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

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


curved metal and glass window

Curved Metal And Glass Window


pathway upwards on a steep cliff

Pathway Upwards On A Steep Cliff


abstract image of blue white marbling

Abstract Image Of Blue White Marbling


vivid flower arrangement in all colors

Vivid Flower Arrangement In All Colors


railway painted on red barnboard

Railway Painted On Red Barnboard


buildings of all colors overlooking river

Buildings Of All Colors Overlooking River


small puppy plays in a fresh winter snowfall

Small Puppy Plays In A Fresh Winter Snowfall


purple and green leaves against black

Purple And Green Leaves Against Black


american mount hood

American Mount Hood


cement circles line the wall under an overpass

Cement Circles Line The Wall Under An Overpass


white house covered in vines

White House Covered In Vines


triangle made of round circles

Triangle Made Of Round Circles


town on the water on a clear night

Town On The Water On A Clear Night


pink sunglasses on a pink surface

Pink Sunglasses On A Pink Surface


the berlin tower at twilight

The Berlin Tower At Twilight


a waterfall cascades down the side of a large cliff

A Waterfall Cascades Down The Side Of A Large Cliff


lush green artificial plant in pot

Lush Green Artificial Plant In Pot


frost coated nature

Frost Coated Nature


stone walkway with trees and a view

Stone Walkway With Trees And A View


the first light of day over a mountain range

The First Light Of Day Over A Mountain Range


grassy pond with a grey mountain behind

Grassy Pond With A Grey Mountain Behind


pond on a mountain range reflecting the mountain view

Pond On A Mountain Range Reflecting The Mountain View


roof tops at sunset in an industrial setting

Roof Tops At Sunset In An Industrial Setting


tide rushes into shore on hazy morning

Tide Rushes Into Shore On Hazy Morning


leafy hedge spanning length of wall

Leafy Hedge Spanning Length Of Wall


rain drops on a bright window

Rain Drops On A Bright Window


abstract marbled colors in pink and purple

Abstract Marbled Colors In Pink And Purple


get started today sign on marble

Get Started Today Sign On Marble


large leaves of a green plant overlaid

Large Leaves Of A Green Plant Overlaid


hand placed on flower petals

Hand Placed On Flower Petals


farmland landscape with pointy tall trees

Farmland Landscape With Pointy Tall Trees


dried up flower in the wild

Dried Up Flower In The Wild


rocky shore and low clouds

Rocky Shore And Low Clouds


pink sunglasses sit in the middle of the frame

Pink Sunglasses Sit In The Middle Of The Frame


two people on a roof together taking in the sunset

Two People On A Roof Together Taking In The Sunset


hikers flock to lighthouse at sunset

Hikers Flock To Lighthouse At Sunset


view of a marina and an island airport

View Of A Marina And An Island Airport


red foiled hearts on a light blue background

Red Foiled Hearts On A Light Blue Background


sunset by rural roads

Sunset By Rural Roads


two silhouettes of people fishing at sunset

Two Silhouettes Of People Fishing At Sunset


rocky coast line meets ocean waves

Rocky Coast Line Meets Ocean Waves


mountains create valley shaped frame

Mountains Create Valley Shaped Frame


close up of a daisy with yellow center

Close Up Of A Daisy With Yellow Center


under a bridge with patterned shadows

Under A Bridge With Patterned Shadows


sunlight creates shadows from an overpass

Sunlight Creates Shadows From An Overpass


purple and white orchid close up

Purple And White Orchid Close Up


mount hood oregon at dusk

Mount Hood Oregon At Dusk


mountain top view over range

Mountain Top View Over Range


person stands by tall orange wall and looks up

Person Stands By Tall Orange Wall And Looks Up


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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.