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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light ripples on water

Light Ripples On Water

sandy feet, sandy beach

Sandy Feet, Sandy Beach

sunbeams rising through forest trees

Sunbeams Rising Through Forest Trees

holiday candlesticks blown out

Holiday Candlesticks Blown Out

hikers on green hike

Hikers On Green Hike

portrait race track lines texture

Portrait Race Track Lines Texture

modern architecture curve with windows

Modern Architecture Curve With Windows

an island filled with palm trees

An Island Filled With Palm Trees

numbers and letters on an orange background

Numbers And Letters On An Orange Background

apartment building wondows

Apartment Building Wondows

festive fall pumpkin pile

Festive Fall Pumpkin Pile

people walk through cobbled street in summer

People Walk Through Cobbled Street In Summer

two paddleboarders coming into shore

Two Paddleboarders Coming Into Shore

off the beaten path in fall season

Off The Beaten Path In Fall Season

blue and orange tide rolls into shore

Blue And Orange Tide Rolls Into Shore

basilica rooftop walk

Basilica Rooftop Walk

sunlight creeps into antelope canyon

Sunlight Creeps Into Antelope Canyon

two slices of orange lay on a sunlit cutting board

Two Slices Of Orange Lay On A Sunlit Cutting Board

red paint brush on textured background

Red Paint Brush On Textured Background

protected by rocks under deep blue sky

Protected By Rocks Under Deep Blue SKy

dry tips on long slim leaves

Dry Tips On Long Slim Leaves

black cat sits by the rocks

Black Cat Sits By The Rocks

tall ship docked in fog

Tall Ship Docked In Fog

two matching archways side by side

Two Matching Archways Side By Side

mountain by glassy lake with reflection

Mountain By Glassy Lake With Reflection

white wagtail catches an insect

White Wagtail Catches An Insect

boat parked in english waters

Boat Parked In English Waters

chinese flag on temple rooftop

Chinese Flag On Temple Rooftop

Small Wooden Structures In A Brown Grassy Field

Small Wooden Structures In A Brown Grassy Field

off center vivid floral bouquet in clear vase

Off Center Vivid Floral Bouquet In Clear Vase

branches with spring blossoms frame a mountian view

Branches With Spring Blossoms Frame A Mountian View

hiker stops near edge

Hiker Stops Near Edge

curved city street

Curved City Street

hand holding baseball on red

Hand Holding Baseball On Red

shop now sign on marble

Shop Now Sign On Marble

green fern leaves fill frame

Green Fern Leaves Fill Frame

close up of aged wood

Close Up Of Aged Wood

lensball tunnell at train station

Lensball Tunnell At Train Station

purple hydrangea close up

Purple Hydrangea Close Up

sunflower fills center of a frame

Sunflower Fills Center Of A Frame

camera lens propped on a bottle

Camera Lens Propped On A Bottle

grey storm clouds over dry farm field

Grey Storm Clouds Over Dry Farm Field

red rock cave

Red Rock Cave

grey sky over fall field

Grey Sky Over Fall Field

rocky reflection by mountain

Rocky Reflection By Mountain

lensball red and black basketball court

Lensball Red And Black Basketball Court

icy layers of winter shoreline

Icy Layers Of Winter Shoreline

wooden hiking path

Wooden Hiking Path

paved road bends with red rocky hills in the background

Paved Road Bends With Red Rocky Hills In The Background

yellow spotted leaves

Yellow Spotted Leaves

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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.