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 forest trees of oregon

Tall Forest Trees Of Oregon

bright yellow rose in hand

Bright Yellow Rose In Hand

boxed macarons in a line

Boxed Macarons In A Line

tall yellow sunflower below clear sky

Tall Yellow Sunflower Below Clear Sky

black and white photo of hands laying on top of eachother

Black And White Photo Of Hands Laying On Top Of Eachother

lensball purple and yellow lights

Lensball Purple And Yellow Lights

vine brick background

Vine Brick Background

scattered yellow and purple petals

Scattered Yellow And Purple Petals

reverb amp for playing sweet music

Reverb Amp For Playing Sweet Music

uniquely painted city building

Uniquely Painted City Building

wooden block spell out smile laying on colorful dots

Wooden Block Spell Out Smile Laying On Colorful Dots

ventilation texture

Ventilation Texture

unique brick texture

Unique Brick Texture

abandoned train car with lone chair

Abandoned Train Car With Lone Chair

round stones in rushing water

Round Stones In Rushing Water

down flights of stairs

Down Flights Of Stairs

an open courtyard with red lanterns at each doorway

An Open Courtyard With Red Lanterns At Each Doorway

anytime sign on wall

Anytime Sign On Wall

tight cluster of small green plants

Tight Cluster Of Small Green Plants

florence italy haze

Florence Italy Haze

vivid floral arrangement on dark teal

Vivid Floral Arrangement On Dark Teal

winged insect sits on a brown stick in a open field

Winged Insect Sits On A Brown Stick In A Open Field

rushing waterfall between trees

Rushing Waterfall Between Trees

black and white modern architecture

Black And white Modern Architecture

sporadically placed flowers on white

Sporadically Placed Flowers On White

bike in alley

Bike In Alley

vibrant leaves in green and yellow fill the frame

Vibrant Leaves In Green And Yellow Fill The Frame

waxy leaves

Waxy Leaves

violin vertical

Violin Vertical

tall windowed mid rise building

Tall Windowed Mid Rise Building

hard crafted goodness diagonal on marble

Hard Crafted Goodness Diagonal On Marble

hiker in rocky iceland field

Hiker In Rocky Iceland Field

snow covered walking bridge in forest

Snow Covered Walking Bridge In Forest

flatlay of blocks the middle spelling out stay well

Flatlay Of Blocks The Middle Spelling Out Stay Well

photo of black and pink shapes

Photo Of Black And Pink Shapes

urban china construction

Urban China Construction

aged wood close up

Aged Wood Close Up

three maple leaves in a row

Three Maple Leaves In A Row

plant branch with green leaves

Plant Branch With Green Leaves

blue sky over desert

Blue Sky Over Desert

soft light over mountain peaks

Soft Light Over Mountain Peaks

abstract image of beach scene

Abstract Image Of Beach Scene

thin waterfall and dirt road

Thin Waterfall And Dirt Road

wavy water creating pattern in swimming pool

Wavy Water Creating Pattern In Swimming Pool

tall trees golden leaves

Tall Trees Golden Leaves

wooden blocks lay in colorful dots and spell smile

Wooden Blocks Lay In Colorful Dots And Spell Smile

close up of small colorful parrot

Close Up Of Small Colorful Parrot

flatlay of blocks spelling lets dance on colorful dots

Flatlay Of Blocks Spelling Lets Dance On Colorful Dots

cobble stone street shrowded in foliage

Cobble Stone Street Shrowded In Foliage

aged stone wall close up

Aged Stone Wall Close Up

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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.