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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sunset over cliffside and rocky edge

Sunset Over Cliffside And Rocky Edge


cascading ripples in the water

Cascading Ripples In The Water


cluster of dried hydrangeas

Cluster Of Dried Hydrangeas


grey cloudy & sky over field

Grey Cloudy & Sky Over Field


fifty yard line field paint

Fifty Yard Line Field Paint


ripples in monochrome water scene

Ripples In Monochrome Water Scene


straw hut roof

Straw Hut Roof


man sits within ornate blue hallway

Man Sits Within Ornate Blue Hallway


lakes and hills under clouded fall sky

Lakes And Hills Under Clouded Fall Sky


green hills near glaciers

Green Hills Near Glaciers


city of vancouver

City Of Vancouver


two trees submerged in the lakes water

Two Trees Submerged In The Lakes Water


gourds and pumpkins texture

Gourds And Pumpkins Texture


train tracks from overhead

Train Tracks From Overhead


fresh garlic bulbs in braids at farmers market

Fresh Garlic Bulbs In Braids At Farmers Market


greenhouse top and cornfield

Greenhouse Top And Cornfield


close up on delicate orchid

Close Up On Delicate Orchid


a hand holds up a white daisy

A Hand Holds Up A White Daisy


layered mountain side

Layered Mountain Side


blue sky and small lush island

Blue Sky And Small Lush Island


dusky desert

Dusky Desert


landscape scattered yellow and purple petals

Landscape Scattered Yellow And Purple Petals


two piers on frozen sea

Two Piers On Frozen Sea


icy winter tree

Icy Winter Tree


small bundle of wheat on a blue background

Small Bundle Of Wheat On A Blue Background


single orange maple leaf in hand

Single Orange Maple Leaf In Hand


sun bleached wooden walkway through tall grass

Sun Bleached Wooden Walkway Through Tall Grass


calm garden walking bridge

Calm Garden Walking Bridge


swamp and marshlands under bright sky surrounded by trees

Swamp And Marshlands Under Bright Sky Surrounded By Trees


sunset on farmland

Sunset On Farmland


woman photographs beautiful architecture

Woman Photographs Beautiful Architecture


glassy lake reflects mount hood oregon

Glassy Lake Reflects Mount Hood Oregon


concrete platform in the ocean

Concrete Platform In the Ocean


toronto city cn tower

Toronto City CN Tower


red and white flower with green stem

Red And White Flower With Green Stem


view from rooftop

View From Rooftop


train on tracks through mountains

Train On Tracks Through Mountains


temple by chinese hillside

Temple By Chinese Hillside


silhouettes of wind turbines

Silhouettes Of Wind Turbines


sandy feet, sandy beach

Sandy Feet, Sandy Beach


sunset tide spilling onto rocky beach

Sunset Tide Spilling Onto Rocky Beach


portrait race track lines texture

Portrait Race Track Lines Texture


hikers on green hike

Hikers On Green Hike


basilica rooftop walk

Basilica Rooftop Walk


holiday candlesticks blown out

Holiday Candlesticks Blown Out


bright sun above tall forest

Bright Sun Above Tall Forest


village in china below hillside

Village In China Below Hillside


two paddleboarders coming into shore

Two Paddleboarders Coming Into Shore


festive fall pumpkin pile

Festive Fall Pumpkin Pile


apartment building wondows

Apartment Building Wondows


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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.