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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lucky rock with clover

Lucky Rock With Clover

slices of homemade pizza with olives on a green plate

Slices Of Homemade Pizza With Olives On A Green Plate

half blue and half pink photo with earrings lined up

Half Blue And Half Pink Photo With Earrings Lined Up

wood shoe forms hang

Wood Shoe Forms Hang

buttons corner frame

Buttons Corner Frame

hillside plantlife

Hillside Plantlife

vines overgrow aging black doors

Vines Overgrow Aging Black Doors

queen street sign

Queen Street Sign

pink buds on cherry tree branches

Pink Buds On Cherry Tree Branches

portrait of urban cyclist

Portrait Of Urban Cyclist

lush green on rocky hills near ocean

Lush Green On Rocky Hills Near Ocean

silhouettes of people at the top of a sand dune

Silhouettes Of People At The Top Of A Sand Dune

some beautifully packaged macarons

Some Beautifully Packaged Macarons

sports field painted line

Sports Field Painted Line

hands holding a sketchbook with '15% off'

Hands Holding A Sketchbook With '15% Off'

plant wall on angle

Plant Wall On Angle

boat in ocean indonesia

Boat In Ocean Indonesia

red apples ripe on tree

Red Apples Ripe On Tree

dark image of a plants leaves with yellow spots

Dark Image Of A Plants Leaves With Yellow Spots

bowl of red apples

Bowl Of Red Apples

office building window patterns

Office Building Window Patterns

row of four orchid blossoms

Row Of Four Orchid Blossoms

red meadow and snow capped mountains

Red Meadow And Snow Capped Mountains

christmas holiday festive decor

Christmas Holiday Festive Decor

a cloud of pink paint in water

A Cloud Of Pink Paint In Water

small stack of indian rupee currency

Small Stack of Indian Rupee Currency

urban city homes above

Urban City Homes Above

red and gold squares hang from the ceiling

Red And Gold Squares Hang From The Ceiling

fall golden leaves

Fall Golden Leaves

sharp colored pencils lined up in a row

Sharp Colored Pencils Lined Up In A Row

textured beach sands at sunset

Textured Beach Sands At Sunset

pink and red marbling abstract view

Pink And Red Marbling Abstract View

trees behind a bush

Trees Behind A Bush

blank wood frame chalkboard hangs on a blue wall

Blank Wood Frame Chalkboard Hangs On A Blue Wall

textural delicate spring blush blossoms and crimson leaves

Textural Delicate Spring Blush Blossoms And Crimson Leaves

pastel moon

Pastel Moon

a film reel lays flat catching the sunlight

A Film Reel Lays Flat Catching The Sunlight

green pink succulent

Green Pink Succulent

winter wheat close up

Winter Wheat Close Up

dead leaves texture

Dead Leaves Texture

handcrafted goodness sign on stone

Handcrafted Goodness Sign On Stone

relaxing at sunset

Relaxing At Sunset

hops plant on vine

Hops Plant On Vine

watery rice fields

Watery Rice Fields

trumpet tamborine and flute instruments

Trumpet Tamborine And Flute Instruments

clothes pins against a bright blue sky

Clothes Pins Against A Bright Blue Sky

sugar and spoons

Sugar And Spoons

spread of rounded stones

Spread Of Rounded Stones

bison wildlife adventure

Bison Wildlife Adventure

no parking sign on textured background

No Parking SIgn On Textured Background

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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.