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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marsh cat tail plants

Marsh Cat Tail Plants

fallen tree on hill with snow

Fallen Tree On Hill With Snow

dried winter wildflowers

Dried winter Wildflowers

dried grass

Dried Grass

yellow and purple ink with green

Yellow And Purple Ink With Green

green orange and yellow ink

Green Orange And Yellow Ink

black yellow and red ink

Black Yellow And Red Ink

red ink on yellow and blue

Red Ink On Yellow And Blue

pink and black ink drop

Pink And Black Ink Drop

mint green and red ink drop

Mint Green And Red Ink Drop

cyan and gold abstract ink

Cyan And Gold Abstract Ink

warehouse wood rafters

Warehouse Wood Rafters

tall bronze barrel below skylight

Tall Bronze Barrel Below Skylight

indoor brick wall texture

Indoor Brick Wall Texture

exposed wooden ceiling beams

Exposed Wooden Ceiling Beams

barrels aging in winery

Barrels Aging In Winery

yellow ink with black drops

Yellow Ink With Black Drops

teal ink with red drops

Teal Ink With Red Drops

red ink drop on white

Red Ink Drop On White

red ink drop in yellow liquid

Red Ink Drop In Yellow Liquid

red and green ink twisted

Red And Green Ink Twisted

purple ink with green and black drops

Purple Ink With Green And Black Drops

purple ink into green and yellow

Purple Ink Into Green And Yellow

purple ink cloud

Purple Ink Cloud

purple ink cloud with black drops

Purple Ink Cloud With Black Drops

purple and red ink pool on white

Purple And Red Ink Pool On White

purple and green ink lines

Purple And Green Ink Lines

purple and green ink from side

Purple And Green Ink From Side

purple and black ink drop

Purple And Black Ink Drop

green orange and yellow ink cloud

Green Orange And Yellow Ink Cloud

green ink with yellow and orange drop

Green Ink With Yellow And Orange Drop

green ink streams on white

Green Ink Streams On White

bright purple ink drop on white

Bright Purple Ink Drop On White

blue and purple ink abstract face

Blue And Purple Ink Abstract Face

black and yellow ink with red drop

Black And Yellow Ink With Red Drop

black and yellow ink streams upwards

Black And Yellow Ink Streams Upwards

black and yellow ink cloud

Black And Yellow Ink Cloud

white linear angled architecture

White Linear Angled Architecture

urban street in morning

Urban Street In Morning

urban buildings with traffic

Urban Buildings With Traffic

under city iron bridge

Under City Iron Bridge

towering new york building from above

Towering New York Building From Above

new york three bridges

New York Three Bridges

new york city buildings and water towers

New York City Buildings And Water Towers

new york bridges from above

New York Bridges From Above

long view of new york city

Long View Of New York City

geometric glass city architecture

Geometric Glass City Architecture

empire state top cloudy sky

Empire State Top Cloudy Sky

city lights through rain window

City Lights Through Rain Window

city behind greenery

City Behind Greenery

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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.