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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mountains pyrenees

Mountains Pyrenees

purple spotted flowers

Purple Spotted Flowers

sunbeams streak through forrest trees

Sunbeams Streak Through Forrest Trees

yay balloons

Yay Balloons

lisbon portugal at sunset

Lisbon Portugal At Sunset

vines take over brick home

Vines Take Over Brick Home

view of lisbon hillside

View Of Lisbon Hillside

ukulele on blue background

Ukulele On Blue Background

vintage blue robot portrait wide

Vintage Blue Robot Portrait Wide

reflective water texture

Reflective Water Texture

desert plant wall

Desert Plant Wall

new york three bridges

New York Three Bridges

small pumpkins and colorful corn

Small Pumpkins And Colorful Corn

sunset over lisbon portugal

Sunset Over Lisbon Portugal

green leaf texture close up

Green Leaf Texture Close Up

apples in fruit basket close up

Apples In Fruit Basket Close Up

colorful autumn hike

Colorful Autumn Hike

rainbow pencil crayons

Rainbow Pencil Crayons

earth day written in dirt

Earth Day Written In Dirt

looking down stairwell

Looking Down Stairwell

bamboo wall background

Bamboo Wall Background

happy halloween with confetti

Happy Halloween With Confetti

summer portrait of woman

Summer Portrait Of Woman

orange vertical lines

Orange Vertical Lines

birch trees in winter

Birch Trees In Winter

oceanside mountains in indonesia

Oceanside Mountains In Indonesia

clusters of cherry blossoms against blue sky in spring

Clusters Of Cherry Blossoms Against Blue Sky In Spring

bench overlooking farm field and oncoming storm

Bench Overlooking Farm Field And Oncoming Storm

colored pencils close up

Colored Pencils Close Up

rippling lake

Rippling Lake

nature sky sunset

Nature Sky Sunset

tropical plant in front of white boards

Tropical Plant In Front Of White Boards

plugged in vintage tv on purple infinity background

Plugged In Vintage TV on Purple Infinity Background

a red-orange column of smoke in darkness

A Red-Orange Column Of Smoke In Darkness

iceland hiking

Iceland Hiking

teal and pink abstract forms in water

Teal And Pink Abstract Forms In Water

foggy forest background

Foggy Forest Background

extremely long desert road

Extremely Long Desert Road

wet green leaf texture

Wet Green Leaf Texture

photographer shooting sunrise

Photographer Shooting Sunrise

dried grass

Dried Grass

coffee beans on branch

Coffee Beans On Branch

curve of city building from below

Curve Of City Building From Below

dark green foliage

Dark Green Foliage

empire state top cloudy sky

Empire State Top Cloudy Sky

still lake in cottage country

Still Lake In Cottage Country

plants after rain

Plants After Rain

natural pillars in ocean

Natural Pillars In Ocean

three green leaves

Three Green Leaves

deconstructed fortune cookie

Deconstructed Fortune Cookie

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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.