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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red foiled hearts on a pink background

Red Foiled Hearts On A Pink Background

side of a building with no windows and a fences shadow

Side Of A Building With No Windows And A Fences Shadow

green foliage with pink and white flowers

Green Foliage With Pink And White Flowers

flamingos standing in water with mountains in distance

Flamingos Standing In Water With Mountains In Distance

snow covered trees line a snowy road

Snow Covered Trees Line A Snowy Road

three pairs of sunglasses lay on a pink background

Three Pairs Of Sunglasses Lay On A Pink Background

macintosh apple trees in orchard

Macintosh Apple Trees In Orchard

light leaks on silky water close up

Light Leaks On Silky Water Close Up

haystack rock oregon coast

Haystack Rock Oregon Coast

oceanside town at sunset

Oceanside Town At Sunset

a cellphone floats in the middle of orange background

A Cellphone Floats In The Middle Of Orange Background

lighthouse peaks over a cliff at sunset

Lighthouse Peaks Over A Cliff At Sunset

two white daisies in a green field

Two White Daisies In A Green Field

red foiled hearts scattered on a white background

Red Foiled Hearts Scattered On A White Background

close up of a leaves texture with thick stem

Close Up Of A Leaves Texture With Thick Stem

orange pumpkin pile close up

Orange Pumpkin Pile Close Up

cliffs form shadows by the sea

Cliffs Form Shadows By The Sea

rustic tropical coastline

Rustic Tropical Coastline

top of fern branches against black

Top Of Fern Branches Against Black

misty ocean coast with crashing waves

Misty Ocean Coast With Crashing Waves

contoured landscape in black and white

Contoured Landscape In Black And White

queen anns lace texture

Queen Anns Lace Texture

dry sunflower field texture

Dry Sunflower Field Texture

clay temple rooftop

Clay Temple Rooftop

three pine cones on crinkled paper

Three Pine Cones On Crinkled Paper

cellphone levitates above an orange background

Cellphone Levitates Above An Orange Background

close up of variegated leaves

Close Up Of Variegated Leaves

broken stem in dry field

Broken Stem In Dry Field

leaf floating in rocky stream

Leaf Floating In Rocky Stream

aged sports field risers

Aged Sports Field Risers

get started today sign on stone

Get Started Today Sign On Stone

detailed fern leaves close up

Detailed Fern Leaves Close Up

water tower at camp

Water Tower At Camp

view through moss covered mountains

View Through Moss Covered Mountains

red tailed hawk bird of prey

Red Tailed Hawk Bird Of Prey

a single tree in the middle of a green grassy field

A Single Tree In The Middle Of A Green Grassy Field

cellphone floats above a soft pink background

Cellphone Floats Above A Soft Pink Background

looking up the the corner of a checkered building

Looking Up The The Corner Of A Checkered Building

view of a rustic textured hillside

View Of A Rustic Textured Hillside

off center vivid floral arrangement

Off Center Vivid Floral Arrangement

white crane head closeup

White Crane Head Closeup

white crane in water walking forward

White Crane In Water Walking Forward

close up of a wild plants green leaves

Close Up Of A Wild Plants Green Leaves

waves crash on side of seastack

Waves Crash On Side Of Seastack

cheery blossom flowers from below

Cheery Blossom Flowers From Below

wild grass on an ocean coastal range

Wild Grass On An Ocean Coastal Range

fall leaves create ripples in water

Fall Leaves Create Ripples In Water

close up of soft pink flower petals

Close Up Of Soft Pink Flower Petals

ominous building seen from below

Ominous Building Seen From Below

lone tree in a green grassy field

Lone Tree In A Green Grassy Field

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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.