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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frost coated nature

Frost Coated Nature

cold winter leaf

Cold Winter Leaf

cold winter ice

Cold Winter Ice

tree blossoms blooming

Tree Blossoms Blooming

seaweed washed up on beach

Seaweed Washed Up On Beach

pink spring tree blossoms

Pink Spring Tree Blossoms

pink spring blossoms

Pink Spring Blossoms

magnolia in bloom

Magnolia In Bloom

beach volleyball courts

Beach Volleyball Courts

beach sun reflections

Beach Sun Reflections

old fashioned telephone

Old Fashioned Telephone

unique brick texture

Unique Brick Texture

ferns reach for sun

Ferns Reach For Sun

branches in bog

Branches In Bog

light reflects on water

Light Reflects On Water

lake water ripples

Lake Water Ripples

lake lighting

Lake Lighting

octopus tentacle

Octopus Tentacle

north american north

North American North

victoria bc town hall building

Victoria BC Town Hall Building

beach sunset

Beach Sunset

autumn shore

Autumn Shore

rippling lake

Rippling Lake

forest rain fall

Forest Rain Fall

clouded sky over lake

Clouded Sky Over Lake

watery rice fields

Watery Rice Fields

stoney beach

Stoney Beach

marina by hills

Marina By Hills

ancient temples

Ancient Temples

water under bridge

Water Under Bridge

view from rooftop

View From Rooftop

tower in florence

Tower In Florence

florence rooftops

Florence Rooftops

florence italy haze

Florence Italy Haze

city view binoculars

City View Binoculars

basilica rooftop walk

Basilica Rooftop Walk

basilica roof

Basilica Roof

sailboats in cove

Sailboats In Cove

rocky hills

Rocky Hills

orange vertical lines

Orange Vertical Lines

hillside plantlife

Hillside Plantlife

wildflowers reaching for sun

Wildflowers Reaching For Sun



tree branches at sunset

Tree Branches At Sunset

pinecone close up

Pinecone Close Up

maple branch & buds

Maple Branch & Buds

night view of brooklyn bridge

Night View Of Brooklyn Bridge

thin plant stems in sun

Thin Plant Stems In Sun

tent at fields edge

Tent At Fields Edge

tall field plant growth

Tall Field Plant Growth

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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.