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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large cloudy sky overlooking water and islands

Large Cloudy Sky Overlooking Water And Islands

person stands by tall orange wall and looks up

Person Stands By Tall Orange Wall And Looks Up

side of white building with windows and black balconies

Side Of White Building With Windows And Black Balconies

sunset by rural roads

Sunset By Rural Roads

tiny pumpkins big orange image

Tiny Pumpkins Big Orange Image

red foiled hearts lay on a light blue background

Red Foiled Hearts Lay On A Light Blue Background

view of the coast on a clear day

View Of The Coast On A Clear Day

single wheat sheaf lays against a lit blue background

Single Wheat Sheaf Lays Against A Lit Blue Background

a lighthouse sits on top of a cliff

A Lighthouse Sits On Top Of A Cliff

purple and white orchid close up

Purple And White Orchid Close Up

calm water laps the shoreline

Calm Water Laps The Shoreline

yellow flower that is starting to bloom

Yellow Flower That Is Starting To Bloom

handcrafted goodness sign on marble

Handcrafted Goodness SIgn On Marble

race track lane lines

Race Track Lane Lines

roofs tops overlooking a packed city

Roofs Tops Overlooking A Packed City

aqua blue river surrounded by trees

Aqua Blue River Surrounded By Trees

tree banches cast shadows on a building wall

Tree Banches Cast Shadows On A Building Wall

fanned out rupees currency

Fanned Out Rupees Currency

black round sunglasses on top right of yellow background

Black Round Sunglasses On Top Right Of Yellow Background

aerial view of a green forest

Aerial View Of A Green Forest

picture perfect trees

Picture Perfect Trees

reaching bridge over water and mountians

Reaching Bridge Over Water And Mountians

berlin at sunset on a clear day

Berlin At Sunset On A Clear Day

quiet lake and hills

Quiet Lake And Hills

a black microphone mounted on a stand

A Black Microphone Mounted On A Stand

waterside rock with icicles

Waterside Rock With Icicles

a hand holding a mobile phone while looking at photos

A Hand Holding A Mobile Phone While Looking At Photos

sunsets in the desert silhouetting a person

Sunsets In The Desert Silhouetting A Person

steaming winter water under train bridge

Steaming Winter Water Under Train Bridge

modern residential building under bright sun

Modern Residential Building Under Bright Sun

hidden mountain paradise

Hidden Mountain Paradise

italian cliffs

Italian Cliffs

red foiled hearts on a pink background

Red Foiled Hearts On A Pink Background

light leaks on silky water close up

Light Leaks On Silky Water Close Up

hikers on a red sandy desert hill

Hikers On A Red Sandy Desert Hill

pistachio nuts macro

Pistachio Nuts Macro

rustic water tower

Rustic Water Tower

get started today sign on dark wood

Get Started Today Sign On Dark Wood

snow covered trees line a snowy road

Snow Covered Trees Line A Snowy Road

red foiled hearts scattered on a white background

Red Foiled Hearts Scattered On A White Background

stream meets the sea at sunset

Stream Meets The Sea At Sunset

cliffs and black rocks and ocean view

Cliffs And Black Rocks And Ocean View

side of a building with no windows and a fences shadow

Side Of A Building With No Windows And A Fences Shadow

dirt road runds through green trees drone

Dirt Road Runds Through Green Trees Drone

two white daisies in a green field

Two White Daisies In A Green Field

three pairs of sunglasses lay on a pink background

Three Pairs Of Sunglasses Lay On A Pink Background

rustic tropical coastline

Rustic Tropical Coastline

dry queen annes lace stem

Dry Queen Annes Lace Stem

a cellphone floats in the middle of orange background

A Cellphone Floats In The Middle Of Orange Background

close up of a leaves texture with thick stem

Close Up Of A Leaves Texture With Thick Stem

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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.