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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two rows of shipping containers taken with a drone

Two Rows Of Shipping Containers Taken With A Drone


plant wall of succulents

Plant Wall Of Succulents


rock art desert hills

Rock Art Desert Hills


old tree roots

Old Tree Roots


a bar of dark chocolate on white

A Bar Of Dark Chocolate On White


small pumpkin on stone

Small Pumpkin On Stone


wheatsheaf against a blue sky

Wheatsheaf Against A Blue Sky


bright white daisy surrounded by foliage

Bright White Daisy Surrounded By Foliage


frosty fall leaves on ground

Frosty Fall Leaves On Ground


volcanic hillside road

Volcanic Hillside Road


vibrant leaves in green and yellow fill the frame

Vibrant Leaves In Green And Yellow Fill The Frame


macro green leaf texture

Macro Green Leaf Texture


artificial plant against pink background

Artificial Plant Against Pink Background


sunset over calm lake

Sunset Over Calm Lake


small bird sits on a bare tree branch

Small Bird Sits On A Bare Tree Branch


fallen wasp nest texture

Fallen Wasp Nest Texture


pale pink flowers and dark red leaves against house

Pale Pink Flowers And Dark Red Leaves Against House


hand holding up red paint brush

Hand Holding Up Red Paint Brush


a red flower billows smokey clouds

A Red Flower Billows Smokey Clouds


exposed wooden ceiling beams

Exposed Wooden Ceiling Beams


hiking icelands fields

Hiking Icelands Fields


white ferry in water

White Ferry In Water


black and white fingers

Black And White Fingers


wooden block spell out smile laying on colorful dots

Wooden Block Spell Out Smile Laying On Colorful Dots


burnt orange and red japenese maple branches in morning light

Burnt Orange And Red Japenese Maple Branches In Morning Light


newly blossomed orange flowers

Newly Blossomed Orange Flowers


flag of china flying

Flag Of China Flying


green leaf close up glowing in light

Green Leaf Close Up Glowing In Light


dense bamboo stand

Dense Bamboo Stand


blank chalkboard sits in green ivy

Blank Chalkboard Sits In Green Ivy


raindrops on pink blossoms

Raindrops On Pink Blossoms


flatlay of blocks the middle spelling out stay well

Flatlay Of Blocks The Middle Spelling Out Stay Well


minimalist houseplant on grey background

Minimalist Houseplant On Grey Background


handheld microphone

Handheld Microphone


palm leaves

Palm Leaves


closed tulip in shadows

Closed Tulip In Shadows


green fields in iceland

Green Fields in Iceland


smoke from candlesticks blown out

Smoke From Candlesticks Blown Out


tall bronze barrel below skylight

Tall Bronze Barrel Below Skylight


rolling hills lead to a road lined with trees

Rolling Hills Lead To A Road Lined With Trees


ocean view in mexico

Ocean View In Mexico


rocky cliff in ocean

Rocky Cliff In Ocean


flatlay of blocks spelling lets dance on colorful dots

Flatlay Of Blocks Spelling Lets Dance On Colorful Dots


palmtree and blue sky

Palmtree And Blue Sky


man hikes hilly landscape

Man Hikes Hilly Landscape


tall forest trees from trunk

Tall Forest Trees From Trunk


galaxy on leaves

Galaxy On Leaves


racing track lanes textures

Racing Track Lanes Textures


high rise window washer

High Rise Window Washer


winged insect sits on a brown stick in a open field

Winged Insect Sits On A Brown Stick In A Open Field


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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.