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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cut logs piled

Cut Logs Piled

pizza sign with reflection

Pizza Sign With Reflection

landscape scattered yellow and purple petals

Landscape Scattered Yellow And Purple Petals

bright orange pumpkin pile

Bright Orange Pumpkin Pile

paddling on perfect calm lake

Paddling On Perfect Calm Lake

cluster of dried hydrangeas

Cluster Of Dried Hydrangeas

greenhouse top and cornfield

Greenhouse Top And Cornfield

a camel is lead by yellow lead

A Camel Is Lead By Yellow Lead

stark bare trees in winter forest

Stark Bare Trees In Winter Forest

cold winter ice

Cold Winter Ice

straw hut roof

Straw Hut Roof

lakes and hills under clouded fall sky

Lakes And Hills Under Clouded Fall Sky

dramatic clouds roll over green mountain

Dramatic Clouds Roll Over Green Mountain

green leaves on a red brick wall

Green Leaves On A Red Brick Wall

grey cloudy & sky over field

Grey Cloudy & Sky Over Field

sun bleached wooden walkway through tall grass

Sun Bleached Wooden Walkway Through Tall Grass

waves crash under morning sun

Waves Crash Under Morning Sun

gourds and pumpkins texture

Gourds And Pumpkins Texture

fifty yard line field paint

Fifty Yard Line Field Paint

green hills near glaciers

Green Hills Near Glaciers

train tracks from overhead

Train Tracks From Overhead

sunset over cliffside and rocky edge

Sunset Over Cliffside And Rocky Edge

single orange maple leaf in hand

Single Orange Maple Leaf In Hand

two piers on frozen sea

Two Piers On Frozen Sea

reflections in front of place of worship

Reflections In Front Of Place Of Worship

dusky desert

Dusky Desert

layered mountain side

Layered Mountain Side

red and white flower with green stem

Red And White Flower With Green Stem

textured channels in dry sand

Textured Channels In Dry Sand

city of vancouver

City Of Vancouver

fresh garlic bulbs in braids at farmers market

Fresh Garlic Bulbs In Braids At Farmers Market

blue sky and small lush island

Blue Sky And Small Lush Island

close up on delicate orchid

Close Up On Delicate Orchid

toronto city cn tower

Toronto City CN Tower

sunset creates colorful sky over trees

Sunset Creates Colorful Sky Over Trees

concrete platform in the ocean

Concrete Platform In the Ocean

swamp and marshlands under bright sky surrounded by trees

Swamp And Marshlands Under Bright Sky Surrounded By Trees

silhouettes of wind turbines

Silhouettes Of Wind Turbines

calm garden walking bridge

Calm Garden Walking Bridge

glassy lake reflects mount hood oregon

Glassy Lake Reflects Mount Hood Oregon

fall forest opens out to blue lake

Fall Forest Opens Out To Blue Lake

icy winter tree

Icy Winter Tree

temple by chinese hillside

Temple By Chinese Hillside

sunset on farmland

Sunset On Farmland

sunset tide spilling onto rocky beach

Sunset Tide Spilling Onto Rocky Beach

view from rooftop

View From Rooftop

bright sun above tall forest

Bright Sun Above Tall Forest

village in china below hillside

Village In China Below Hillside

light ripples on water

Light Ripples On Water

sandy feet, sandy beach

Sandy Feet, Sandy Beach

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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.