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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sunset on a large crane and big sky

Sunset On A Large Crane And Big Sky

long wooden pier on blue ocean

Long Wooden Pier On Blue Ocean

close up of a daisy with yellow center

Close Up Of A Daisy With Yellow Center

toronto city summer skyline

Toronto City Summer Skyline

cement circles line the wall under an overpass

Cement Circles Line The Wall Under An Overpass

patterns from in antelope canyon

Patterns From In Antelope Canyon

lines of trees in snow

Lines Of Trees In Snow

snowy mountains and a winding dirt road

Snowy Mountains And A Winding Dirt Road

triangle made of round circles

Triangle Made Of Round Circles

red foiled chocolate hearts scattered on black

Red Foiled Chocolate Hearts Scattered On Black

pink blossoms over crumbling walls

Pink Blossoms Over Crumbling Walls

bridge over water oregon

Bridge Over Water Oregon

single rock in shallow sea

Single Rock In Shallow Sea

white moon on crisp blue daytime sky lined by rocky cliffs

White Moon On Crisp Blue Daytime Sky Lined By Rocky Cliffs

waterfall over rocky cliff

Waterfall Over Rocky Cliff

cascade of hydrangea blossoms

Cascade Of Hydrangea Blossoms

cloudy day beach camp out

Cloudy Day Beach Camp Out

the berlin tower at twilight

The Berlin Tower At Twilight

orange light rays over boastline at sunset

Orange Light Rays Over Boastline At Sunset

top view of a green teapot on a pink background

Top View Of A Green Teapot On A Pink Background

pink sunglasses on a pink surface

Pink Sunglasses On A Pink Surface

small puppy plays in a fresh winter snowfall

Small Puppy Plays In A Fresh Winter Snowfall

football field turf paint

Football Field Turf Paint

rock formations on oregon coast

Rock Formations On Oregon Coast

snowy mountain view

Snowy Mountain View

stone walkway with trees and a view

Stone Walkway With Trees And A View

autumn harvest pumpkins and gourds

Autumn Harvest Pumpkins And Gourds

tourist views seaside

Tourist Views Seaside

healthy as an ox

Healthy As An Ox

red foiled chocolate hearts against a pink background

Red Foiled Chocolate Hearts Against A Pink Background

roasted coffee beans on white fabric

Roasted Coffee Beans On White Fabric

sea stack by ocean at low tide

Sea Stack By Ocean At Low Tide

curved metal and glass window

Curved Metal And Glass Window

some colorful boats docked in calm water

Some Colorful Boats Docked In Calm Water

waves come in after low tide

Waves Come In After Low Tide

platform 10 sign on brick wall at station

Platform 10 Sign On Brick Wall At Station

aerial view of frozen pier

Aerial View Of Frozen Pier

icy lake and snowy mountain tops

Icy Lake And Snowy Mountain Tops

a pocket of forest in a dense city

A Pocket Of Forest In A Dense City

sunset splashing over rocks

Sunset Splashing Over Rocks

stem of queen annes lace

Stem Of Queen Annes Lace

twin condo towers

Twin Condo Towers

hikers flock to lighthouse at sunset

Hikers Flock To Lighthouse At Sunset

Small Colored Birds Perched On Bare Tree Branches

Small Colored Birds Perched On Bare Tree Branches

pink sunglasses sit in the middle of the frame

Pink Sunglasses Sit In The Middle Of The Frame

silver cornet musical instrument

Silver Cornet Musical Instrument

a waterfall cascades down the side of a large cliff

A Waterfall Cascades Down The Side Of A Large Cliff

the first light of day over a mountain range

The First Light Of Day Over A Mountain Range

grassy pond with a grey mountain behind

Grassy Pond With A Grey Mountain Behind

large leaves of a green plant overlaid

Large Leaves Of A Green Plant Overlaid

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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.