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.

Are you looking to launch your online business? Try Shopify for free!

canyon sky

Canyon Sky

coffee spelled in beans

Coffee Spelled In Beans

last rays of sun in the city

Last Rays Of Sun in The City

bright green plant closeup

Bright Green Plant Closeup

wind blowing cornfield

Wind Blowing Cornfield

glowing under water plant texture

Glowing Under Water Plant Texture

sandy beach and person oceanside

Sandy Beach And Person Oceanside

celebration cake on pink surface

Celebration Cake On Pink Surface

cubist style in urban housing

Cubist Style In Urban Housing

wasp nest texture

Wasp Nest Texture

wilting flowers in opposite corners

Wilting Flowers In Opposite Corners

pink graffiti on wolf painting wall

Pink Graffiti On Wolf Painting Wall

woman holding up mobile smart phone

Woman Holding Up Mobile Smart Phone

silhouette of person standing on a cliff at sunset

Silhouette Of Person Standing On A Cliff At Sunset

morning coffee and photo album

Morning Coffee And Photo Album

paris arc de triomphe aerial

Paris Arc De Triomphe Aerial

hands holding up a new! sign

Hands Holding Up A NEW! Sign

mountain palm trees

Mountain Palm Trees

sunset over mountain lake

Sunset Over Mountain Lake

desert mountain

Desert Mountain

locks representing love on metal frame

Locks Representing Love On Metal Frame

beautiful cat sticking its tongue out

Beautiful Cat Sticking Its Tongue Out

wall of succulents

Wall Of Succulents

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

man on mobile walking

Man On Mobile Walking

forest and waterfall

Forest And Waterfall

orange ink in water

Orange Ink In Water

ocean waves on rocks

Ocean Waves On Rocks

cold winter leaf

Cold Winter Leaf

red and purple abstract ink clouds

Red And Purple Abstract Ink Clouds

black and yellow ink cloud

Black And Yellow Ink Cloud

winter sky and trees

Winter Sky And Trees

tiny kitten stands on a bed

Tiny Kitten Stands On A Bed

lensball purple lights

Lensball Purple Lights

monochrome butterfly on hand

Monochrome Butterfly On Hand

modern shanghai, china

Modern Shanghai, China

bright sun on beer

Bright Sun On Beer

kite surfing waves

Kite Surfing Waves

pink flamingo legs and feathers

Pink Flamingo Legs And Feathers

ornage tree bright fruit orchard

Ornage Tree Bright Fruit Orchard

sea ocean waves on coast rocks

Sea Ocean Waves On Coast Rocks

fresh picked apples in basket

Fresh Picked Apples In Basket

patio drinks on sunny day

Patio Drinks On Sunny Day

pink paper is ripped revealing blue underneath

Pink Paper Is Ripped Revealing Blue Underneath

close up stars and stripes

Close Up Stars And Stripes

man leans over piers edge

Man Leans Over Piers Edge

airport waiting area seating

Airport Waiting Area Seating

bowl of blackberries

Bowl Of Blackberries

bright pink blooms in garden

Bright Pink Blooms In Garden

wood or rock?

Wood Or Rock?

Start a business

Most everything you need to get started — photos, suppliers, and more

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.