paper in triangular shapes

Abstract Image Of Colored Paper In Triangular Shapes


desert mountain

Desert Mountain


white sled dog standing on snow throws its head back into a howl

White Sled Dog Standing On Snow Throws Its Head Back Into A Howl


pink graffiti on wolf painting wall

Pink Graffiti On Wolf Painting Wall


modern shanghai, china

Modern Shanghai, China


close up vivid flower arrangement in all colors

Close Up Vivid Flower Arrangement In All Colors


wasp nest texture

Wasp Nest Texture


shanghai oriental pearl

Shanghai Oriental Pearl


locks representing love on metal frame

Locks Representing Love On Metal Frame


wall of succulents

Wall Of Succulents


man on mobile walking

Man On Mobile Walking


fresh picked apples in basket

Fresh Picked Apples In Basket


ocean waves on rocks

Ocean Waves On Rocks


paris arc de triomphe aerial

Paris Arc De Triomphe Aerial


cold winter leaf

Cold Winter Leaf


winter sky and trees

Winter Sky And Trees


black and white knotted wood

Black And White Knotted Wood


close up stars and stripes

Close Up Stars And Stripes


sunset over mountain lake

Sunset Over Mountain Lake


flat lay of colorful cereal

Flat Lay of Colorful Cereal


bright pink blooms in garden

Bright Pink Blooms In Garden


sea ocean waves on coast rocks

Sea Ocean Waves On Coast Rocks


black and yellow ink cloud

Black And Yellow Ink Cloud


ornage tree bright fruit orchard

Ornage Tree Bright Fruit Orchard


mountain palm trees

Mountain Palm Trees


flowers on white marble table

Flowers On White Marble Table


yellow petals covered in yellow bokeh light

Yellow Petals Covered In Yellow Bokeh Light


chinese beef and veggie soup

Chinese Beef And Veggie Soup


bowl of blackberries

Bowl Of Blackberries


striations in wood

Striations In Wood


musicians amp dials

Musicians Amp Dials


antelope canyon arizona

Antelope Canyon Arizona


flatlay of colorful candy easter eggs

Flatlay Of Colorful Candy Easter Eggs


kite surfing waves

Kite Surfing Waves


airport waiting area seating

Airport Waiting Area Seating


man leans over piers edge

Man Leans Over Piers Edge


blue and pink background with earrings in a line

Blue And Pink Background With Earrings In A Line


classic american football

Classic American Football


oceanside cliffs

Oceanside Cliffs


2021 words in wooden tiles on pink

2021 Words In Wooden Tiles On Pink


worn wood texture close up

Worn Wood Texture Close Up


campervan under morning sunrise

Campervan Under Morning Sunrise


grand canyon usa background

Grand Canyon Usa Background


a pink and white letter board spells out "anti-social"

A Pink And White Letter Board Spells Out "Anti-Social"


cloudy blue sky through bright green leaves

Cloudy Blue Sky Through Bright Green Leaves


racing track and field lane numbers

Racing Track And Field Lane Numbers


water drops in fish pond

Water Drops In Fish Pond


abstract image of paper in pink and blue stripes

Abstract Image Of Paper In Pink And Blue Stripes


hiker peaks over rocky edge

Hiker Peaks Over Rocky Edge


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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.