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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urban grafitti viewed on angle

Urban Grafitti Viewed On Angle

white sign says summer against a yellow curved wall

White Sign Says Summer Against A Yellow Curved Wall

pink flowers blooming on a spring day in the city

Pink Flowers Blooming On A Spring Day In The City

black tilted microphone and a computer keyboard

Black Tilted Microphone And A Computer Keyboard

metro ceiling triangles

Metro Ceiling Triangles

medium wide shot of baby pink blossoms amidst scarlet leaves

Medium Wide Shot Of Baby Pink Blossoms Amidst Scarlet Leaves

vine hanging on ceiling with white wall

Vine Hanging On Ceiling With White Wall

orange blooms closeup

Orange Blooms Closeup

wall of thick, waxy leaves

Wall Of Thick, Waxy Leaves

volleyball close up

Volleyball Close Up

looking through stone archway with benches

Looking Through Stone Archway With Benches

water from a thin canal reflects the taj mahal

Water From A Thin Canal Reflects The Taj Mahal

white and blue marbling abstract view

White And Blue Marbling Abstract View

fireworks in night sky

Fireworks In Night Sky

snow capped iceland hillside

Snow Capped Iceland Hillside

sunset on rural road in summer

Sunset On Rural Road In Summer

old tree roots

Old Tree Roots

building made of white intricate archways

Building Made Of White Intricate Archways

brown wall lit up with a yellow light at top

Brown Wall Lit Up With A Yellow Light At Top

abstract photo of orange and green marbling

Abstract Photo Of Orange And Green Marbling

half blue and half pink photo with earrings lined up

Half Blue And Half Pink Photo With Earrings Lined Up

small pumpkin on stone

Small Pumpkin On Stone

patterns of farmland from aircraft view

Patterns Of Farmland From Aircraft View

rocky mountain above evergreen forest

Rocky Mountain Above Evergreen Forest

pistachio nuts texture

Pistachio Nuts Texture

moon rises over mountains

Moon Rises Over Mountains

silhouettes of people at the top of a sand dune

Silhouettes Of People At The Top Of A Sand Dune

two black cats on the rocks

Two Black Cats On The Rocks

cactus plant close up center

Cactus Plant Close Up Center

person looks up towards beautiful architecture

Person Looks Up Towards Beautiful Architecture

red paper curves to make an abstract gradient

Red Paper Curves To Make An Abstract Gradient

rock art desert hills

Rock Art Desert Hills

portrait of a woman with long brown hair and crossed arms

Portrait Of A Woman With Long Brown Hair And Crossed Arms

plant wall of succulents

Plant Wall Of Succulents

office window pattern

Office Window Pattern

two rows of shipping containers taken with a drone

Two Rows Of Shipping Containers Taken With A Drone

red white and blue marbling abstract view

Red White And Blue Marbling Abstract View

close up of a painted cement wall with splashes of colour

Close Up Of A Painted Cement Wall With Splashes Of Colour

volcanic hillside road

Volcanic Hillside Road

window with iron guards on yellow building

Window With Iron Guards On Yellow Building

dark green leaf showing the details

Dark Green Leaf Showing The Details

exposed wooden ceiling beams

Exposed Wooden Ceiling Beams

deep green leaves white veins

Deep Green Leaves White Veins

frosty fall leaves on ground

Frosty Fall Leaves On Ground

hiking icelands fields

Hiking Icelands Fields

sun over mountain tops

Sun Over Mountain Tops

clothes pins against a bright blue sky

Clothes Pins Against A Bright Blue Sky

white ferry in water

White Ferry In Water

green tree with small orange fruit on branches

Green Tree With Small Orange Fruit On Branches

fallen wasp nest texture

Fallen Wasp Nest Texture

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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.