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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brick building with blue detail

Brick Building With Blue Detail

pine cones and acorns lined up on paper

Pine Cones And Acorns Lined Up On Paper

numbers and letters on an orange background

Numbers And Letters On An Orange Background

icy layers of winter shoreline

Icy Layers Of Winter Shoreline

black shoes on contrete with scattered leaves

Black Shoes On Contrete With Scattered Leaves

waves crash under morning sun

Waves Crash Under Morning Sun

aged france flag by water

Aged France Flag By Water

green fern leaves fill frame

Green Fern Leaves Fill Frame

reflections in front of place of worship

Reflections In Front Of Place Of Worship

textured channels in dry sand

Textured Channels In Dry Sand

purple hydrangea close up

Purple Hydrangea Close Up

rusting no smoking sign on brick wall

Rusting No Smoking Sign On Brick Wall

two slices of orange lay on a sunlit cutting board

Two Slices Of Orange Lay On A Sunlit Cutting Board

rapids rush downhill past rocks

Rapids Rush Downhill Past Rocks

shop now sign on dark wood

Shop Now Sign On Dark Wood

two matching archways side by side

Two Matching Archways Side By Side

seeds & pebbles

Seeds & Pebbles

sun cracked cliffs overlook bathers on a sandy beach

Sun Cracked Cliffs Overlook Bathers On A Sandy Beach

distant hikers on mountaineous landscape

Distant Hikers On Mountaineous Landscape

aerial shot of person atop parking lot

Aerial Shot Of Person Atop Parking Lot

blue sky behind basketball net

Blue Sky Behind Basketball Net

wild grass going to seed

Wild Grass Going To Seed

off the beaten path in fall season

Off The Beaten Path In Fall Season

sunlight creeps into antelope canyon

Sunlight Creeps Into Antelope Canyon

pinecone close up

Pinecone Close Up

sunset over city rail yard

Sunset Over City Rail Yard

snow dusted rocky path in winter

Snow Dusted Rocky Path In Winter

rocky lakeshore clouded sky

Rocky Lakeshore Clouded Sky

snowy mountains over grassy hills

Snowy Mountains Over Grassy Hills

bright blue bird houses

Bright Blue Bird Houses

get started today on marble background

Get Started Today On Marble Background

white wagtail catches an insect

White Wagtail Catches An Insect

leaf balances on rock by waterfall

Leaf Balances On Rock By Waterfall

bamboo stand with carving and color variations

Bamboo Stand With Carving And Color Variations

oregon haystack rock

Oregon Haystack Rock

luscious landscape

Luscious Landscape

mount hood peaks through forest

Mount Hood Peaks Through Forest

sunflower fills center of a frame

Sunflower Fills Center Of A Frame

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

sunlight illuminates rich fall colors

Sunlight Illuminates Rich Fall Colors

cedar and pinecones background

Cedar And Pinecones Background

red paint brush on textured background

Red Paint Brush On Textured Background

modern condo building under bright blue sky

Modern Condo Building Under Bright Blue Sky

young woman shrowded in symmetry

Young Woman Shrowded In Symmetry

dock on choppy cottage country lake

Dock On Choppy Cottage Country Lake

orange hanging from orange tree

Orange Hanging From Orange Tree

silhouettes of two people splashing on the beach

Silhouettes Of Two People Splashing On The Beach

small red lighthouse in the rocks

Small Red Lighthouse In The Rocks

bridge over water oregon

Bridge Over Water Oregon

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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.