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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birds silhouetted by the setting sun

Birds Silhouetted By The Setting Sun


harmonica tambourine and ukulele

Harmonica Tambourine And Ukulele


greenhouse top and cornfield

Greenhouse Top And Cornfield


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


blue sky and small lush island

Blue Sky And Small Lush Island


cat walking through ornate archway

Cat Walking Through Ornate Archway


sunset over cliffside and rocky edge

Sunset Over Cliffside And Rocky Edge


icy winter tree

Icy Winter Tree


layered mountain side

Layered Mountain Side


rustic old window in a stone building

Rustic Old Window In A Stone Building


sunrise creates light rays through a forest

Sunrise Creates Light Rays Through A Forest


field of golden wheat

Field Of Golden Wheat


cascading ripples in the water

Cascading Ripples In The Water


cluster of dried hydrangeas

Cluster Of Dried Hydrangeas


two piers on frozen sea

Two Piers On Frozen Sea


ripples in monochrome water scene

Ripples In Monochrome Water Scene


calm garden walking bridge

Calm Garden Walking Bridge


abstract triangles of red orange and blue

Abstract Triangles Of Red Orange And Blue


dusky desert

Dusky Desert


wild white daisy with green leaves

Wild White Daisy With Green Leaves


sunset on farmland

Sunset On Farmland


swamp and marshlands under bright sky surrounded by trees

Swamp And Marshlands Under Bright Sky Surrounded By Trees


wooden blocks with black letters spell lets dance

Wooden Blocks With Black Letters Spell Lets Dance


landscape scattered yellow and purple petals

Landscape Scattered Yellow And Purple Petals


single orange maple leaf in hand

Single Orange Maple Leaf In Hand


close up on delicate orchid

Close Up On Delicate Orchid


toronto city cn tower

Toronto City CN Tower


temple by chinese hillside

Temple By Chinese Hillside


train on tracks through mountains

Train On Tracks Through Mountains


white wooden beads spell out stay well

White Wooden Beads Spell Out Stay Well


sandy feet, sandy beach

Sandy Feet, Sandy Beach


glassy lake reflects mount hood oregon

Glassy Lake Reflects Mount Hood Oregon


a hand holds up a white daisy

A Hand Holds Up A White Daisy


sun bleached wooden walkway through tall grass

Sun Bleached Wooden Walkway Through Tall Grass


basilica rooftop walk

Basilica Rooftop Walk


hikers on green hike

Hikers On Green Hike


view from rooftop

View From Rooftop


two trees submerged in the lakes water

Two Trees Submerged In The Lakes Water


concrete platform in the ocean

Concrete Platform In the Ocean


two paddleboarders coming into shore

Two Paddleboarders Coming Into Shore


bright sun above tall forest

Bright Sun Above Tall Forest


festive fall pumpkin pile

Festive Fall Pumpkin Pile


sunset tide spilling onto rocky beach

Sunset Tide Spilling Onto Rocky Beach


silhouettes of wind turbines

Silhouettes Of Wind Turbines


holiday candlesticks blown out

Holiday Candlesticks Blown Out


shop now sign on marble

Shop Now Sign On Marble


small bundle of wheat on a blue background

Small Bundle Of Wheat On A Blue Background


photo of large deep green plant leaves

Photo Of Large Deep Green Plant Leaves


red and white flower with green stem

Red And White Flower With Green Stem


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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.