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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football close up

Football Close Up


autumn on rolling hills with bike path

Autumn On Rolling Hills With Bike Path


black and yellow ink with red drop

Black And Yellow Ink With Red Drop


queen street west

Queen Street West


black and yellow ink streams upwards

Black And Yellow Ink Streams Upwards


jagged mountain peaks above lush forest below

Jagged Mountain Peaks Above Lush Forest Below


purple summer blossom

Purple Summer Blossom


a bubbling cloud of rich pink and yellow

A Bubbling Cloud Of Rich Pink And Yellow


college clock tower

College Clock Tower


lensball blue and purple lights

Lensball Blue And Purple Lights


grimey red metal door texture

Grimey Red Metal Door Texture


corner lines at track

Corner Lines At Track


artificial plant in white pot

Artificial Plant In White Pot


waterfall over rocky cliff's edge

Waterfall Over Rocky Cliff's Edge


pastel colored ball point pens

Pastel Colored Ball Point Pens


shipping containers as seen from above

Shipping Containers As Seen From Above


hiker on cliff by waterfall

Hiker On Cliff By Waterfall


clock tower in england

Clock Tower In England


grass by creek

Grass By Creek


arial view of shipping containers

Arial View Of Shipping Containers


fallen tree on hill with snow

Fallen Tree On Hill With Snow


rainbow of pencils

Rainbow Of Pencils


natural forest collapse

Natural Forest Collapse


hand holding red colored pencil on blue background

Hand Holding Red Colored Pencil On Blue Background


coffee written with beans

Coffee Written With Beans


peaceful sunday morning with coffee and laptop

Peaceful Sunday Morning With Coffee And Laptop


backlit wire roof

Backlit Wire Roof


mountainside forest camp ground

Mountainside Forest Camp Ground


bright green plant closeup

Bright Green Plant Closeup


coffee spelled in beans

Coffee Spelled In Beans


canyon sky

Canyon Sky


hands holding a sketchbook with '50% off'

Hands Holding A Sketchbook With '50% Off'


wind blowing cornfield

Wind Blowing Cornfield


green twigs on orange

Green Twigs On Orange


a silhouetted palm tree at sunset

A Silhouetted Palm Tree At Sunset


city bridge at dusk

City Bridge At Dusk


cluster of leaves

Cluster of Leaves


un-ending new york skyline

Un-Ending New York Skyline


perfect reflection of mountain in water

Perfect Reflection Of Mountain In Water


earth written in dirt

Earth Written In Dirt


sunset over mountain lake

Sunset Over Mountain Lake


a long-stemmed white flower emits wispy pink waves of smoke

A Long-Stemmed White Flower Emits Wispy Pink Waves Of Smoke


silver keyboard on blue background

Silver Keyboard On Blue Background


tents surround boardwalk by mountains

Tents Surround Boardwalk By Mountains


wasp nest texture

Wasp Nest Texture


person in orange rides bike under bridge

Person In Orange Rides Bike Under Bridge


man on mobile walking

Man On Mobile Walking


wall of succulents

Wall Of Succulents


woman holding up mobile smart phone

Woman Holding Up Mobile Smart Phone


glowing under water plant texture

Glowing Under Water Plant Texture


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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.