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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violin vertical

Violin Vertical

blue sky over desert

Blue Sky Over Desert

cobble stone street shrowded in foliage

Cobble Stone Street Shrowded In Foliage

hard crafted goodness diagonal on marble

Hard Crafted Goodness Diagonal On Marble

person in a straw hat faces toward a blue sky

Person In A Straw Hat Faces Toward A Blue Sky

anytime sign on wall

Anytime Sign On Wall

snow covered walking bridge in forest

Snow Covered Walking Bridge In Forest

three maple leaves in a row

Three Maple Leaves In A Row

bike in alley

Bike In Alley

aged wood close up

Aged Wood Close Up

down flights of stairs

Down Flights Of Stairs

waxy leaves

Waxy Leaves

aged stone wall close up

Aged Stone Wall Close Up

gummy sweets on white fabric

Gummy Sweets On White Fabric

abstract image of three triangles of color

Abstract Image Of Three Triangles Of Color

abstract image of beach scene

Abstract Image Of Beach Scene

texture of a green leaf very close up

Texture Of A Green Leaf Very Close Up

wooden walkway over water into rocky mountain pathway

Wooden Walkway Over Water Into Rocky Mountain Pathway

ninja cat

Ninja Cat

thin waterfall and dirt road

Thin Waterfall And Dirt Road

birds silhouetted by the setting sun

Birds Silhouetted By The Setting Sun

hiker in rocky iceland field

Hiker In Rocky Iceland Field

tall trees golden leaves

Tall Trees Golden Leaves

close up of candles and petals

Close Up Of Candles And Petals

mountains as far as the eye can see

Mountains As Far As The Eye Can See

tree silhouetted against a white sky

Tree Silhouetted Against A White Sky

a green teapot and teabags leaning on it

A Green Teapot And Teabags Leaning On It

close up of blue pansy flower

Close Up Of Blue Pansy Flower

hand holding black pencil on blue background

Hand Holding Black Pencil On Blue Background

fall leaves changing color

Fall Leaves Changing Color

tall trees reach for sky and light

Tall Trees Reach For Sky And Light

cement architecture corner under sky

Cement Architecture Corner Under Sky

green hill by growing city

Green Hill By Growing City

urban mid rise with blue sky

Urban Mid Rise With Blue Sky

red mushroom toadstool

Red Mushroom Toadstool

snow covered trail below the mountains

Snow Covered Trail Below The Mountains

person cups a blank piece of white paper in hands

Person Cups A Blank Piece Of White Paper In Hands

deep green leaves under shadows

Deep Green Leaves Under Shadows

basketball hoop from below blue sky

Basketball Hoop From Below Blue Sky

rooftops as seen through a window

Rooftops As Seen Through A Window

aged wood with blue tones

Aged Wood With Blue Tones

orange sunlight reflecting on water

Orange Sunlight Reflecting On Water

colored aged wood

Colored Aged Wood

brown and white wood

Brown And White Wood

water catching plant

Water Catching Plant

city at sunset with clouded sky

City At Sunset With Clouded Sky

wet dew on green leaf texture

Wet Dew On Green Leaf Texture

man by vine wall

Man By Vine Wall

calm garden path

Calm Garden Path

high end country home on hillside

High End Country Home On Hillside

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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.