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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oregon train station cocktower

Oregon Train Station Cocktower

close up of the ends of colored pencils

Close Up Of The Ends Of Colored Pencils

orange sunset over coastline

Orange Sunset Over Coastline

mossy volcanic hillside

Mossy Volcanic Hillside

rocky formations

Rocky Formations

stream through rocky hillside

Stream Through Rocky Hillside

from the grasses view

From The Grasses View

hand holds out phone against black background

Hand Holds Out Phone Against Black Background

colored pencils scattered on pink and blue balls

Colored Pencils Scattered On Pink And Blue Balls

tea lettering on white ceramic

Tea Lettering On White Ceramic

pause and relax with this tea set

Pause And Relax With This Tea Set

keyboards on blue surface

Keyboards On Blue Surface

detailed exterior of temple in china

Detailed Exterior of Temple In China

pink pill pattern on a blue background

Pink Pill Pattern On A Blue Background

look up to the exterior of a carved building

Look Up To The Exterior Of A Carved Building

lake lighting

Lake Lighting

sun behind clouds at sunset by lake

Sun Behind Clouds At Sunset By Lake

tree after ice storm

Tree After Ice Storm

cactus close up in green

Cactus Close Up In Green

fall harvest vegetable market

Fall Harvest Vegetable Market

close up of colored pencils lined up

Close Up Of Colored Pencils Lined Up

wooden colored pencils scattered on pink and blue balls

Wooden Colored Pencils Scattered On Pink And Blue Balls

looking up through basketball net

Looking Up Through Basketball Net

white crane water reflection ripples

White Crane Water Reflection Ripples

portrait of floral arrangement in natural light

Portrait Of Floral Arrangement In Natural Light

pair of glasses on a bed

Pair Of Glasses On A Bed

roof top with red brick on clear day

Roof Top With Red Brick On Clear Day

compact car drives past iceland hill

Compact Car Drives Past Iceland Hill

black chalkboard sticking out of a white sandy beach

Black Chalkboard Sticking Out Of A White Sandy Beach

queen anne's lace on forested hill

Queen Anne's Lace On forested Hill

blue lake and rocky mountains

Blue Lake And Rocky Mountains

aerial image of parking spaces by grass

Aerial Image Of Parking Spaces By Grass

orange autumn leves on trees

Orange Autumn Leves On Trees

orchid flowers white and purple

Orchid Flowers White And Purple

chinese temple details

Chinese Temple Details

rushing waterfall between trees

Rushing Waterfall Between Trees

brown and white cat dozing off

Brown And White Cat Dozing Off

jagged mountain peak above lush green foothills

Jagged Mountain Peak Above Lush Green Foothills

photo of large deep green plant leaves

Photo Of Large Deep Green Plant Leaves

the centre of this orange flower stems

The Centre Of This Orange Flower Stems

multi-story buildings stretch along the seafront

Multi-Story Buildings Stretch Along The Seafront

layered wood up close

Layered Wood Up Close

person with long shadow in parking spot

Person With Long Shadow In Parking Spot

a flower begins to seethe red and orange plumes

A Flower Begins To Seethe Red And Orange Plumes

tall trees from below

Tall Trees From Below

chipped blue paint on aging shutters

Chipped Blue Paint On Aging Shutters

cn tower against the blue toronto sky

CN Tower Against The Blue Toronto Sky

tower in florence

Tower In Florence

bright yellow rose in hand

Bright Yellow Rose In Hand

brick archways by garden

Brick Archways By Garden

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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.