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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woman silhouette sunset

Woman Silhouette Sunset


microphone on mic stand

Microphone On Mic Stand


yellow tv set on monochromatic seamless backdrop

Yellow TV Set On Monochromatic Seamless Backdrop


kayaks on dock

Kayaks On Dock


a secluded beach surrounded by cliffs

A Secluded Beach Surrounded By Cliffs


tall trees taller cliff

Tall Trees Taller Cliff


leafy plant on white wall

Leafy Plant On White Wall


tropical ocean boat

Tropical Ocean Boat


boardwalk through marsh under bright purple sky

Boardwalk Through Marsh Under Bright Purple Sky


toronto city skyline

Toronto City Skyline


starry nigh sky shows off galaxy

Starry Nigh Sky Shows Off Galaxy


lighthouse at sunset

Lighthouse At Sunset


red green pepper pile

Red Green Pepper Pile


pink spring blossoms

Pink Spring Blossoms


bamboo with engravings

Bamboo With Engravings


antelope canyon grand canyon arizona

Antelope Canyon Grand Canyon Arizona


purple flowers

Purple Flowers


lilies on ink white and gray

Lilies On Ink White And Gray


long grass growing in city

Long Grass Growing In City


feet hanging over cliff

Feet Hanging Over Cliff


arizona natural landscape

Arizona Natural Landscape


light behind leaf close up

Light Behind Leaf Close Up


ocean waves on beach

Ocean Waves On Beach


mother day background

Mother Day Background


tree branches at sunset

Tree Branches At Sunset


wood panel background framed by leaves

Wood Panel Background Framed By Leaves


closeup of clover leaves

Closeup Of Clover Leaves


dew on forrest branches in sunlight

Dew On Forrest Branches In Sunlight


rose pedals framing white surface

Rose Pedals Framing White Surface


city through glass ball

City Through Glass Ball


spring in dirt with flower pedals

Spring In Dirt With Flower Pedals


campfire

Campfire


urban green roof drone portrait

Urban Green Roof Drone Portrait


mountain peak through trees

Mountain Peak Through Trees


greenhouse gardening

Greenhouse Gardening


red and green ink twisted

Red And Green Ink Twisted


grapes on stem with moisture

Grapes On Stem With Moisture


old fashioned telephone

Old Fashioned Telephone


red ink drop in yellow liquid

Red Ink Drop In Yellow Liquid


colorful pencil crayons

Colorful Pencil Crayons


magnolia in bloom

Magnolia In Bloom


records texture

Records Texture


round parkade architecture

Round Parkade Architecture


glitter and unicorn costume headband

Glitter And Unicorn Costume Headband


pretty pink flower

Pretty Pink Flower


field of white tulip flowers

Field Of White Tulip Flowers


teal and pink abstract forms in water

Teal And Pink Abstract Forms In Water


leaves & white brick background

Leaves & White Brick Background


city skyscrapers & towers

City Skyscrapers & Towers


purple ink into green and yellow

Purple Ink Into Green And Yellow


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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.