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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lighthouse on rocks overlooks water

Lighthouse On Rocks Overlooks Water

sunset against a city with hills in the background

Sunset Against A City With Hills In The Background

blue skies over rocky hill silhouette

Blue Skies Over Rocky Hill Silhouette

long wooden pier on blue ocean

Long Wooden Pier On Blue Ocean

natural light on bright floral arrangement

Natural Light On Bright Floral Arrangement

frosty winter ice

Frosty Winter Ice

rocky shores of oregon usa

Rocky Shores Of Oregon Usa

soccer field with hillside landscape

Soccer Field With Hillside Landscape

Sunrises On Snow Covered Mountains Towards Frosty Hills

Sunrises On Snow Covered Mountains Towards Frosty Hills

sunlight ducks below the horizon

Sunlight Ducks Below The Horizon

helicopter flying over portland

Helicopter Flying Over Portland

twin condo towers

Twin Condo Towers

cascade of hydrangea blossoms

Cascade Of Hydrangea Blossoms

lines of trees in snow

Lines Of Trees In Snow

close up of fern fronds

Close Up Of Fern Fronds

led lights glow on ferris wheel

LED Lights Glow On Ferris Wheel

white crane in water side profile

White Crane In Water Side Profile

close up of jean fabric

Close Up of Jean Fabric

snowy mountain view

Snowy Mountain View

branches in bog

Branches In Bog

red foiled chocolate hearts in shape of a heart

Red Foiled Chocolate Hearts In Shape Of A Heart

lifeguard chair on an empty beach

Lifeguard Chair On An Empty Beach

cone of leaves

Cone Of Leaves

bundle of lavender against a yellow backdrop

Bundle Of Lavender Against A Yellow Backdrop

woman admiring eastern architecture

Woman Admiring Eastern Architecture

black round sunglasses on top left of blue background

Black Round Sunglasses On Top Left Of Blue Background

tourist views seaside

Tourist Views Seaside

window cleaners portrait

Window Cleaners Portrait

white flower blooming below a warm sunset

White Flower Blooming Below A Warm Sunset

distant snowy mountains behind a clear blue lake

Distant Snowy Mountains Behind A Clear Blue Lake

green leaves of a plant

Green Leaves Of A Plant

snowy mountains and a winding dirt road

Snowy Mountains And A Winding Dirt Road

get started today on dark wood background

Get Started Today On Dark Wood Background

waterfall through a lush green forest

Waterfall Through A Lush Green Forest

basketball court hoop shadow

Basketball Court Hoop Shadow

orange colors of cascading ripples in water

Orange Colors Of Cascading Ripples In Water

dried sunflower field

Dried Sunflower Field

icy lake and snowy mountain tops

Icy Lake And Snowy Mountain Tops

window cleaners

Window Cleaners

dock out into water

Dock Out Into Water

sunset on open water

Sunset On Open Water

top view of a green teapot on a pink background

Top View Of A Green Teapot On A Pink Background

sunset on a large crane and big sky

Sunset On A Large Crane And Big Sky

aerial view of frozen pier

Aerial View Of Frozen Pier

golden spoon and metallic liquid

Golden Spoon And Metallic Liquid

patterns from in antelope canyon

Patterns From In Antelope Canyon

close up on evergreen bonzai

Close Up On Evergreen Bonzai

railway painted on red barnboard

Railway Painted On Red Barnboard

roasted coffee beans on white fabric

Roasted Coffee Beans On White Fabric

red foiled chocolate hearts scattered on black

Red Foiled Chocolate Hearts Scattered On Black

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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.