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.