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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pastel moon

Pastel Moon

winter wheat close up

Winter Wheat Close Up

trees behind a bush

Trees Behind A Bush

hops plant on vine

Hops Plant On Vine

coffee beans in love heart shape

Coffee Beans In Love Heart Shape

red meadow and snow capped mountains

Red Meadow And Snow Capped Mountains

ripe strawberry cut in half on a white surface

Ripe Strawberry Cut In Half On A White Surface

ahand holding a cigarette on blue background

AHand Holding A Cigarette On Blue Background

small stack of indian rupee currency

Small Stack of Indian Rupee Currency

marsh cat tail plants

Marsh Cat Tail Plants

watery rice fields

Watery Rice Fields

dead leaves texture

Dead Leaves Texture

corner of a yellow buildings against. a blue sky

Corner Of A Yellow Buildings Against. A Blue Sky

tea is my love language

Tea Is My Love Language

abstract image of purple and blue marbling color

Abstract Image Of Purple And Blue Marbling Color

tall grasses by sandy beach

Tall Grasses By Sandy Beach

rocky shore drone photography

Rocky Shore Drone Photography

trumpet tamborine and flute instruments

Trumpet Tamborine And Flute Instruments

textured beach sands at sunset

Textured Beach Sands At Sunset

indian rupees texture background

Indian Rupees Texture Background

abstract photo of red marbling into white

Abstract Photo Of Red Marbling Into White

muddy trail beneath the trees

Muddy Trail Beneath The Trees

rainbow reaches for clouds over hills

Rainbow Reaches For Clouds Over Hills

top of violin on music sheets

Top Of Violin On Music Sheets

spread of rounded stones

Spread Of Rounded Stones

candyfloss wreaths ring a white flower

Candyfloss Wreaths Ring A White Flower

cane sugar fields under bright blue sky

Cane Sugar Fields Under Bright Blue Sky

vibrant blue clouded sky over hills

Vibrant Blue Clouded Sky Over Hills

sugar and spoons

Sugar And Spoons

close up on leaf in sun

Close Up On Leaf In Sun

black microphone set against a pink background

Black Microphone Set Against A Pink Background

pale cherry tree flowers

Pale Cherry Tree Flowers

apple orchard ready for the picking

Apple Orchard Ready For The Picking

night fireworks off bridge

Night Fireworks Off Bridge

black microphones pattern on a yellow background

Black Microphones Pattern On A Yellow Background

The Last Rays Of Sunlight Disappear Behind Hills

The Last Rays Of Sunlight Disappear Behind Hills

colorful lines in a gradient

Colorful Lines In A Gradient

basilica roof

Basilica Roof

racing track and field numbers

Racing Track And Field Numbers

flatlay of a red envelope with gold and red chocolates

Flatlay Of A Red Envelope With Gold And Red Chocolates

tennis ball

Tennis Ball

abstract white marble and a ladder

Abstract White Marble And A Ladder

lensball orange yellow purple lights

Lensball Orange Yellow Purple Lights

calm zen garden pond

Calm Zen Garden Pond

a black mounted metal microphone against red

A Black Mounted Metal Microphone Against Red

nature encased in ice

Nature Encased In Ice

bass guitar in hand

Bass Guitar In Hand

still lake with divingboard

Still Lake With Divingboard

warehouse wood rafters

Warehouse Wood Rafters

small rural building with windmill

Small Rural Building With Windmill

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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.