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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close up of a leaves texture with thick stem

Close Up Of A Leaves Texture With Thick Stem

church tower in china

Church Tower In China

large ornate church doorway and pillars

Large Ornate Church Doorway And Pillars

macintosh apple trees in orchard

Macintosh Apple Trees In Orchard

flamingos standing in water with mountains in distance

Flamingos Standing In Water With Mountains In Distance

cheery blossom flowers from below

Cheery Blossom Flowers From Below

cliffs form shadows by the sea

Cliffs Form Shadows By The Sea

top of fern branches against black

Top Of Fern Branches Against Black

haystack rock oregon coast

Haystack Rock Oregon Coast

oceanside town at sunset

Oceanside Town At Sunset

lighthouse peaks over a cliff at sunset

Lighthouse Peaks Over A Cliff At Sunset

get started today sign on stone

Get Started Today Sign On Stone

orange pumpkin pile close up

Orange Pumpkin Pile Close Up

cellphone levitates above an orange background

Cellphone Levitates Above An Orange Background

misty ocean coast with crashing waves

Misty Ocean Coast With Crashing Waves

queen anns lace texture

Queen Anns Lace Texture

off center vivid floral arrangement

Off Center Vivid Floral Arrangement

clay temple rooftop

Clay Temple Rooftop

dry sunflower field texture

Dry Sunflower Field Texture

leaf floating in rocky stream

Leaf Floating In Rocky Stream

cellphone floats above a soft pink background

Cellphone Floats Above A Soft Pink Background

three pine cones on crinkled paper

Three Pine Cones On Crinkled Paper

close up of soft pink flower petals

Close Up Of Soft Pink Flower Petals

close up of variegated leaves

Close Up Of Variegated Leaves

a single tree in the middle of a green grassy field

A Single Tree In The Middle Of A Green Grassy Field

aged sports field risers

Aged Sports Field Risers

looking up the the corner of a checkered building

Looking Up The The Corner Of A Checkered Building

water tower at camp

Water Tower At Camp

broken stem in dry field

Broken Stem In Dry Field

detailed fern leaves close up

Detailed Fern Leaves Close Up

view through moss covered mountains

View Through Moss Covered Mountains

red tailed hawk bird of prey

Red Tailed Hawk Bird Of Prey

fall leaves create ripples in water

Fall Leaves Create Ripples In Water

close up of a wild plants green leaves

Close Up Of A Wild Plants Green Leaves

tiny boats navigate choppy waters

Tiny Boats Navigate Choppy Waters

white crane in water walking forward

White Crane In Water Walking Forward

wild grass on an ocean coastal range

Wild Grass On An Ocean Coastal Range

waves crash on side of seastack

Waves Crash On Side Of Seastack

white crane head closeup

White Crane Head Closeup

lone tree in a green grassy field

Lone Tree In A Green Grassy Field

person in orange sits on dock

Person In Orange Sits On Dock

calm glass like water with rolling hills behind

Calm Glass Like Water With Rolling Hills Behind

ominous building seen from below

Ominous Building Seen From Below

brown grass pokes out of freshly fallen snow

Brown Grass Pokes Out Of Freshly Fallen Snow

silhouetted people sitting on rocks by the setting sun

Silhouetted People Sitting On Rocks By The Setting Sun

Cold Winding River In A Snow Covered Forest

Cold Winding River In A Snow Covered Forest

all the autumn colors seen from above

All The Autumn Colors Seen From Above

black background and green leaves of a plant

Black Background And Green Leaves Of A Plant

a black microphone lays on yellow backdrop

A Black Microphone Lays On Yellow Backdrop

waterfall from rock formations over grass

Waterfall From Rock Formations Over Grass

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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.