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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microphone on mic stand

Microphone On Mic Stand


purple ink cloud with black drops

Purple Ink Cloud With Black Drops


antelope canyon grand canyon arizona

Antelope Canyon Grand Canyon Arizona


cherry blossom hd phone background

Cherry Blossom Hd Phone Background


kayaks on dock

Kayaks On Dock


urban green roof drone portrait

Urban Green Roof Drone Portrait


starry nigh sky shows off galaxy

Starry Nigh Sky Shows Off Galaxy


woman silhouette sunset

Woman Silhouette Sunset


green ink streams on white

Green Ink Streams On White


leafy plant on white wall

Leafy Plant On White Wall


toronto city skyline

Toronto City Skyline


lighthouse at sunset

Lighthouse At Sunset


tall trees taller cliff

Tall Trees Taller Cliff


tropical ocean boat

Tropical Ocean Boat


arizona natural landscape

Arizona Natural Landscape


red green pepper pile

Red Green Pepper Pile


bamboo with engravings

Bamboo With Engravings


drone view of car driving through forest

Drone View Of Car Driving Through Forest


pink spring blossoms

Pink Spring Blossoms


light behind leaf close up

Light Behind Leaf Close Up


ice cream milkshake in hand on teal

Ice Cream Milkshake In Hand On Teal


lilies on ink white and gray

Lilies On Ink White And Gray


mother day background

Mother Day Background


purple flowers

Purple Flowers


city through glass ball

City Through Glass Ball


ripe red strawberries in a white bowl

Ripe Red Strawberries In A White Bowl


spring in dirt with flower pedals

Spring In Dirt With Flower Pedals


long grass growing in city

Long Grass Growing In City


closeup of clover leaves

Closeup Of Clover Leaves


ocean waves on beach

Ocean Waves On Beach


feet hanging over cliff

Feet Hanging Over Cliff


wood panel background framed by leaves

Wood Panel Background Framed By Leaves


greenhouse gardening

Greenhouse Gardening


rose pedals framing white surface

Rose Pedals Framing White Surface


green leaf stems against a blue background

Green Leaf Stems Against A Blue Background


wet orange and white paint filling frame

Wet Orange And White Paint Filling Frame


grapes on stem with moisture

Grapes On Stem With Moisture


tree branches at sunset

Tree Branches At Sunset


campfire

Campfire


mountain peak through trees

Mountain Peak Through Trees


yellow flowers reach to blue sky

Yellow Flowers Reach to Blue Sky


field of white tulip flowers

Field Of White Tulip Flowers


dew on forrest branches in sunlight

Dew On Forrest Branches In Sunlight


red and green ink twisted

Red And Green Ink Twisted


blue new york

Blue New York


old fashioned telephone

Old Fashioned Telephone


magnolia in bloom

Magnolia In Bloom


cn tower sunset

CN Tower Sunset


colorful pencil crayons

Colorful Pencil Crayons


records texture

Records Texture


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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.