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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hikers on a red sandy desert hill

Hikers On A Red Sandy Desert Hill

oceanside town at sunset

Oceanside Town At Sunset

rustic water tower

Rustic Water Tower

stream meets the sea at sunset

Stream Meets The Sea At Sunset

lighthouse peaks over a cliff at sunset

Lighthouse Peaks Over A Cliff At Sunset

modern residential building under bright sun

Modern Residential Building Under Bright Sun

close up of soft pink flower petals

Close Up Of Soft Pink Flower Petals

looking up the the corner of a checkered building

Looking Up The The Corner Of A Checkered Building

water tower at camp

Water Tower At Camp

pistachio nuts macro

Pistachio Nuts Macro

a cellphone floats in the middle of orange background

A Cellphone Floats In The Middle Of Orange Background

get started today sign on dark wood

Get Started Today Sign On Dark Wood

dry queen annes lace stem

Dry Queen Annes Lace Stem

clay temple rooftop

Clay Temple Rooftop

rocky hill top reflects mountains in a pool of water

Rocky Hill Top Reflects Mountains In A Pool Of Water

dry sunflower field texture

Dry Sunflower Field Texture

cellphone levitates above an orange background

Cellphone Levitates Above An Orange Background

a single tree in the middle of a green grassy field

A Single Tree In The Middle Of A Green Grassy Field

macintosh apple trees in orchard

Macintosh Apple Trees In Orchard

misty ocean coast with crashing waves

Misty Ocean Coast With Crashing Waves

top of fern branches against black

Top Of Fern Branches Against Black

fall leaves create ripples in water

Fall Leaves Create Ripples In Water

large ornate church doorway and pillars

Large Ornate Church Doorway And Pillars

get started today sign on stone

Get Started Today Sign On Stone

wild grass on an ocean coastal range

Wild Grass On An Ocean Coastal Range

blue and white lighthouse at sunset

Blue And White Lighthouse At Sunset

view through moss covered mountains

View Through Moss Covered Mountains

orange pumpkin pile close up

Orange Pumpkin Pile Close Up

haystack rock oregon coast

Haystack Rock Oregon Coast

lone tree in a green grassy field

Lone Tree In A Green Grassy Field

cellphone floats above a soft pink background

Cellphone Floats Above A Soft Pink Background

calm glass like water with rolling hills behind

Calm Glass Like Water With Rolling Hills Behind

close up of a wild plants green leaves

Close Up Of A Wild Plants Green Leaves

silhouetted people sitting on rocks by the setting sun

Silhouetted People Sitting On Rocks By The Setting Sun

water treatment plant from above

Water Treatment Plant From Above

leaf floating in rocky stream

Leaf Floating In Rocky Stream

close up of variegated leaves

Close Up Of Variegated Leaves

queen anns lace texture

Queen Anns Lace Texture

detailed fern leaves close up

Detailed Fern Leaves Close Up

black background and green leaves of a plant

Black Background And Green Leaves Of A Plant

Cold Winding River In A Snow Covered Forest

Cold Winding River In A Snow Covered Forest

wild foliage on the hill top of a coastline

Wild Foliage On The Hill Top Of A Coastline

broken stem in dry field

Broken Stem In Dry Field

person in orange sits on dock

Person In Orange Sits On Dock

three pine cones on crinkled paper

Three Pine Cones On Crinkled Paper

brown grass pokes out of freshly fallen snow

Brown Grass Pokes Out Of Freshly Fallen Snow

waves crash on side of seastack

Waves Crash On Side Of Seastack

aged sports field risers

Aged Sports Field Risers

ominous building seen from below

Ominous Building Seen From Below

red tailed hawk bird of prey

Red Tailed Hawk Bird Of Prey

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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.

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.