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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wavy water and choppy waves at golden hour

Wavy Water And Choppy Waves At Golden Hour

bridge over water oregon

Bridge Over Water Oregon

deep blue sky over lighthouse

Deep Blue Sky Over Lighthouse

moody pine tree branches

Moody Pine Tree Branches

red rock cave

Red Rock Cave

boat under foggy bridge

Boat Under Foggy Bridge

hanging dead sunflower

Hanging Dead Sunflower

blue wavy water of a swimming pool

Blue Wavy Water Of A Swimming Pool

platform 10 sign on brick wall at station

Platform 10 Sign On Brick Wall At Station

new york skyline from the water

New York Skyline From The Water

ocean shore city at dusk

Ocean Shore City At Dusk

wet pavement reflects a building and city night lights

Wet Pavement Reflects A Building And City Night Lights

mountain lake scene

Mountain Lake Scene

empty cup surrounded by coffee beans

Empty Cup Surrounded By Coffee Beans

trees in shenzhen

Trees In Shenzhen

a duck takes in the setting sun on the water

A Duck Takes In The Setting Sun On The Water

beacon nestled at the edge of a cliff

Beacon Nestled At The Edge Of A Cliff

close up of a small yellow flower with small petals

Close Up Of A Small Yellow Flower With Small Petals

off center vivid floral bouquet in clear vase

Off Center Vivid Floral Bouquet In Clear Vase

autumn landscape from hilltops

Autumn Landscape From Hilltops

sea stack by ocean at low tide

Sea Stack By Ocean At Low Tide

end of a rivers journey

End Of A Rivers Journey

Small Wooden Structures In A Brown Grassy Field

Small Wooden Structures In A Brown Grassy Field

stem of queen annes lace

Stem Of Queen Annes Lace

toronto city summer skyline

Toronto City Summer Skyline

pink blossoms over crumbling walls

Pink Blossoms Over Crumbling Walls

view of the forest floor

View Of The Forest Floor

branches with spring blossoms frame a mountian view

Branches With Spring Blossoms Frame A Mountian View

boat making waves on lake

Boat Making Waves On Lake

a camel is lead by yellow lead

A Camel Is Lead By Yellow Lead

waterfall over rocky cliff

Waterfall Over Rocky Cliff

picturesque tide rolling below a sunset

Picturesque Tide Rolling Below A Sunset

cloudy day beach camp out

Cloudy Day Beach Camp Out

three rocks and a road

Three Rocks And A Road

white moon on crisp blue daytime sky lined by rocky cliffs

White Moon On Crisp Blue Daytime Sky Lined By Rocky Cliffs

close up of lite blue jean fabric

Close Up of Lite Blue Jean Fabric

row of yellow trees by field and hills

Row Of Yellow Trees By Field And Hills

colourful light creates bokeh

Colourful Light Creates Bokeh

sunsets over distant trees and the water

Sunsets Over Distant Trees And The Water

football field turf paint

Football Field Turf Paint

single rock in shallow sea

Single Rock In Shallow Sea

rock formations on oregon coast

Rock Formations On Oregon Coast

top view of a teapot against a grey background

Top View Of A Teapot Against A Grey Background

small wild white flowers on sunny day

Small Wild White Flowers On Sunny Day

sunset splashing over rocks

Sunset Splashing Over Rocks

autumn harvest pumpkins and gourds

Autumn Harvest Pumpkins And Gourds

silver cornet musical instrument

Silver Cornet Musical Instrument

waves come in after low tide

Waves Come In After Low Tide

round temple with detailed decor

Round Temple With Detailed Decor

lighthouse on rocks overlooks water

Lighthouse On Rocks Overlooks Water

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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.