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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moody pine tree branches

Moody Pine Tree Branches

blue wavy water of a swimming pool

Blue Wavy Water Of A Swimming Pool

oregon haystack rock

Oregon Haystack Rock

snowy mountains over grassy hills

Snowy Mountains Over Grassy Hills

view of the forest floor

View Of The Forest Floor

pinecone close up

Pinecone Close Up

sunset over city rail yard

Sunset Over City Rail Yard

small red lighthouse in the rocks

Small Red Lighthouse In The Rocks

young woman shrowded in symmetry

Young Woman Shrowded In Symmetry

snow dusted rocky path in winter

Snow Dusted Rocky Path In Winter

seeds & pebbles

Seeds & Pebbles

get started today on marble background

Get Started Today On Marble Background

mountain lake scene

Mountain Lake Scene

mount hood peaks through forest

Mount Hood Peaks Through Forest

boat under foggy bridge

Boat Under Foggy Bridge

bright blue bird houses

Bright Blue Bird Houses

bamboo stand with carving and color variations

Bamboo Stand With Carving And Color Variations

modern condo building under bright blue sky

Modern Condo Building Under Bright Blue Sky

rocky lakeshore clouded sky

Rocky Lakeshore Clouded Sky

lighthouse on rocks overlooks water

Lighthouse On Rocks Overlooks Water

hanging dead sunflower

Hanging Dead Sunflower

black round sunglasses on top left of blue background

Black Round Sunglasses On Top Left Of Blue Background

new york skyline from the water

New York Skyline From The Water

trees in shenzhen

Trees In Shenzhen

three rocks and a road

Three Rocks And A Road

dock on choppy cottage country lake

Dock On Choppy Cottage Country Lake

green moss close up

Green Moss Close Up

small wild white flowers on sunny day

Small Wild White Flowers On Sunny Day

autumn landscape from hilltops

Autumn Landscape From Hilltops

bridge over water oregon

Bridge Over Water Oregon

green leaves of a plant

Green Leaves Of A Plant

row of yellow trees by field and hills

Row Of Yellow Trees By Field And Hills

red foiled chocolate hearts in shape of a heart

Red Foiled Chocolate Hearts In Shape Of A Heart

boat making waves on lake

Boat Making Waves On Lake

platform 10 sign on brick wall at station

Platform 10 Sign On Brick Wall At Station

lifeguard chair on an empty beach

Lifeguard Chair On An Empty Beach

pink blossoms over crumbling walls

Pink Blossoms Over Crumbling Walls

sea stack by ocean at low tide

Sea Stack By Ocean At Low Tide

waterfall over rocky cliff

Waterfall Over Rocky Cliff

sunset against a city with hills in the background

Sunset Against A City With Hills In The Background

cloudy day beach camp out

Cloudy Day Beach Camp Out

toronto city summer skyline

Toronto City Summer Skyline

rock formations on oregon coast

Rock Formations On Oregon Coast

stem of queen annes lace

Stem Of Queen Annes Lace

sunset on open water

Sunset On Open Water

waves come in after low tide

Waves Come In After Low Tide

abstract image of blue white marbling

Abstract Image Of Blue White Marbling

close up of jean fabric

Close Up of Jean Fabric

bundle of lavender against a yellow backdrop

Bundle Of Lavender Against A Yellow Backdrop

single rock in shallow sea

Single Rock In Shallow Sea

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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.