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.