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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boxed macarons in a line

Boxed Macarons In A Line

tall yellow sunflower below clear sky

Tall Yellow Sunflower Below Clear Sky

carved marble arched doorway

Carved Marble Arched Doorway

closeup of water on green leaf

Closeup Of Water On Green Leaf

vivid floral arrangement on dark teal

Vivid Floral Arrangement On Dark Teal

close up pine needles

Close Up Pine Needles

delicate plant life

Delicate Plant Life

prickly cactus plant

Prickly Cactus Plant

soft pink and black geometric abstract shapes

Soft Pink And Black Geometric Abstract Shapes

ancient temples

Ancient Temples

scattered yellow and purple petals

Scattered Yellow And Purple Petals

tight cluster of small green plants

Tight Cluster Of Small Green Plants

fern photobomb

Fern Photobomb

lighthouse surrounded by daisies

Lighthouse Surrounded By Daisies

clay rooftops in china

Clay Rooftops In China

lensball purple and yellow lights

Lensball Purple And Yellow Lights

winter in northern landscape

Winter In Northern Landscape

north american north

North American North

large cluster of clothespins

Large Cluster Of Clothespins

woman holding stick

Woman Holding Stick

rustic old window in a stone building

Rustic Old Window In A Stone Building

wind-blown tree

Wind-blown Tree

shop now diagonal sign on wood

Shop Now Diagonal Sign On Wood

mountains and crystal clear water

Mountains And Crystal Clear Water

black and white modern architecture

Black And white Modern Architecture

tall forest trees of oregon

Tall Forest Trees Of Oregon

soft light over mountain peaks

Soft Light Over Mountain Peaks

photo of black and pink shapes

Photo Of Black And Pink Shapes

sporadically placed flowers on white

Sporadically Placed Flowers On White

close up of small colorful parrot

Close Up Of Small Colorful Parrot

white wooden beads spell out stay well

White Wooden Beads Spell Out Stay Well

reverb amp for playing sweet music

Reverb Amp For Playing Sweet Music

winter hay bails

Winter Hay Bails

drying corn field under cloudy sky

Drying Corn Field Under Cloudy Sky

sporadic flower petals on white

Sporadic Flower Petals On White

top down view of vivid floral arrangement

Top Down View Of Vivid Floral Arrangement

vine brick background

Vine Brick Background

hot air balloon rising into the atmosphere

Hot Air Balloon Rising Into The Atmosphere

wavy water creating pattern in swimming pool

Wavy Water Creating Pattern In Swimming Pool

round stones in rushing water

Round Stones In Rushing Water

uniquely painted city building

Uniquely Painted City Building

plant branch with green leaves

Plant Branch With Green Leaves

florence italy haze

Florence Italy Haze

ventilation texture

Ventilation Texture

urban china construction

Urban China Construction

wooden blocks with black letters spell lets dance

Wooden Blocks With Black Letters Spell Lets Dance

unique brick texture

Unique Brick Texture

abandoned train car with lone chair

Abandoned Train Car With Lone Chair

tall windowed mid rise building

Tall Windowed Mid Rise Building

violin vertical

Violin Vertical

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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.