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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college clock tower

College Clock Tower

hiker on cliff by waterfall

Hiker On Cliff By Waterfall

coffee written with beans

Coffee Written With Beans

orange ink in water

Orange Ink In Water

patio drinks on sunny day

Patio Drinks On Sunny Day

man in stairwell

Man In Stairwell

green twigs on orange

Green Twigs On Orange

beautiful cat sticking its tongue out

Beautiful Cat Sticking Its Tongue Out

silver keyboard on blue background

Silver Keyboard On Blue Background

tents surround boardwalk by mountains

Tents Surround Boardwalk By Mountains

lensball person walking down hallway

Lensball Person Walking Down Hallway

earth written in dirt

Earth Written In Dirt

city bridge at dusk

City Bridge At Dusk

blue and green background with silver jewelry

Blue And Green Background With Silver Jewelry

clock tower in england

Clock Tower In England

tiara placed on the head

Tiara Placed On The Head

purple summer blossom

Purple Summer Blossom

backlit wire roof

Backlit Wire Roof

celebration cake on pink surface

Celebration Cake On Pink Surface

red and purple abstract ink clouds

Red And Purple Abstract Ink Clouds

illuminated paint brush on orange

Illuminated Paint Brush On Orange

canyon sky

Canyon Sky

wind blowing cornfield

Wind Blowing Cornfield

rain drops illuminated by colors on window

Rain Drops Illuminated By Colors On Window

grass by creek

Grass By Creek

sandy beach and person oceanside

Sandy Beach And Person Oceanside

queen street west

Queen Street West

hand holding a mushroom

Hand Holding A Mushroom

glowing under water plant texture

Glowing Under Water Plant Texture

bright green plant closeup

Bright Green Plant Closeup

forest and waterfall

Forest And Waterfall

fallen tree on hill with snow

Fallen Tree On Hill With Snow

a tangled movie reel catching sunlight

A Tangled Movie Reel Catching Sunlight

tiny kitten stands on a bed

Tiny Kitten Stands On A Bed

coffee spelled in beans

Coffee Spelled In Beans

cubist style in urban housing

Cubist Style In Urban Housing

woman holding up mobile smart phone

Woman Holding Up Mobile Smart Phone

morning coffee and photo album

Morning Coffee And Photo Album

wilting flowers in opposite corners

Wilting Flowers In Opposite Corners

line of rich red berries on blue background

Line Of Rich Red Berries On Blue Background

yellow wall with a section of exposed brick

Yellow Wall With A Section Of Exposed Brick

pink graffiti on wolf painting wall

Pink Graffiti On Wolf Painting Wall

pink flamingo legs and feathers

Pink Flamingo Legs And Feathers

hands holding up a new! sign

Hands Holding Up A NEW! Sign

desert mountain

Desert Mountain

wasp nest texture

Wasp Nest Texture

white sled dog standing on snow throws its head back into a howl

White Sled Dog Standing On Snow Throws Its Head Back Into A Howl

wall of succulents

Wall Of Succulents

locks representing love on metal frame

Locks Representing Love On Metal Frame

paris arc de triomphe aerial

Paris Arc De Triomphe Aerial

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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.