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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sunset over lisbon portugal

Sunset Over Lisbon Portugal


hand holding black pencil on red background

Hand Holding Black Pencil On Red Background


new york three bridges

New York Three Bridges


extremely long desert road

Extremely Long Desert Road


orange vertical lines

Orange Vertical Lines


bench overlooking farm field and oncoming storm

Bench Overlooking Farm Field And Oncoming Storm


summer portrait of woman

Summer Portrait Of Woman


iceland hiking

Iceland Hiking


rippling lake

Rippling Lake


colored pencils close up

Colored Pencils Close Up


clusters of cherry blossoms against blue sky in spring

Clusters Of Cherry Blossoms Against Blue Sky In Spring


a drop of pink and yellow paint in water

A Drop Of Pink And Yellow Paint In Water


wet green leaf texture

Wet Green Leaf Texture


several different fruits lay on a pink background

Several Different Fruits Lay On A Pink Background


yellow flowers reach to blue sky

Yellow Flowers Reach to Blue Sky


photographer shooting sunrise

Photographer Shooting Sunrise


dried grass

Dried Grass


plants after rain

Plants After Rain


water falls like chandelier

Water Falls Like Chandelier


three green leaves

Three Green Leaves


deconstructed fortune cookie

Deconstructed Fortune Cookie


natural pillars in ocean

Natural Pillars In Ocean


modern light with pipe base

Modern Light With Pipe Base


blue and gold sunset sky

Blue And Gold Sunset Sky


autumn leaves in water

Autumn Leaves In Water


dried leaves on branches and paper background

Dried Leaves On Branches And Paper Background


dark green foliage

Dark Green Foliage


iceland hut in grassy hill

Iceland Hut In Grassy Hill


curve of city building from below

Curve Of City Building From Below


glassy iceland lake water reflects hillside

Glassy Iceland Lake Water Reflects Hillside


a sharpened pencil with lead shavings

A Sharpened pencil with lead shavings


abstract image of light leaks with purple background

Abstract Image Of Light Leaks With Purple Background


still lake in cottage country

Still Lake In Cottage Country


grey scale foggy mountain

Grey Scale Foggy Mountain


telephone wires at sunset

Telephone Wires At Sunset


lake water ripples

Lake Water Ripples


skyscrapers at dusk in the city

Skyscrapers At Dusk In The City


empire state top cloudy sky

Empire State Top Cloudy Sky


blue new york

Blue New York


moonrise over lake and mountains

Moonrise Over Lake And Mountains


yellow flowers on picnic blanket

Yellow Flowers On Picnic Blanket


tiny green leaves up close

Tiny Green Leaves Up Close


phone with the word inspire on screen

Phone With The Word Inspire On Screen


green cliffs viewing

Green Cliffs Viewing


reverse ink volcano

Reverse Ink Volcano


louvre courtyard paris france

Louvre Courtyard Paris France


blooming red flowers on bush

Blooming Red Flowers On Bush


city view binoculars

City View Binoculars


hills of yarn

Hills Of Yarn


blueberries on linen

Blueberries On Linen


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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.