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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snow dusted rocky path in winter

Snow Dusted Rocky Path In Winter

green leaves of a plant

Green Leaves Of A Plant

cellphone floats above a yellow background

Cellphone Floats Above A Yellow Background

green leaf closeup

Green Leaf Closeup

aerial shot of person atop parking lot

Aerial Shot Of Person Atop Parking Lot

leaf balances on rock by waterfall

Leaf Balances On Rock By Waterfall

three rocks and a road

Three Rocks And A Road

shop now sign on dark wood

Shop Now Sign On Dark Wood

black round sunglasses on top left of blue background

Black Round Sunglasses On Top Left Of Blue Background

moody pine tree branches

Moody Pine Tree Branches

brick building with blue detail

Brick Building With Blue Detail

rocky seaside cliffs and foggy ocean air

Rocky Seaside Cliffs And Foggy Ocean Air

new york skyline from the water

New York Skyline From The Water

picturesque tide rolling below a sunset

Picturesque Tide Rolling Below A Sunset

sunset over city rail yard

Sunset Over City Rail Yard

hanging dead sunflower

Hanging Dead Sunflower

sunset against a city with hills in the background

Sunset Against A City With Hills In The Background

a single tree and cow silhouetted by the sunrise

A Single Tree And Cow Silhouetted By The Sunrise

woman admiring eastern architecture

Woman Admiring Eastern Architecture

blue sky behind basketball net

Blue Sky Behind Basketball Net

oregon haystack rock

Oregon Haystack Rock

wild grass going to seed

Wild Grass Going To Seed

modern condo building under bright blue sky

Modern Condo Building Under Bright Blue Sky

small wild white flowers on sunny day

Small Wild White Flowers On Sunny Day

abstract image of blue white marbling

Abstract Image Of Blue White Marbling

rusting no smoking sign on brick wall

Rusting No Smoking Sign On Brick Wall

cone of leaves

Cone Of Leaves

white flower blooming below a warm sunset

White Flower Blooming Below A Warm Sunset

boat under foggy bridge

Boat Under Foggy Bridge

mountain top view over range

Mountain Top View Over Range

seeds & pebbles

Seeds & Pebbles

rapids rush downhill past rocks

Rapids Rush Downhill Past Rocks

bright blue bird houses

Bright Blue Bird Houses

bamboo stand with carving and color variations

Bamboo Stand With Carving And Color Variations

get started today on marble background

Get Started Today On Marble Background

close up of jean fabric

Close Up of Jean Fabric

red foiled chocolate hearts in shape of a heart

Red Foiled Chocolate Hearts In Shape Of A Heart

green moss close up

Green Moss Close Up

dock on choppy cottage country lake

Dock On Choppy Cottage Country Lake

lifeguard chair on an empty beach

Lifeguard Chair On An Empty Beach

bundle of lavender against a yellow backdrop

Bundle Of Lavender Against A Yellow Backdrop

waterfall through a lush green forest

Waterfall Through A Lush Green Forest

distant snowy mountains behind a clear blue lake

Distant Snowy Mountains Behind A Clear Blue Lake

rocky lakeshore clouded sky

Rocky Lakeshore Clouded Sky

autumn landscape from hilltops

Autumn Landscape From Hilltops

pinecone close up

Pinecone Close Up

snow covered mountains reflect on the water by a fall forest

Snow Covered Mountains Reflect On The Water By A Fall Forest

row of yellow trees by field and hills

Row Of Yellow Trees By Field And Hills

boat making waves on lake

Boat Making Waves On Lake

pathway upwards on a steep cliff

Pathway Upwards On A Steep Cliff

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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.