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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vibrant aqua blue water below cliff edge

Vibrant Aqua Blue Water Below Cliff Edge


raindrops on pink blossoms

Raindrops On Pink Blossoms


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


man hikes hilly landscape

Man Hikes Hilly Landscape


stream nestled between fall trees

Stream Nestled Between Fall Trees


repeat pattern of a toy turtle on a blue background

Repeat Pattern Of A Toy Turtle On A Blue Background


tall bronze barrel below skylight

Tall Bronze Barrel Below Skylight


palmtree and blue sky

Palmtree And Blue Sky


silver and holiday horn

Silver And Holiday Horn


white horses in a lush forest

White Horses In A Lush Forest


flag of china flying

Flag Of China Flying


handheld microphone

Handheld Microphone


the top corner of a pineapple against pink

The Top Corner Of A Pineapple Against Pink


galaxy on leaves

Galaxy On Leaves


yellow and blue patterned paper background

Yellow And Blue Patterned Paper Background


wintery sunny beach

Wintery Sunny Beach


microphone for christmas carols

Microphone For Christmas Carols


high rise window washer

High Rise Window Washer


beautiful landscape of soft pastel grassy hills

Beautiful Landscape Of Soft Pastel Grassy Hills


flatlay of a valentines day card with foil chocolate hearts

Flatlay Of A Valentines Day Card With Foil Chocolate Hearts


cherry blossoms in front of flatiron building

Cherry Blossoms In Front Of Flatiron Building


red green and white lines of a track

Red Green And White Lines Of A Track


newly blossomed orange flowers

Newly Blossomed Orange Flowers


rocky cliff in ocean

Rocky Cliff In Ocean


the mehrangarh fort and museum

The Mehrangarh Fort and Museum


florist display through glass window

Florist Display Through Glass Window


ocean view in mexico

Ocean View In Mexico


weathered wall with grass growing on cracks

Weathered Wall With Grass Growing On Cracks


tall forest trees from trunk

Tall Forest Trees From Trunk


racing track lanes textures

Racing Track Lanes Textures


side of a building with remains of an old poster

Side Of A Building With Remains Of An Old Poster


football field side lines

Football Field Side Lines


minimalist houseplant on grey background

Minimalist Houseplant On Grey Background


sunset over water by rocky shore

Sunset Over Water By Rocky Shore


close up of a worn barn exterior

Close Up Of A Worn Barn Exterior


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


smoke from candlesticks blown out

Smoke From Candlesticks Blown Out


grey sky hill hiking

Grey Sky Hill Hiking


sun through green leaves

Sun Through Green Leaves


hand holding up red paint brush

Hand Holding Up Red Paint Brush


close up green leaf texture

Close Up Green Leaf Texture


folk music instruments

Folk Music Instruments


bright white daisy surrounded by foliage

Bright White Daisy Surrounded By Foliage


us national park train tracks by water

Us National Park Train Tracks By Water


looking up in cornfield

Looking Up In Cornfield


red hillside path

Red Hillside Path


snow capped maountain peaks fresh water

Snow Capped Maountain Peaks Fresh Water


hands cup wooden blocks spelling the words mental health

Hands Cup Wooden Blocks Spelling The Words Mental Health


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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.