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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bolivia salt flats

Bolivia Salt Flats


adveturer legs dangle over canyon edge

Adveturer Legs Dangle Over Canyon Edge


surfing with kite

Surfing With Kite


snow and sunlight

Snow And Sunlight


museum cuts into the sky

Museum Cuts Into The Sky


ice cracks on a frozen sea

Ice Cracks On A Frozen Sea


train tracks and dirt road on hillside

Train Tracks And Dirt Road On Hillside


green leaves of summer bluish green

Green Leaves Of Summer Bluish Green


colored tile design

Colored Tile Design


thin cloud pattern in sky

Thin Cloud Pattern In Sky


palm trees along boardwalk at sunset

Palm Trees Along Boardwalk At Sunset


birds eye view of rows of shipping containers

Birds Eye View Of Rows Of Shipping Containers


tree lined rural road

Tree Lined Rural Road


mountain in iceland

Mountain In Iceland


nature in green and blue

Nature In Green And Blue


office windows pattern

Office Windows Pattern


drone view of car driving through forest

Drone View Of Car Driving Through Forest


clear water glass reflecting on blue

Clear Water Glass Reflecting On Blue


blurry truck passes on highway

Blurry Truck Passes On Highway


campground spiders web

Campground Spiders Web


train station window

Train Station Window


barrels aging in winery

Barrels Aging In Winery


purple foxgloves

Purple Foxgloves


white bark trees

White Bark Trees


lush green leaves grow in layers

Lush Green Leaves Grow In Layers


lake beside summer mountains rocky and green

Lake Beside Summer Mountains Rocky And Green


reykjavik iceland clock tower

Reykjavik Iceland Clock Tower


zen garden stone steps

Zen Garden Stone Steps


the fine petals of a flower bubble pink smoke

The Fine Petals Of A Flower Bubble Pink Smoke


maroon sofa texture background

Maroon Sofa Texture Background


narrow waterfall into tropical pool

Narrow Waterfall Into Tropical Pool


basketball court corner texture

Basketball Court Corner Texture


wooden board walk through reeds

Wooden Board Walk Through Reeds


urban freeway with sun flare

Urban Freeway With Sun Flare


silver cornet instrument on sheet music

Silver Cornet Instrument On Sheet Music


stylish tennis player on outdoor court

Stylish Tennis Player On Outdoor Court


a few drops of pink and yellow trail colour in water

A Few Drops Of Pink And Yellow Trail Colour In Water


trees at sunset through lens ball

Trees At Sunset Through Lens Ball


diamond and pearl crown tiara

Diamond And Pearl Crown Tiara


hiking with a compass near waterfalls

Hiking With A Compass Near Waterfalls


clouds over iceland field

Clouds Over Iceland Field


sun setting over city

Sun Setting Over City


three christmas candles lit

Three Christmas Candles Lit


two-tone ink cloud

Two-Tone Ink Cloud


delicate orange flowers

Delicate Orange Flowers


a single cactus on a blue background

A Single Cactus On A Blue Background


winter birch forest

Winter Birch Forest


lensball person walking down hallway

Lensball Person Walking Down Hallway


red light streaks above rail tracks

Red Light Streaks Above Rail Tracks


man in stairwell

Man In Stairwell


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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.