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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delicate plant life

Delicate Plant Life

sandy seaweed

Sandy Seaweed

woman holding stick

Woman Holding Stick

rushing waterfall between trees

Rushing Waterfall Between Trees

fern photobomb

Fern Photobomb

boxed macarons in a line

Boxed Macarons In A Line

shop now diagonal sign on wood

Shop Now Diagonal Sign On Wood

tall yellow sunflower below clear sky

Tall Yellow Sunflower Below Clear Sky

large cluster of clothespins

Large Cluster Of Clothespins

north american north

North American North

bright yellow rose in hand

Bright Yellow Rose In Hand

winter in northern landscape

Winter In Northern Landscape

portrait of floral arrangement in natural light

Portrait Of Floral Arrangement In Natural Light

colored pencils scattered on pink and blue balls

Colored Pencils Scattered On Pink And Blue Balls

vivid floral arrangement on dark teal

Vivid Floral Arrangement On Dark Teal

wind-blown tree

Wind-blown Tree

drying corn field under cloudy sky

Drying Corn Field Under Cloudy Sky

tall forest trees of oregon

Tall Forest Trees Of Oregon

winter hay bails

Winter Hay Bails

close up of colored pencils lined up

Close Up Of Colored Pencils Lined Up

scattered yellow and purple petals

Scattered Yellow And Purple Petals

look up to the exterior of a carved building

Look Up To The Exterior Of A Carved Building

lensball purple and yellow lights

Lensball Purple And Yellow Lights

wooden colored pencils scattered on pink and blue balls

Wooden Colored Pencils Scattered On Pink And Blue Balls

black and white modern architecture

Black And white Modern Architecture

reverb amp for playing sweet music

Reverb Amp For Playing Sweet Music

uniquely painted city building

Uniquely Painted City Building

vine brick background

Vine Brick Background

sporadically placed flowers on white

Sporadically Placed Flowers On White

photo of black and pink shapes

Photo Of Black And Pink Shapes

hot air balloon rising into the atmosphere

Hot Air Balloon Rising Into The Atmosphere

round stones in rushing water

Round Stones In Rushing Water

close up of small colorful parrot

Close Up Of Small Colorful Parrot

ventilation texture

Ventilation Texture

tight cluster of small green plants

Tight Cluster Of Small Green Plants

soft pink and black geometric abstract shapes

Soft Pink And Black Geometric Abstract Shapes

roof top with red brick on clear day

Roof Top With Red Brick On Clear Day

lighthouse surrounded by daisies

Lighthouse Surrounded By Daisies

abandoned train car with lone chair

Abandoned Train Car With Lone Chair

carved marble arched doorway

Carved Marble Arched Doorway

black chalkboard sticking out of a white sandy beach

Black Chalkboard Sticking Out Of A White Sandy Beach

florence italy haze

Florence Italy Haze

mountains and crystal clear water

Mountains And Crystal Clear Water

violin vertical

Violin Vertical

unique brick texture

Unique Brick Texture

plant branch with green leaves

Plant Branch With Green Leaves

urban china construction

Urban China Construction

down flights of stairs

Down Flights Of Stairs

hard crafted goodness diagonal on marble

Hard Crafted Goodness Diagonal On Marble

wavy water creating pattern in swimming pool

Wavy Water Creating Pattern In Swimming Pool

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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.