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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a film reel lays flat catching the sunlight

A Film Reel Lays Flat Catching The Sunlight

green tree with small orange fruit on branches

Green Tree With Small Orange Fruit On Branches

handcrafted goodness sign on stone

Handcrafted Goodness Sign On Stone

artificial plant against pink background

Artificial Plant Against Pink Background

sunset over calm lake

Sunset Over Calm Lake

sharp colored pencils lined up in a row

Sharp Colored Pencils Lined Up In A Row

macro green leaf texture

Macro Green Leaf Texture

palm leaves

Palm Leaves

burnt orange and red japenese maple branches in morning light

Burnt Orange And Red Japenese Maple Branches In Morning Light

slices of homemade pizza with olives on a green plate

Slices Of Homemade Pizza With Olives On A Green Plate

green fields in iceland

Green Fields in Iceland

man hikes hilly landscape

Man Hikes Hilly Landscape

green leaf close up glowing in light

Green Leaf Close Up Glowing In Light

dense bamboo stand

Dense Bamboo Stand

tall bronze barrel below skylight

Tall Bronze Barrel Below Skylight

raindrops on pink blossoms

Raindrops On Pink Blossoms

money pattern

Money Pattern

palmtree and blue sky

Palmtree And Blue Sky

red and gold squares hang from the ceiling

Red And Gold Squares Hang From The Ceiling

a bar of dark chocolate on white

A Bar Of Dark Chocolate On White

pink and red marbling abstract view

Pink And Red Marbling Abstract View

purple and white marbling abstract view

Purple And White Marbling Abstract View

open plan mid century modern apartment

Open Plan Mid Century Modern Apartment

no parking sign on textured background

No Parking SIgn On Textured Background

flag of china flying

Flag Of China Flying

a red flower billows smokey clouds

A Red Flower Billows Smokey Clouds

handheld microphone

Handheld Microphone

person sits and takes in the rocky mountain view

Person Sits And Takes In The Rocky Mountain View

black and white fingers

Black And White Fingers

aerial image of green forest treetops

Aerial Image of Green Forest Treetops

ends of colored pencils lines up

Ends Of Colored Pencils Lines Up

rocky cliff in ocean

Rocky Cliff In Ocean

high rise window washer

High Rise Window Washer

mobile gimbal floating on grey background

Mobile Gimbal Floating On Grey Background

painted lanterns illuminating a room

Painted Lanterns Illuminating A Room

grey sky hill hiking

Grey Sky Hill Hiking

colored pencils lines up on a black background

Colored Pencils Lines Up On A Black Background

florist display through glass window

Florist Display Through Glass Window

microphone for christmas carols

Microphone For Christmas Carols

bunches of japanese maple leaves layered over sky in soft focus

Bunches Of Japanese Maple Leaves Layered Over Sky In Soft Focus

two grape hyacinths on pink

Two Grape Hyacinths On Pink

racing track lanes textures

Racing Track Lanes Textures

sunset over water by rocky shore

Sunset Over Water By Rocky Shore

newly blossomed orange flowers

Newly Blossomed Orange Flowers

dark image of a plants leaves with yellow spots

Dark Image Of A Plants Leaves With Yellow Spots

sun through green leaves

Sun Through Green Leaves

football field side lines

Football Field Side Lines

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

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

blank wood frame chalkboard hangs on a blue wall

Blank Wood Frame Chalkboard Hangs On A Blue Wall

galaxy on leaves

Galaxy On Leaves

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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.