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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person stands by tall orange wall and looks up

Person Stands By Tall Orange Wall And Looks Up

pink sunglasses sit in the middle of the frame

Pink Sunglasses Sit In The Middle Of The Frame

mount hood oregon at dusk

Mount Hood Oregon At Dusk

mountain top view over range

Mountain Top View Over Range

tiny pumpkins big orange image

Tiny Pumpkins Big Orange Image

red foiled hearts on a light blue background

Red Foiled Hearts On A Light Blue Background

rocky coast line meets ocean waves

Rocky Coast Line Meets Ocean Waves

some colorful boats docked in calm water

Some Colorful Boats Docked In Calm Water

handcrafted goodness sign on marble

Handcrafted Goodness SIgn On Marble

fanned out rupees currency

Fanned Out Rupees Currency

single wheat sheaf lays against a lit blue background

Single Wheat Sheaf Lays Against A Lit Blue Background

race track lane lines

Race Track Lane Lines

a lighthouse sits on top of a cliff

A Lighthouse Sits On Top Of A Cliff

calm water laps the shoreline

Calm Water Laps The Shoreline

picture perfect trees

Picture Perfect Trees

waterside rock with icicles

Waterside Rock With Icicles

tree banches cast shadows on a building wall

Tree Banches Cast Shadows On A Building Wall

under a bridge with patterned shadows

Under A Bridge With Patterned Shadows

quiet lake and hills

Quiet Lake And Hills

view of the coast on a clear day

View Of The Coast On A Clear Day

large cloudy sky overlooking water and islands

Large Cloudy Sky Overlooking Water And Islands

roofs tops overlooking a packed city

Roofs Tops Overlooking A Packed City

yellow flower that is starting to bloom

Yellow Flower That Is Starting To Bloom

orange light rays over boastline at sunset

Orange Light Rays Over Boastline At Sunset

aqua blue river surrounded by trees

Aqua Blue River Surrounded By Trees

berlin at sunset on a clear day

Berlin At Sunset On A Clear Day

red foiled hearts lay on a light blue background

Red Foiled Hearts Lay On A Light Blue Background

snow covered mountains reflect on the water by a fall forest

Snow Covered Mountains Reflect On The Water By A Fall Forest

steaming winter water under train bridge

Steaming Winter Water Under Train Bridge

reaching bridge over water and mountians

Reaching Bridge Over Water And Mountians

sunsets in the desert silhouetting a person

Sunsets In The Desert Silhouetting A Person

aerial view of a green forest

Aerial View Of A Green Forest

italian cliffs

Italian Cliffs

a hand holding a mobile phone while looking at photos

A Hand Holding A Mobile Phone While Looking At Photos

black round sunglasses on top right of yellow background

Black Round Sunglasses On Top Right Of Yellow Background

get started today sign on dark wood

Get Started Today Sign On Dark Wood

rustic water tower

Rustic Water Tower

modern residential building under bright sun

Modern Residential Building Under Bright Sun

a black microphone mounted on a stand

A Black Microphone Mounted On A Stand

pistachio nuts macro

Pistachio Nuts Macro

golden hour reflecting on still water

Golden Hour Reflecting On Still Water

hikers on a red sandy desert hill

Hikers On A Red Sandy Desert Hill

hidden mountain paradise

Hidden Mountain Paradise

dry queen annes lace stem

Dry Queen Annes Lace Stem

cliffs and black rocks and ocean view

Cliffs And Black Rocks And Ocean View

church tower in china

Church Tower In China

dirt road runds through green trees drone

Dirt Road Runds Through Green Trees Drone

side of white building with windows and black balconies

Side Of White Building With Windows And Black Balconies

stream meets the sea at sunset

Stream Meets The Sea At Sunset

large ornate church doorway and pillars

Large Ornate Church Doorway And Pillars

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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.