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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cement circles line the wall under an overpass

Cement Circles Line The Wall Under An Overpass

small puppy plays in a fresh winter snowfall

Small Puppy Plays In A Fresh Winter Snowfall

blanket of leaves

Blanket Of Leaves

close up on evergreen bonzai

Close Up On Evergreen Bonzai

a pocket of forest in a dense city

A Pocket Of Forest In A Dense City

mound of leaves against black

Mound Of Leaves Against Black

white house covered in vines

White House Covered In Vines

window cleaners

Window Cleaners

the berlin tower at twilight

The Berlin Tower At Twilight

golden spoon and metallic liquid

Golden Spoon And Metallic Liquid

triangle made of round circles

Triangle Made Of Round Circles

railway painted on red barnboard

Railway Painted On Red Barnboard

buildings of all colors overlooking river

Buildings Of All Colors Overlooking River

town on the water on a clear night

Town On The Water On A Clear Night

purple and green leaves against black

Purple And Green Leaves Against Black

a waterfall cascades down the side of a large cliff

A Waterfall Cascades Down The Side Of A Large Cliff

grassy pond with a grey mountain behind

Grassy Pond With A Grey Mountain Behind

lush green artificial plant in pot

Lush Green Artificial Plant In Pot

american mount hood

American Mount Hood

frost coated nature

Frost Coated Nature

pond on a mountain range reflecting the mountain view

Pond On A Mountain Range Reflecting The Mountain View

the first light of day over a mountain range

The First Light Of Day Over A Mountain Range

close up of a daisy with yellow center

Close Up Of A Daisy With Yellow Center

stone walkway with trees and a view

Stone Walkway With Trees And A View

abstract marbled colors in pink and purple

Abstract Marbled Colors In Pink And Purple

roof tops at sunset in an industrial setting

Roof Tops At Sunset In An Industrial Setting

pink sunglasses sit in the middle of the frame

Pink Sunglasses Sit In The Middle Of The Frame

rain drops on a bright window

Rain Drops On A Bright Window

two people on a roof together taking in the sunset

Two People On A Roof Together Taking In The Sunset

some colorful boats docked in calm water

Some Colorful Boats Docked In Calm Water

large leaves of a green plant overlaid

Large Leaves Of A Green Plant Overlaid

hikers flock to lighthouse at sunset

Hikers Flock To Lighthouse At Sunset

red foiled hearts on a light blue background

Red Foiled Hearts On A Light Blue Background

view of a marina and an island airport

View Of A Marina And An Island Airport

farmland landscape with pointy tall trees

Farmland Landscape With Pointy Tall Trees

tide rushes into shore on hazy morning

Tide Rushes Into Shore On Hazy Morning

mountain top view over range

Mountain Top View Over Range

get started today sign on marble

Get Started Today Sign On Marble

leafy hedge spanning length of wall

Leafy Hedge Spanning Length Of Wall

hand placed on flower petals

Hand Placed On Flower Petals

mountains create valley shaped frame

Mountains Create Valley Shaped Frame

dried up flower in the wild

Dried Up Flower In The Wild

rocky shore and low clouds

Rocky Shore And Low Clouds

under a bridge with patterned shadows

Under A Bridge With Patterned Shadows

sunlight creates shadows from an overpass

Sunlight Creates Shadows From An Overpass

mount hood oregon at dusk

Mount Hood Oregon At Dusk

two silhouettes of people fishing at sunset

Two Silhouettes Of People Fishing At Sunset

snow covered mountains reflect on the water by a fall forest

Snow Covered Mountains Reflect On The Water By A Fall Forest

orange light rays over boastline at sunset

Orange Light Rays Over Boastline At Sunset

large cloudy sky overlooking water and islands

Large Cloudy Sky Overlooking Water And Islands

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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.