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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red paper curves to make an abstract gradient

Red Paper Curves To Make An Abstract Gradient

trumpet tamborine and flute instruments

Trumpet Tamborine And Flute Instruments

candyfloss wreaths ring a white flower

Candyfloss Wreaths Ring A White Flower

bison wildlife adventure

Bison Wildlife Adventure

top of violin on music sheets

Top Of Violin On Music Sheets

tall grasses by sandy beach

Tall Grasses By Sandy Beach

abstract white marble and a ladder

Abstract White Marble And A Ladder

indian rupees texture background

Indian Rupees Texture Background

marsh cat tail plants

Marsh Cat Tail Plants

rocky shore drone photography

Rocky Shore Drone Photography

rainbow reaches for clouds over hills

Rainbow Reaches For Clouds Over Hills

texture of brown hay and other grasses

Texture Of Brown Hay And Other Grasses

close up on leaf in sun

Close Up On Leaf In Sun

red fabric illuminated by the sun

Red Fabric Illuminated By The Sun

apple orchard ready for the picking

Apple Orchard Ready For The Picking

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

colored pencils lines up on a black background

Colored Pencils Lines Up On A Black Background

yellow wall with lines and a white sign saying summer

Yellow Wall With Lines And A White Sign Saying Summer

novel lays open on dark blue linen fabric

Novel Lays Open On Dark Blue Linen Fabric

money pattern

Money Pattern

hand grips a black microphone against red background

Hand Grips A Black Microphone Against Red Background

sumac tree against a clear blue sky

Sumac Tree Against A Clear Blue Sky

painted lanterns illuminating a room

Painted Lanterns Illuminating A Room

circular metal structure against a blue sky

Circular Metal Structure Against A Blue Sky

Quiet Wooden Farm With Low Clouds

Quiet Wooden Farm With Low Clouds

tennis ball

Tennis Ball

pale cherry tree flowers

Pale Cherry Tree Flowers

lensball orange yellow purple lights

Lensball Orange Yellow Purple Lights

night fireworks off bridge

Night Fireworks Off Bridge

lined cell phones floating above orange rocks

Lined Cell Phones Floating Above Orange Rocks

rust colored track curved and reflects in window

Rust Colored Track Curved And Reflects In Window

film reel taggled against a white background

Film Reel Taggled Against A White Background

bass guitar in hand

Bass Guitar In Hand

black microphone on a metal stand against deep red

Black Microphone On A Metal Stand Against Deep Red

edison bulbs illuminating the festival of lights

Edison Bulbs Illuminating The Festival Of LIghts

calm zen garden pond

Calm Zen Garden Pond

open plan mid century modern apartment

Open Plan Mid Century Modern Apartment

pink petals with water droplets close up

Pink Petals With Water Droplets Close Up

racing track and field numbers

Racing Track And Field Numbers

mobile gimbal floating on grey background

Mobile Gimbal Floating On Grey Background

film reel catches light tangled on a white surface

Film Reel Catches Light Tangled On A White Surface

still lake with divingboard

Still Lake With Divingboard

white flowing sheet outdoors with a wooden stool in front of it

White Flowing Sheet Outdoors With A Wooden Stool In Front Of It

nature encased in ice

Nature Encased In Ice

pink flowers blooming on a spring day in the city

Pink Flowers Blooming On A Spring Day In The City

basilica roof

Basilica Roof

warehouse wood rafters

Warehouse Wood Rafters

person sits and takes in the rocky mountain view

Person Sits And Takes In The Rocky Mountain View

repeat pattern of a toy turtle on a blue background

Repeat Pattern Of A Toy Turtle On A Blue 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.