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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black crow in flight

Black Crow In Flight

japanese garden rock texture

Japanese Garden Rock Texture

fresh lettuce greens in bowl

Fresh Lettuce Greens In Bowl

vintage blue robot portrait wide

Vintage Blue Robot Portrait Wide

race track numbers

Race Track Numbers

a drop of pink and yellow paint in water

A Drop Of Pink And Yellow Paint In Water

blue and purple ink abstract face

Blue And Purple Ink Abstract Face

sunbeams streak through forrest trees

Sunbeams Streak Through Forrest Trees

green cliffs viewing

Green Cliffs Viewing

green and pink flower

Green And Pink Flower

chain link fence

Chain Link Fence

handful of euros currency

Handful Of Euros Currency

ireland grass field

Ireland Grass Field

green foxglove plant

Green Foxglove Plant

traveller looks down

Traveller Looks Down

waterfall through rock face

Waterfall Through Rock Face

four buildings from below small clouds

Four Buildings From Below Small Clouds

zen garden peace stone

Zen Garden Peace Stone

ukulele on blue background

Ukulele On Blue Background

purple flower petals close up

Purple Flower Petals Close Up

spring gardening set up

Spring Gardening Set Up

rich sunset reflected on waters

Rich Sunset Reflected On Waters

gold pocket watch on a black notebook

Gold Pocket Watch On A Black Notebook

two-tone ink cloud

Two-Tone Ink Cloud

glacier water winding through landscape

Glacier Water Winding Through Landscape

purple ink cloud

Purple Ink Cloud

rapids & forest

Rapids & Forest

black yellow and red ink

Black Yellow And Red Ink

yay balloons

Yay Balloons

curved rust colored natural walls

Curved Rust Colored Natural Walls

resting by galcier waterfall

Resting By Galcier Waterfall

delicate pink flowers with yellow leaves

Delicate Pink Flowers With Yellow Leaves

ireland grasslands

Ireland Grasslands

city by mountain

City By Mountain

bank of india paper notes

Bank Of India Paper Notes

fuchsia white blossoming flowers

Fuchsia White Blossoming Flowers

empty subway train car.jpeg

Empty Subway Train Car

abandoned home in field

Abandoned Home In Field

bursting fireworks

Bursting Fireworks

woodgrain background with chinese animals

Woodgrain Background With Chinese Animals

last rays of sun in the city

Last Rays Of Sun in The City

skater at skatepark with film grain

Skater At Skatepark With Film Grain

ice cracks on a frozen sea

Ice Cracks On A Frozen Sea

coffee beans on branch

Coffee Beans On Branch

extremely long desert road

Extremely Long Desert Road

buttons top frame

Buttons Top Frame

bright red and yellow summer flowers

Bright Red And Yellow Summer Flowers

curvy shoreline with gravel path

Curvy Shoreline With Gravel Path

forest wildflowers

Forest Wildflowers

flower petals huddled together near a candle

Flower Petals Huddled Together Near a Candle

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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.

Background images FAQ

What are background images?

Background images are visual elements that are used to enhance the appearance of a website, presentation, or any other design project. They provide a backdrop or setting for the main content.

What types of background images work best for web-page design?

Background images play a supporting role in web-page design, so it is best to choose simple, clean, and patterned images. Even non-design-oriented patterns can work well. Images without a single, clear subject, such as cityscapes, landscapes, or busy locations with multiple subjects, tend to look best.

Can I use your background images for commercial purposes?

Absolutely! Our collection of high-definition (HD) photos is perfect for editing and can be used as widescreen backgrounds, full-screen backgrounds, and desktop backgrounds. They will look stunning on both Windows and Mac computers at any size, including 1600 x 1200, 1440, 1280, and 1920.

Are your background images available for free download?

Yes, we offer a selection of free, downloadable high-resolution images that are ideal for your next project. These images can be used for commercial purposes and are ready to enhance your designs.