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.