Finding Your New Background
There are a number of free photo sites where you can manipulate the photo to your liking. For example, if you search Flickr using the Creative Commons License options, you may find one that you can change based on your needs.
There are also some free stock photo sites online where you can use the same principle as the Flickr photos. GeekPhilosopher.com is one of these sites, and it allows you to search photos based on categories. You simply need to agree to the terms to use the photos, and then you can download them. You can either remove sections of the current image, or use the entire image as the background.
Other images make great backgrounds since they have the same feel and look as your photo. And, if you don’t have a photo that you can use as a background, there are plenty of sites with free photos that you can use.
One thing that you should avoid is template websites. While these are free and do provide you with a background for your image, they are not very professional. They are often very generic and sophomoric. They will not show off your picture in the proper light.
Also, when looking for a free professional background, you should avoid clipart. These have a cartoonish look. Only use these if you want that type of effect.