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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thick lush green forest

Thick Lush Green Forest

red ink on yellow and blue

Red Ink On Yellow And Blue

international money

International Money

toronto stunning sunset

Toronto Stunning Sunset

canyon sky landscape

Canyon Sky Landscape

iphone photography landscape

iPhone Photography Landscape

red tropical flower

Red Tropical Flower

mossy cliffs by glacier springs

Mossy Cliffs By Glacier Springs

flatiron building in new york city

Flatiron Building In New York City

layered plant leaves iphone wallpaper

Layered Plant Leaves iPhone Wallpaper

pink tulips on wood texture

Pink Tulips On Wood Texture

happy valentines day

Happy Valentines Day

african safari sunset

African Safari Sunset

dancing with temples in the orange mist

Dancing With Temples In The Orange Mist



thailand beach

Thailand Beach

lakeside cliffs and blue sky

Lakeside Cliffs And Blue Sky

geometric glass city architecture

Geometric Glass City Architecture

snow monkey in japan

Snow Monkey In Japan

colourful lights through frozen texture

Colourful Lights Through Frozen Texture

long highway in arizona desert

Long Highway In Arizona Desert

beakers for science with water

Beakers For Science With Water

black balloon on yellow

Black Balloon On Yellow

fashionable man by textured wall

Fashionable Man By Textured Wall

scales of justice

Scales Of Justice

turquoise brick wall texture

Turquoise Brick Wall Texture

textured rainbow

Textured Rainbow

spilled milk on blue

Spilled Milk On Blue

ripples of sand in black and white

Ripples Of Sand In Black And White

tent at fields edge

Tent At Fields Edge

woman in prairie fields

Woman in Prairie Fields

spain mountains

Spain Mountains

sphere of glowing street lights in night sky

Sphere Of Glowing Street Lights In Night Sky

open road at sunset

Open Road At Sunset

fall leaves in fallen tree

Fall Leaves In Fallen Tree

city behind greenery

City Behind Greenery

sunset waves

Sunset Waves

scenic mountain landscape

Scenic Mountain Landscape

looking up at trees

Looking Up At Trees

pride dog

Pride Dog

tropical waterfall

Tropical Waterfall

mountain landscape with river

Mountain Landscape With River

warm sunny palmtrees

Warm Sunny Palmtrees

mint green and red ink drop

Mint Green And Red Ink Drop

bicycle in the garden

Bicycle In The Garden

nature elk wildlife adventure mountains

Nature Elk Wildlife Adventure Mountains

colorful party plates

Colorful Party Plates

long view of new york city

Long View Of New York City

medium close up of cherry blossoms and fresh spring leaves

Medium Close Up Of Cherry Blossoms And Fresh Spring Leaves

tropical beach

Tropical Beach

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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.