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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coffee beans background

Coffee Beans Background


spider and web moonlight silhouette

Spider And Web Moonlight Silhouette


electric guitar held high

Electric Guitar Held High


fresh green and purple fancy lettuce

Fresh Green And Purple Fancy Lettuce


minimal image of tall plant against the wall

Minimal Image Of Tall Plant Against The Wall


daisies on pink

Daisies On Pink


small rocky island in blue ocean shallows

Small Rocky Island In Blue Ocean Shallows


sunset over fishing village

Sunset Over Fishing Village


fresh market vegetables

Fresh Market Vegetables


hiking green fields & hills

Hiking Green Fields & Hills


rainbow reaches for clouds by shore

Rainbow Reaches For Clouds By Shore


two rows of stacked shipping containers

Two Rows Of Stacked Shipping Containers


easter mini chocolate eggs texture

Easter Mini Chocolate Eggs Texture


stoney beach

Stoney Beach


high contrast upward glance at pink flowers in bloom

High Contrast Upward Glance At Pink Flowers In Bloom


deck and vines texture

Deck And Vines Texture


clouded hills

Clouded Hills


dried leaves frame bottom on wood background

Dried Leaves Frame Bottom On Wood Background


front facing view of minimal desk setup

Front Facing View Of Minimal Desk Setup


new york night skyline

New York Night Skyline


hotel bed with bamboo details

Hotel Bed With Bamboo Details


fog rolls through forest hillside

Fog Rolls Through forest Hillside


boat in the ocean

Boat In The Ocean


hand holding black pencil on red background

Hand Holding Black Pencil On Red Background


ripe red strawberries in a white bowl

Ripe Red Strawberries In A White Bowl


yellow flowers reach to blue sky

Yellow Flowers Reach to Blue Sky


berry wreath on marble

Berry Wreath On Marble


night view of brooklyn bridge

Night View Of Brooklyn Bridge


basket of fresh picked apple

Basket Of Fresh Picked Apple


icy glass branches

Icy Glass Branches


blue new york

Blue New York


pink church doors with neon hard above

Pink Church Doors With Neon Hard Above


bare winter tree branches

Bare Winter Tree Branches


blue nature

Blue Nature


succulent closeup

Succulent Closeup


autumn table decor

Autumn Table Decor


light art under northern lights

Light Art Under Northern Lights


toronto flatiron building in summer

Toronto Flatiron Building In Summer


starry night sky over forest

Starry Night Sky Over Forest


rustic wooden fence surrounding framland at sunset

Rustic wooden Fence Surrounding Framland At Sunset


white copper and wood background

White Copper And Wood Background


grainy hand falling down

Grainy Hand Falling Down


close up small pumpkin pile

Close Up Small Pumpkin Pile


cessna aircraft on tarmac

Cessna Aircraft On Tarmac


rural iceland sunset

Rural Iceland Sunset


delicate flower

Delicate Flower


four paper crafted carrots

Four Paper Crafted Carrots


noel letter tiles on snow

Noel Letter Tiles On Snow


red mesh texture close up

Red Mesh Texture Close Up


metal bridge angled beams

Metal Bridge Angled Beams


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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.