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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wilting flowers in opposite corners

Wilting Flowers In Opposite Corners


cubist style in urban housing

Cubist Style In Urban Housing


paris arc de triomphe aerial

Paris Arc De Triomphe Aerial


houseplant in white pot on minimalist background

Houseplant In White Pot On Minimalist Background


kite surfing waves

Kite Surfing Waves


mountain palm trees

Mountain Palm Trees


man leans over piers edge

Man Leans Over Piers Edge


hands holding up a new! sign

Hands Holding Up A NEW! Sign


celebration cake on pink surface

Celebration Cake On Pink Surface


black and yellow ink cloud

Black And Yellow Ink Cloud


plant branch on a white background

Plant Branch On A White Background


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


texture of old tree

Texture Of Old Tree


winter sky and trees

Winter Sky And Trees


cold winter leaf

Cold Winter Leaf


morning coffee and photo album

Morning Coffee And Photo Album


sandy beach and person oceanside

Sandy Beach And Person Oceanside


locks representing love on metal frame

Locks Representing Love On Metal Frame


desert mountain

Desert Mountain


ocean waves on rocks

Ocean Waves On Rocks


hiker peaks over rocky edge

Hiker Peaks Over Rocky Edge


church ceiling art

Church Ceiling Art


chinese beef and veggie soup

Chinese Beef And Veggie Soup


fresh picked apples in basket

Fresh Picked Apples In Basket


pink graffiti on wolf painting wall

Pink Graffiti On Wolf Painting Wall


oceanside cliffs

Oceanside Cliffs


pink flamingo legs and feathers

Pink Flamingo Legs And Feathers


canyon from above

Canyon From Above


antelope canyon arizona

Antelope Canyon Arizona


beautiful cat sticking its tongue out

Beautiful Cat Sticking Its Tongue Out


last rays of sun in the city

Last Rays Of Sun in The City


forest and waterfall

Forest And Waterfall


skater at skatepark with film grain

Skater At Skatepark With Film Grain


musicians amp dials

Musicians Amp Dials


airport waiting area seating

Airport Waiting Area Seating


red and purple abstract ink clouds

Red And Purple Abstract Ink Clouds


basalt columns in iceland

Basalt Columns in Iceland


classic american football

Classic American Football


modern shanghai, china

Modern Shanghai, China


ornage tree bright fruit orchard

Ornage Tree Bright Fruit Orchard


lensball yellow and orange lights

Lensball Yellow And Orange Lights


abandoned building

Abandoned Building


minimalist red and green houseplant on grey background

Minimalist Red And Green Houseplant On Grey Background


water drops in fish pond

Water Drops In Fish Pond


architecture and grey skies

Architecture And Grey Skies


flowers on white marble table

Flowers On White Marble Table


racing track and field lane numbers

Racing Track And Field Lane Numbers


bowl of blackberries

Bowl Of Blackberries


flat lay of colorful cereal

Flat Lay of Colorful Cereal


orange ink in water

Orange Ink In Water


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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.