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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paved road bends with red rocky hills in the background

Paved Road Bends With Red Rocky Hills In The Background

florence rooftops

Florence Rooftops

close up of tree bark

Close Up Of Tree Bark

wavy water and choppy waves at golden hour

Wavy Water And Choppy Waves At Golden Hour

mount hood with calm lake reflection

Mount Hood With Calm Lake Reflection

marina by hills

Marina By Hills

blue natural landscape

Blue Natural Landscape

stone surrounded by ground cover

Stone Surrounded By Ground Cover

green tree top leaves

Green Tree Top Leaves

wide angle chinese temple

Wide Angle Chinese Temple

silhouettes of two people splashing on the beach

Silhouettes Of Two People Splashing On The Beach

pine cones and acorns lined up on paper

Pine Cones And Acorns Lined Up On Paper

a close up of the bark on an old tree

A Close Up Of The Bark On An Old Tree

black shoes on contrete with scattered leaves

Black Shoes On Contrete With Scattered Leaves

wet pavement reflects a building and city night lights

Wet Pavement Reflects A Building And City Night Lights

green leaf closeup

Green Leaf Closeup

race track texture

Race Track Texture

cellphone floats above a yellow background

Cellphone Floats Above A Yellow Background

top view of a teapot against a grey background

Top View Of A Teapot Against A Grey Background

orange hanging from orange tree

Orange Hanging From Orange Tree

sun cracked cliffs overlook bathers on a sandy beach

Sun Cracked Cliffs Overlook Bathers On A Sandy Beach

aged france flag by water

Aged France Flag By Water

Sunrises On Snow Covered Mountains Towards Frosty Hills

Sunrises On Snow Covered Mountains Towards Frosty Hills

distant hikers on mountaineous landscape

Distant Hikers On Mountaineous Landscape

natural light on bright floral arrangement

Natural Light On Bright Floral Arrangement

beacon nestled at the edge of a cliff

Beacon Nestled At The Edge Of A Cliff

rocky seaside cliffs and foggy ocean air

Rocky Seaside Cliffs And Foggy Ocean Air

shop now sign on dark wood

Shop Now Sign On Dark Wood

ocean shore city at dusk

Ocean Shore City At Dusk

sunlight ducks below the horizon

Sunlight Ducks Below The Horizon

sunlight illuminates rich fall colors

Sunlight Illuminates Rich Fall Colors

cedar and pinecones background

Cedar And Pinecones Background

a duck takes in the setting sun on the water

A Duck Takes In The Setting Sun On The Water

rusting no smoking sign on brick wall

Rusting No Smoking Sign On Brick Wall

brick building with blue detail

Brick Building With Blue Detail

luscious landscape

Luscious Landscape

colourful light creates bokeh

Colourful Light Creates Bokeh

rapids rush downhill past rocks

Rapids Rush Downhill Past Rocks

aerial shot of person atop parking lot

Aerial Shot Of Person Atop Parking Lot

close up of a small yellow flower with small petals

Close Up Of A Small Yellow Flower With Small Petals

end of a rivers journey

End Of A Rivers Journey

sunsets over distant trees and the water

Sunsets Over Distant Trees And The Water

deep blue sky over lighthouse

Deep Blue Sky Over Lighthouse

blue sky behind basketball net

Blue Sky Behind Basketball Net

wild grass going to seed

Wild Grass Going To Seed

moody pine tree branches

Moody Pine Tree Branches

blue wavy water of a swimming pool

Blue Wavy Water Of A Swimming Pool

person with fishing rod of mossy green rocks

Person With Fishing Rod Of Mossy Green Rocks

leaf balances on rock by waterfall

Leaf Balances On Rock By Waterfall

picturesque tide rolling below a sunset

Picturesque Tide Rolling Below A Sunset

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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.