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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mount hood with calm lake reflection

Mount Hood With Calm Lake Reflection

white wagtail catches an insect

White Wagtail Catches An Insect

green leaf closeup

Green Leaf Closeup

race track texture

Race Track Texture

black shoes on contrete with scattered leaves

Black Shoes On Contrete With Scattered Leaves

aged france flag by water

Aged France Flag By Water

Small Wooden Structures In A Brown Grassy Field

Small Wooden Structures In A Brown Grassy Field

green fern leaves fill frame

Green Fern Leaves Fill Frame

pine cones and acorns lined up on paper

Pine Cones And Acorns Lined Up On Paper

rapids rush downhill past rocks

Rapids Rush Downhill Past Rocks

shop now sign on dark wood

Shop Now Sign On Dark Wood

rocky seaside cliffs and foggy ocean air

Rocky Seaside Cliffs And Foggy Ocean Air

brick building with blue detail

Brick Building With Blue Detail

rusting no smoking sign on brick wall

Rusting No Smoking Sign On Brick Wall

sunflower fills center of a frame

Sunflower Fills Center Of A Frame

off center vivid floral bouquet in clear vase

Off Center Vivid Floral Bouquet In Clear Vase

distant hikers on mountaineous landscape

Distant Hikers On Mountaineous Landscape

wet pavement reflects a building and city night lights

Wet Pavement Reflects A Building And City Night Lights

cellphone floats above a yellow background

Cellphone Floats Above A Yellow Background

paved road bends with red rocky hills in the background

Paved Road Bends With Red Rocky Hills In The Background

blue sky behind basketball net

Blue Sky Behind Basketball Net

sun cracked cliffs overlook bathers on a sandy beach

Sun Cracked Cliffs Overlook Bathers On A Sandy Beach

aerial shot of person atop parking lot

Aerial Shot Of Person Atop Parking Lot

wild grass going to seed

Wild Grass Going To Seed

seeds & pebbles

Seeds & Pebbles

ocean shore city at dusk

Ocean Shore City At Dusk

silhouettes of two people splashing on the beach

Silhouettes Of Two People Splashing On The Beach

snowy mountains over grassy hills

Snowy Mountains Over Grassy Hills

pinecone close up

Pinecone Close Up

leaf balances on rock by waterfall

Leaf Balances On Rock By Waterfall

wavy water and choppy waves at golden hour

Wavy Water And Choppy Waves At Golden Hour

luscious landscape

Luscious Landscape

snow dusted rocky path in winter

Snow Dusted Rocky Path In Winter

sunset over city rail yard

Sunset Over City Rail Yard

get started today on marble background

Get Started Today On Marble Background

a duck takes in the setting sun on the water

A Duck Takes In The Setting Sun On The Water

top view of a teapot against a grey background

Top View Of A Teapot Against A Grey Background

rocky lakeshore clouded sky

Rocky Lakeshore Clouded Sky

orange hanging from orange tree

Orange Hanging From Orange Tree

bamboo stand with carving and color variations

Bamboo Stand With Carving And Color Variations

branches with spring blossoms frame a mountian view

Branches With Spring Blossoms Frame A Mountian View

bright blue bird houses

Bright Blue Bird Houses

sunlight illuminates rich fall colors

Sunlight Illuminates Rich Fall Colors

moody pine tree branches

Moody Pine Tree Branches

cedar and pinecones background

Cedar And Pinecones Background

boat under foggy bridge

Boat Under Foggy Bridge

oregon haystack rock

Oregon Haystack Rock

mount hood peaks through forest

Mount Hood Peaks Through Forest

blue wavy water of a swimming pool

Blue Wavy Water Of A Swimming Pool

a camel is lead by yellow lead

A Camel Is Lead By Yellow Lead

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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.