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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jagged mountain peaks above lush forest below

Jagged Mountain Peaks Above Lush Forest Below

wooden board walk through reeds

Wooden Board Walk Through Reeds

barrels aging in winery

Barrels Aging In Winery

a silhouetted palm tree at sunset

A Silhouetted Palm Tree At Sunset

gold pocket watch on a black notebook

Gold Pocket Watch On A Black Notebook

trees at sunset through lens ball

Trees At Sunset Through Lens Ball

purple foxgloves

Purple Foxgloves

green leaf stems against a blue background

Green Leaf Stems Against A Blue Background

pink paper is ripped revealing blue underneath

Pink Paper Is Ripped Revealing Blue Underneath

last rays of sun in the city

Last Rays Of Sun in The City

clouds over iceland field

Clouds Over Iceland Field

rainbow of pencils

Rainbow Of Pencils

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

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

texture of old tree

Texture Of Old Tree

a single cactus on a blue background

A Single Cactus On A Blue Background

houseplant in white pot on minimalist background

Houseplant In White Pot On Minimalist Background

autumn on rolling hills with bike path

Autumn On Rolling Hills With Bike Path

football close up

Football Close Up

wet orange and white paint filling frame

Wet Orange And White Paint Filling Frame

winter birch forest

Winter Birch Forest

red light streaks above rail tracks

Red Light Streaks Above Rail Tracks

hands holding a sketchbook with '50% off'

Hands Holding A Sketchbook With '50% Off'

sun setting over city

Sun Setting Over City

lensball blue and purple lights

Lensball Blue And Purple Lights

artificial plant in white pot

Artificial Plant In White Pot

hand holding red colored pencil on blue background

Hand Holding Red Colored Pencil On Blue Background

delicate orange flowers

Delicate Orange Flowers

corner lines at track

Corner Lines At Track

grimey red metal door texture

Grimey Red Metal Door Texture

waterfall over rocky cliff's edge

Waterfall Over Rocky Cliff's Edge

shipping containers as seen from above

Shipping Containers As Seen From Above

church ceiling art

Church Ceiling Art

three christmas candles lit

Three Christmas Candles Lit

college clock tower

College Clock Tower

minimalist red and green houseplant on grey background

Minimalist Red And Green Houseplant On Grey Background

black and yellow ink streams upwards

Black And Yellow Ink Streams Upwards

black and yellow ink with red drop

Black And Yellow Ink With Red Drop

perfect reflection of mountain in water

Perfect Reflection Of Mountain In Water

mountainside forest camp ground

Mountainside Forest Camp Ground

hiker on cliff by waterfall

Hiker On Cliff By Waterfall

coffee written with beans

Coffee Written With Beans

coffee beans laid on a pink background

Coffee Beans Laid On A Pink Background

edison bulbs and blurred lights

Edison Bulbs And Blurred Lights

minimal flower petals on white

Minimal Flower Petals On White

man in stairwell

Man In Stairwell

arial view of shipping containers

Arial View Of Shipping Containers

wood or rock?

Wood Or Rock?

green twigs on orange

Green Twigs On Orange

lensball person walking down hallway

Lensball Person Walking Down Hallway

clock tower in england

Clock Tower In England

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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.