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

vivid floral arrangement on dark teal

Vivid Floral Arrangement On Dark Teal

closeup of water on green leaf

Closeup Of Water On Green Leaf

close up pine needles

Close Up Pine Needles

soft pink and black geometric abstract shapes

Soft Pink And Black Geometric Abstract Shapes

delicate plant life

Delicate Plant Life

prickly cactus plant

Prickly Cactus Plant

scattered yellow and purple petals

Scattered Yellow And Purple Petals

lighthouse surrounded by daisies

Lighthouse Surrounded By Daisies

lensball purple and yellow lights

Lensball Purple And Yellow Lights

ancient temples

Ancient Temples

tight cluster of small green plants

Tight Cluster Of Small Green Plants

fern photobomb

Fern Photobomb

large cluster of clothespins

Large Cluster Of Clothespins

clay rooftops in china

Clay Rooftops In China

winter in northern landscape

Winter In Northern Landscape

rustic old window in a stone building

Rustic Old Window In A Stone Building

north american north

North American North

mountains and crystal clear water

Mountains And Crystal Clear Water

woman holding stick

Woman Holding Stick

wind-blown tree

Wind-blown Tree

shop now diagonal sign on wood

Shop Now Diagonal Sign On Wood

black and white modern architecture

Black And white Modern Architecture

white wooden beads spell out stay well

White Wooden Beads Spell Out Stay Well

tall forest trees of oregon

Tall Forest Trees Of Oregon

sporadically placed flowers on white

Sporadically Placed Flowers On White

photo of black and pink shapes

Photo Of Black And Pink Shapes

soft light over mountain peaks

Soft Light Over Mountain Peaks

close up of small colorful parrot

Close Up Of Small Colorful Parrot

sporadic flower petals on white

Sporadic Flower Petals On White

wavy water creating pattern in swimming pool

Wavy Water Creating Pattern In Swimming Pool

reverb amp for playing sweet music

Reverb Amp For Playing Sweet Music

winter hay bails

Winter Hay Bails

top down view of vivid floral arrangement

Top Down View Of Vivid Floral Arrangement

drying corn field under cloudy sky

Drying Corn Field Under Cloudy Sky

vine brick background

Vine Brick Background

hot air balloon rising into the atmosphere

Hot Air Balloon Rising Into The Atmosphere

a view from shiroyama park

A View From Shiroyama Park

uniquely painted city building

Uniquely Painted City Building

wooden blocks with black letters spell lets dance

Wooden Blocks With Black Letters Spell Lets Dance

round stones in rushing water

Round Stones In Rushing Water

florence italy haze

Florence Italy Haze

plant branch with green leaves

Plant Branch With Green Leaves

urban china construction

Urban China Construction

tall windowed mid rise building

Tall Windowed Mid Rise Building

ventilation texture

Ventilation Texture

unique brick texture

Unique Brick Texture

abandoned train car with lone chair

Abandoned Train Car With Lone Chair

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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.