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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village in china below hillside

Village In China Below Hillside


red and white flower with green stem

Red And White Flower With Green Stem


portrait race track lines texture

Portrait Race Track Lines Texture


woman photographs beautiful architecture

Woman Photographs Beautiful Architecture


rocky reflection by mountain

Rocky Reflection By Mountain


pineapple with aviator sunglasses

Pineapple With Aviator Sunglasses


chinese flag on temple rooftop

Chinese Flag On Temple Rooftop


modern architecture curve with windows

Modern Architecture Curve With Windows


tall ship docked in fog

Tall Ship Docked In Fog


hiker stops near edge

Hiker Stops Near Edge


dry tips on long slim leaves

Dry Tips On Long Slim Leaves


grey sky over fall field

Grey Sky Over Fall Field


hand holding baseball on red

Hand Holding Baseball On Red


grey storm clouds over dry farm field

Grey Storm Clouds Over Dry Farm Field


boat parked in english waters

Boat Parked In English Waters


camera lens propped on a bottle

Camera Lens Propped On A Bottle


blue and orange tide rolls into shore

Blue And Orange Tide Rolls Into Shore


yellow spotted leaves

Yellow Spotted Leaves


sunset creates colorful sky over trees

Sunset Creates Colorful Sky Over Trees


close up of aged wood

Close Up Of Aged Wood


people walk through cobbled street in summer

People Walk Through Cobbled Street In Summer


marina by hills

Marina By Hills


stone surrounded by ground cover

Stone Surrounded By Ground Cover


close up of tree bark

Close Up Of Tree Bark


mountain by glassy lake with reflection

Mountain By Glassy Lake With Reflection


lensball tunnell at train station

Lensball Tunnell At Train Station


florence rooftops

Florence Rooftops


apartment view shanghai

Apartment View Shanghai


curved city street

Curved City Street


green tree top leaves

Green Tree Top Leaves


wooden hiking path

Wooden Hiking Path


wide angle chinese temple

Wide Angle Chinese Temple


light ripples on water

Light Ripples On Water


person in a straw hat faces toward a blue sky

Person In A Straw Hat Faces Toward A Blue Sky


a lake side view of rocky mountains

A Lake Side View Of Rocky Mountains


lensball red and black basketball court

Lensball Red And Black Basketball Court


a close up of the bark on an old tree

A Close Up Of The Bark On An Old Tree


green leaf closeup

Green Leaf Closeup


black cat sits by the rocks

Black Cat Sits By The Rocks


sunbeams rising through forest trees

Sunbeams Rising Through Forest Trees


close up of the pocket of lite blue jeans

Close Up of The Pocket of Lite Blue Jeans


fall forest opens out to blue lake

Fall Forest Opens Out To Blue Lake


protected by rocks under deep blue sky

Protected By Rocks Under Deep Blue SKy


mount hood with calm lake reflection

Mount Hood With Calm Lake Reflection


person cups a blank piece of white paper in hands

Person Cups A Blank Piece Of White Paper In Hands


an island filled with palm trees

An Island Filled With Palm Trees


blue natural landscape

Blue Natural Landscape


race track texture

Race Track Texture


lush forest on a foggy day

Lush Forest On A Foggy Day


rocky seaside cliffs and foggy ocean air

Rocky Seaside Cliffs And Foggy Ocean Air


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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.