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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telephone wires at sunset

Telephone Wires At Sunset


blue and gold sunset sky

Blue And Gold Sunset Sky


tiny green leaves up close

Tiny Green Leaves Up Close


iceland hut in grassy hill

Iceland Hut In Grassy Hill


lake water ripples

Lake Water Ripples


glassy iceland lake water reflects hillside

Glassy Iceland Lake Water Reflects Hillside


modern light with pipe base

Modern Light With Pipe Base


skyscrapers at dusk in the city

Skyscrapers At Dusk In The City


a drop of pink and yellow paint in water

A Drop Of Pink And Yellow Paint In Water


a sharpened pencil with lead shavings

A Sharpened pencil with lead shavings


grey scale foggy mountain

Grey Scale Foggy Mountain


blooming red flowers on bush

Blooming Red Flowers On Bush


city view binoculars

City View Binoculars


yellow flowers on picnic blanket

Yellow Flowers On Picnic Blanket


blueberries on linen

Blueberries On Linen


surfing with kite

Surfing With Kite


moonrise over lake and mountains

Moonrise Over Lake And Mountains


hills of yarn

Hills Of Yarn


birds eye view of rows of shipping containers

Birds Eye View Of Rows Of Shipping Containers


purple foxgloves

Purple Foxgloves


adveturer legs dangle over canyon edge

Adveturer Legs Dangle Over Canyon Edge


train tracks and dirt road on hillside

Train Tracks And Dirt Road On Hillside


palm trees along boardwalk at sunset

Palm Trees Along Boardwalk At Sunset


snow and sunlight

Snow And Sunlight


dried leaves on branches and paper background

Dried Leaves On Branches And Paper Background


tree lined rural road

Tree Lined Rural Road


barrels aging in winery

Barrels Aging In Winery


louvre courtyard paris france

Louvre Courtyard Paris France


reykjavik iceland clock tower

Reykjavik Iceland Clock Tower


bolivia salt flats

Bolivia Salt Flats


green leaves of summer bluish green

Green Leaves Of Summer Bluish Green


colored tile design

Colored Tile Design


mountain in iceland

Mountain In Iceland


zen garden stone steps

Zen Garden Stone Steps


white bark trees

White Bark Trees


train station window

Train Station Window


narrow waterfall into tropical pool

Narrow Waterfall Into Tropical Pool


thin cloud pattern in sky

Thin Cloud Pattern In Sky


campground spiders web

Campground Spiders Web


clear water glass reflecting on blue

Clear Water Glass Reflecting On Blue


reverse ink volcano

Reverse Ink Volcano


water falls like chandelier

Water Falls Like Chandelier


yellow flowers reach to blue sky

Yellow Flowers Reach to Blue Sky


hand holding black pencil on red background

Hand Holding Black Pencil On Red Background


lush green leaves grow in layers

Lush Green Leaves Grow In Layers


three christmas candles lit

Three Christmas Candles Lit


wooden board walk through reeds

Wooden Board Walk Through Reeds


blue new york

Blue New York


phone with the word inspire on screen

Phone With The Word Inspire On Screen


office windows pattern

Office Windows Pattern


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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.