HD Background photos and images

Browse through our database 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.

cactus close up in green

Cactus Close Up In Green


waterfall over rocky cliff

Waterfall Over Rocky Cliff


vines overgrow aging black doors

Vines Overgrow Aging Black Doors


red and green leaves with wood background

Red And Green Leaves With Wood Background


layered mountain side

Layered Mountain Side


waxy leaves

Waxy Leaves


green leaf closeup

Green Leaf Closeup


prickly cactus plant

Prickly Cactus Plant


sunset over calm lake

Sunset Over Calm Lake


florence italy haze

Florence Italy Haze


grey sky over fall field

Grey Sky Over Fall Field


segovia spain pillars and city

Segovia Spain Pillars And City


sunset over water by rocky shore

Sunset Over Water By Rocky Shore


green tree top leaves

Green Tree Top Leaves


romantic horseback riding by ocean

Romantic Horseback Riding By Ocean


basketball court corner texture

Basketball Court Corner Texture


big ocean wave under blue sky

Big Ocean Wave Under Blue Sky


tennis ball

Tennis Ball


silver cornet instrument on sheet music

Silver Cornet Instrument On Sheet Music


us national park train tracks by water

Us National Park Train Tracks By Water


glowing under water plant texture

Glowing Under Water Plant Texture


stem of queen annes lace

Stem Of Queen Annes Lace


bowl of blackberries

Bowl Of Blackberries


green leaf texture close up

Green Leaf Texture Close Up


yellow spotted leaves

Yellow Spotted Leaves


stone surrounded by ground cover

Stone Surrounded By Ground Cover


icy winter tree

Icy Winter Tree


train on tracks through mountains

Train On Tracks Through Mountains


swamp and marshlands under bright sky surrounded by trees

Swamp And Marshlands Under Bright Sky Surrounded By Trees


marina by hills

Marina By Hills


green leaves of summer bluish green

Green Leaves Of Summer Bluish Green


prefect reflection of mountain in water

Prefect Reflection Of Mountain In Water


branches in bog

Branches In Bog


compact car drives past iceland hill

Compact Car Drives Past Iceland Hill


ancient temples

Ancient Temples


florence rooftops

Florence Rooftops


hiker stops near edge

Hiker Stops Near Edge


reverb amp for playing sweet music

Reverb Amp For Playing Sweet Music


temple by chinese hillside

Temple By Chinese Hillside


fresh picked apples in basket

Fresh Picked Apples In Basket


lush green leaves grow in layers

Lush Green Leaves Grow In Layers


brick wall with graphic street art

Brick Wall With Graphic Street Art


sun behind clouds at sunset by lake

Sun Behind Clouds At Sunset By Lake


summer in tokyo at night

Summer In Tokyo At Night


toronto city cn tower

Toronto City CN Tower


treeline below mountain and blue sky

Treeline Below Mountain And Blue Sky


florist display through glass window

Florist Display Through Glass Window


basilica rooftop walk

Basilica Rooftop Walk


dried up flower in the wild

Dried Up Flower In The Wild


handheld microphone

Handheld Microphone


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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 wonā€™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. Itā€™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 youā€™re not using a pattern, youā€™ll want to make sure the image isnā€™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 itā€™s best if theyā€™re simple, clean and patterned. Even if the pattern isnā€™t design-oriented, youā€™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 - weā€™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.