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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white flower blooming below a warm sunset

White Flower Blooming Below A Warm Sunset

white moon on crisp blue daytime sky lined by rocky cliffs

White Moon On Crisp Blue Daytime Sky Lined By Rocky Cliffs

sunset splashing over rocks

Sunset Splashing Over Rocks

red foiled chocolate hearts scattered on black

Red Foiled Chocolate Hearts Scattered On Black

woman admiring eastern architecture

Woman Admiring Eastern Architecture

long wooden pier on blue ocean

Long Wooden Pier On Blue Ocean

cone of leaves

Cone Of Leaves

cascade of hydrangea blossoms

Cascade Of Hydrangea Blossoms

football field turf paint

Football Field Turf Paint

waterfall through a lush green forest

Waterfall Through A Lush Green Forest

silver cornet musical instrument

Silver Cornet Musical Instrument

autumn harvest pumpkins and gourds

Autumn Harvest Pumpkins And Gourds

tall fall trees with a leaf covered path in brown and yellow

Tall Fall Trees With A Leaf Covered Path In Brown And Yellow

a single tree and cow silhouetted by the sunrise

A Single Tree And Cow Silhouetted By The Sunrise

top view of a green teapot on a pink background

Top View Of A Green Teapot On A Pink Background

round temple with detailed decor

Round Temple With Detailed Decor

vivid flower arrangement in all colors

Vivid Flower Arrangement In All Colors

distant snowy mountains behind a clear blue lake

Distant Snowy Mountains Behind A Clear Blue Lake

red foiled chocolate hearts against a pink background

Red Foiled Chocolate Hearts Against A Pink Background

snowy mountains and a winding dirt road

Snowy Mountains And A Winding Dirt Road

blue skies over rocky hill silhouette

Blue Skies Over Rocky Hill Silhouette

helicopter flying over portland

Helicopter Flying Over Portland

white crane in water side profile

White Crane In Water Side Profile

close up of fern fronds

Close Up Of Fern Fronds

rocky shores of oregon usa

Rocky Shores Of Oregon Usa

soccer field with hillside landscape

Soccer Field With Hillside Landscape

frosty winter ice

Frosty Winter Ice

lines of trees in snow

Lines Of Trees In Snow

orange colors of cascading ripples in water

Orange Colors Of Cascading Ripples In Water

pathway upwards on a steep cliff

Pathway Upwards On A Steep Cliff

snowy mountain view

Snowy Mountain View

led lights glow on ferris wheel

LED Lights Glow On Ferris Wheel

Small Colored Birds Perched On Bare Tree Branches

Small Colored Birds Perched On Bare Tree Branches

twin condo towers

Twin Condo Towers

pink sunglasses on a pink surface

Pink Sunglasses On A Pink Surface

window cleaners portrait

Window Cleaners Portrait

cement circles line the wall under an overpass

Cement Circles Line The Wall Under An Overpass

triangle made of round circles

Triangle Made Of Round Circles

sunset on a large crane and big sky

Sunset On A Large Crane And Big Sky

orange tide rolls into shore

Orange Tide Rolls Into Shore

healthy as an ox

Healthy As An Ox

roasted coffee beans on white fabric

Roasted Coffee Beans On White Fabric

the berlin tower at twilight

The Berlin Tower At Twilight

close up of a daisy with yellow center

Close Up Of A Daisy With Yellow Center

basketball court hoop shadow

Basketball Court Hoop Shadow

tourist views seaside

Tourist Views Seaside

patterns from in antelope canyon

Patterns From In Antelope Canyon

curved metal and glass window

Curved Metal And Glass Window

get started today on dark wood background

Get Started Today On Dark Wood Background

branches in bog

Branches In Bog

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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.