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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city bridge at dusk

City Bridge At Dusk

lensball person walking down hallway

Lensball Person Walking Down Hallway

backlit wire roof

Backlit Wire Roof

clock tower in england

Clock Tower In England

wilting flowers in opposite corners

Wilting Flowers In Opposite Corners

green twigs on orange

Green Twigs On Orange

canyon sky

Canyon Sky

woman holding up mobile smart phone

Woman Holding Up Mobile Smart Phone

person walks in a open air courtyard

Person Walks In A Open Air Courtyard

colorful lines in a gradient

Colorful Lines In A Gradient

yellow platforms and shapes with a white summer sign

Yellow Platforms And Shapes With A White Summer Sign

2021 words in wooden tiles on pink

2021 Words In Wooden Tiles On Pink

ripe strawberry cut in half on a white surface

Ripe Strawberry Cut In Half On A White Surface

colorful candy eggs against a white background

Colorful Candy Eggs Against A White Background

wooden calendar sits on a white background

Wooden Calendar Sits On A White Background

earth written in dirt

Earth Written In Dirt

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

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

wind blowing cornfield

Wind Blowing Cornfield

desert mountain

Desert Mountain

purple summer blossom

Purple Summer Blossom

marbling of vibrant pink and purple colors

Marbling Of Vibrant Pink And Purple Colors

black chruch building blue skies

Black Chruch Building Blue Skies

fluffy clouds in a light blue sky on a clear summer day

Fluffy Clouds In A Light Blue Sky On A Clear Summer Day

close up texture of metal criss cross tread

Close Up Texture Of Metal Criss Cross Tread

man in stairwell

Man In Stairwell

blue terry cloth towel

Blue Terry Cloth Towel

grass by creek

Grass By Creek

modern shanghai, china

Modern Shanghai, China

morning coffee and photo album

Morning Coffee And Photo Album

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

black cellphone floats above pink background

Black Cellphone Floats Above Pink Background

queen street west

Queen Street West

bright green plant closeup

Bright Green Plant Closeup

The Last Rays Of Sunlight Disappear Behind Hills

The Last Rays Of Sunlight Disappear Behind Hills

fallen tree on hill with snow

Fallen Tree On Hill With Snow

small mirrorless camera on grey background

Small Mirrorless Camera On Grey Background

cubist style in urban housing

Cubist Style In Urban Housing

hands holding up a new! sign

Hands Holding Up A NEW! Sign

pink graffiti on wolf painting wall

Pink Graffiti On Wolf Painting Wall

white clouds in a soft blue sky on warm summer day

White Clouds In A Soft Blue Sky On Warm Summer Day

coffee spelled in beans

Coffee Spelled In Beans

wild hare found in a field

WIld Hare Found In A Field

fresh picked apples in basket

Fresh Picked Apples In Basket

two juicy orange slices against red background

Two Juicy Orange Slices Against Red Background

sea ocean waves on coast rocks

Sea Ocean Waves On Coast Rocks

wasp nest texture

Wasp Nest Texture

flat lay of colorful cereal

Flat Lay of Colorful Cereal

off center portrait of a vivid floral bouquet

Off Center Portrait Of A Vivid Floral Bouquet

striations in wood

Striations In Wood

close up stars and stripes

Close Up Stars And Stripes

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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.