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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woodgrain background with chinese animals

Woodgrain Background With Chinese Animals


delicate pink flowers with yellow leaves

Delicate Pink Flowers With Yellow Leaves


bike & vines

Bike & Vines


purple flower petals close up

Purple Flower Petals Close Up


fresh lettuce greens in bowl

Fresh Lettuce Greens In Bowl


resting by galcier waterfall

Resting By Galcier Waterfall


flower petals huddled together near a candle

Flower Petals Huddled Together Near a Candle


colorful kites for surfing

Colorful Kites For Surfing


empty subway train car.jpeg

Empty Subway Train Car


bright purple ink drop on white

Bright Purple Ink Drop On White


vine growing up a brick wall

Vine Growing Up A Brick Wall


bright red and yellow summer flowers

Bright Red And Yellow Summer Flowers


bursting fireworks

Bursting Fireworks


sunbeams streak through forrest trees

Sunbeams Streak Through Forrest Trees


yay balloons

Yay Balloons


ukulele on blue background

Ukulele On Blue Background


water kite adventure

Water Kite Adventure


lemonade on white woodgrain table

Lemonade On White Woodgrain Table


beach volleyball courts

Beach Volleyball Courts


four buildings from below small clouds

Four Buildings From Below Small Clouds


rushing waterfall in iceland

Rushing Waterfall In Iceland


forest wildflowers

Forest Wildflowers


kayaks on racks under blue sky.jpeg

Kayaks On Racks Under Blue Sky


blue water red shore green land

Blue Water Red Shore Green Land


plugged in vintage tv on purple infinity background

Plugged In Vintage TV on Purple Infinity Background


reflective water texture

Reflective Water Texture


vintage blue robot portrait wide

Vintage Blue Robot Portrait Wide


lensball blue and orange lights

Lensball Blue And Orange Lights


mountains pyrenees

Mountains Pyrenees


happy halloween with confetti

Happy Halloween With Confetti


bamboo wall background

Bamboo Wall Background


vines take over brick home

Vines Take Over Brick Home


purple spotted flowers

Purple Spotted Flowers


lisbon portugal at sunset

Lisbon Portugal At Sunset


colorful autumn hike

Colorful Autumn Hike


desert plant wall

Desert Plant Wall


small pumpkins and colorful corn

Small Pumpkins And Colorful Corn


green leaf texture close up

Green Leaf Texture Close Up


apples in fruit basket close up

Apples In Fruit Basket Close Up


view of lisbon hillside

View Of Lisbon Hillside


tropical plant in front of white boards

Tropical Plant In Front Of White Boards


rainbow pencil crayons

Rainbow Pencil Crayons


mountain views at sunrise

Mountain Views At Sunrise


nature sky sunset

Nature Sky Sunset


looking down stairwell

Looking Down Stairwell


oceanside mountains in indonesia

Oceanside Mountains In Indonesia


coffee beans on branch

Coffee Beans On Branch


birch trees in winter

Birch Trees In Winter


hand holding black pencil on red background

Hand Holding Black Pencil On Red Background


foggy forest background

Foggy Forest Background


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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.