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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tall trees from below

Tall Trees From Below

flatlay of a valentines day card with foil chocolate hearts

Flatlay Of A Valentines Day Card With Foil Chocolate Hearts

brick archways by garden

Brick Archways By Garden

side of a building with remains of an old poster

Side Of A Building With Remains Of An Old Poster

tower in florence

Tower In Florence

hand holds out phone against black background

Hand Holds Out Phone Against Black Background

water creates glass texture on city street

Water Creates Glass Texture On City Street

orange autumn leves on trees

Orange Autumn Leves On Trees

person with long shadow in parking spot

Person With Long Shadow In Parking Spot

hands cup wooden blocks spelling the words mental health

Hands Cup Wooden Blocks Spelling The Words Mental Health

chinese temple details

Chinese Temple Details

closeup of water on green leaf

Closeup Of Water On Green Leaf

blue lake and rocky mountains

Blue Lake And Rocky Mountains

the centre of this orange flower stems

The Centre Of This Orange Flower Stems

red green and white lines of a track

Red Green And White Lines Of A Track

triangle of round circles create a tree light shape

Triangle Of Round Circles Create A Tree Light Shape

layered wood up close

Layered Wood Up Close

sunset gradient overlooking ocean

Sunset Gradient Overlooking Ocean

deep blue and white ocean waves

Deep Blue And White Ocean Waves

prickly cactus plant

Prickly Cactus Plant

brown and white cat dozing off

Brown And White Cat Dozing Off

ancient temples

Ancient Temples

a flower begins to seethe red and orange plumes

A Flower Begins To Seethe Red And Orange Plumes

close up pine needles

Close Up Pine Needles

jagged mountain peak above lush green foothills

Jagged Mountain Peak Above Lush Green Foothills

orchid flowers white and purple

Orchid Flowers White And Purple

white blocks laying in colorful dots spells out smile

White Blocks Laying In Colorful Dots Spells Out Smile

woman holding stick

Woman Holding Stick

pause and relax with this tea set

Pause And Relax With This Tea Set

delicate plant life

Delicate Plant Life

orange sunset over coastline

Orange Sunset Over Coastline

clay rooftops in china

Clay Rooftops In China

grey worn wood bends separating in the middle

Grey Worn Wood Bends Separating In The Middle

sunflower looks up towards the sun

Sunflower Looks Up Towards The Sun

hand reaches for a book next to sunglasses and a bag

Hand Reaches For A Book Next To Sunglasses And A Bag

large cluster of clothespins

Large Cluster Of Clothespins

aerial photo of a beach and aqua blue water

Aerial Photo of A Beach And Aqua Blue Water

a closed grey curtain surrounded by a grey wall

A Closed Grey Curtain Surrounded By A Grey Wall

side of a building with silver doors

Side Of A Building With Silver Doors

north american north

North American North

two small wooden chair with striped fabric

Two Small Wooden Chair With Striped Fabric

fern photobomb

Fern Photobomb

shop now diagonal sign on wood

Shop Now Diagonal Sign On Wood

rolling hills lead to a road lined with trees

Rolling Hills Lead To A Road Lined With Trees

hands work on a glass mosaic to left side of frame

Hands Work On A Glass Mosaic To Left Side Of Frame

photo of a street corner where two buildings meet

Photo Of A Street Corner Where Two Buildings Meet

winter in northern landscape

Winter In Northern Landscape

wind-blown tree

Wind-blown Tree

winter hay bails

Winter Hay Bails

drying corn field under cloudy sky

Drying Corn Field Under Cloudy Sky

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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.