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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pistachio nuts texture

Pistachio Nuts Texture

mobile gimbal floating on grey background

Mobile Gimbal Floating On Grey Background

small pumpkin on stone

Small Pumpkin On Stone

moon rises over mountains

Moon Rises Over Mountains

hand grips a black microphone against red background

Hand Grips A Black Microphone Against Red Background

cactus plant close up center

Cactus Plant Close Up Center

texture of brown hay and other grasses

Texture Of Brown Hay And Other Grasses

office window pattern

Office Window Pattern

Quiet Wooden Farm With Low Clouds

Quiet Wooden Farm With Low Clouds

edison bulbs illuminating the festival of lights

Edison Bulbs Illuminating The Festival Of LIghts

two rows of shipping containers taken with a drone

Two Rows Of Shipping Containers Taken With A Drone

sun over mountain tops

Sun Over Mountain Tops

rock art desert hills

Rock Art Desert Hills

sumac tree against a clear blue sky

Sumac Tree Against A Clear Blue Sky

novel lays open on dark blue linen fabric

Novel Lays Open On Dark Blue Linen Fabric

person sits and takes in the rocky mountain view

Person Sits And Takes In The Rocky Mountain View

frosty fall leaves on ground

Frosty Fall Leaves On Ground

volcanic hillside road

Volcanic Hillside Road

film reel taggled against a white background

Film Reel Taggled Against A White Background

rust colored track curved and reflects in window

Rust Colored Track Curved And Reflects In Window

fallen wasp nest texture

Fallen Wasp Nest Texture

black microphone on a metal stand against deep red

Black Microphone On A Metal Stand Against Deep Red

hiking icelands fields

Hiking Icelands Fields

circular metal structure against a blue sky

Circular Metal Structure Against A Blue Sky

colored pencils scattered shown from above

Colored Pencils Scattered Shown From Above

white ferry in water

White Ferry In Water

pink petals with water droplets close up

Pink Petals With Water Droplets Close Up

pale pink flowers and dark red leaves against house

Pale Pink Flowers And Dark Red Leaves Against House

exposed wooden ceiling beams

Exposed Wooden Ceiling Beams

film reel catches light tangled on a white surface

Film Reel Catches Light Tangled On A White Surface

sunset over calm lake

Sunset Over Calm Lake

blurry abstract photo of glass bottles

Blurry Abstract Photo Of Glass Bottles

purple and red marbling abstract view

Purple And Red Marbling Abstract View

macro green leaf texture

Macro Green Leaf Texture

lined cell phones floating above orange rocks

Lined Cell Phones Floating Above Orange Rocks

artificial plant against pink background

Artificial Plant Against Pink Background

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

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

burnt orange and red japenese maple branches in morning light

Burnt Orange And Red Japenese Maple Branches In Morning Light

money pattern

Money Pattern

a person swimming lanes in outdoor pool by tall trees

A Person Swimming Lanes In Outdoor Pool By Tall Trees

a bar of dark chocolate on white

A Bar Of Dark Chocolate On White

cornet instrument in dark room

Cornet Instrument In Dark Room

green fields in iceland

Green Fields in Iceland

dense bamboo stand

Dense Bamboo Stand

black and white fingers

Black And White Fingers

palm leaves

Palm Leaves

raindrops on pink blossoms

Raindrops On Pink Blossoms

repeat pattern of a toy turtle on a blue background

Repeat Pattern Of A Toy Turtle On A Blue Background

green leaf close up glowing in light

Green Leaf Close Up Glowing In Light

a red flower billows smokey clouds

A Red Flower Billows Smokey Clouds

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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.