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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orange ink in water

Orange Ink In Water


hiker on cliff by waterfall

Hiker On Cliff By Waterfall


college clock tower

College Clock Tower


coffee written with beans

Coffee Written With Beans


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


blue and green background with silver jewelry

Blue And Green Background With Silver Jewelry


silver keyboard on blue background

Silver Keyboard On Blue Background


lensball person walking down hallway

Lensball Person Walking Down Hallway


tiara placed on the head

Tiara Placed On The Head


tents surround boardwalk by mountains

Tents Surround Boardwalk By Mountains


earth written in dirt

Earth Written In Dirt


city bridge at dusk

City Bridge At Dusk


clock tower in england

Clock Tower In England


purple summer blossom

Purple Summer Blossom


red and purple abstract ink clouds

Red And Purple Abstract Ink Clouds


celebration cake on pink surface

Celebration Cake On Pink Surface


backlit wire roof

Backlit Wire Roof


illuminated paint brush on orange

Illuminated Paint Brush On Orange


wind blowing cornfield

Wind Blowing Cornfield


rain drops illuminated by colors on window

Rain Drops Illuminated By Colors On Window


canyon sky

Canyon Sky


sandy beach and person oceanside

Sandy Beach And Person Oceanside


grass by creek

Grass By Creek


hand holding a mushroom

Hand Holding A Mushroom


queen street west

Queen Street West


bright green plant closeup

Bright Green Plant Closeup


glowing under water plant texture

Glowing Under Water Plant Texture


forest and waterfall

Forest And Waterfall


a tangled movie reel catching sunlight

A Tangled Movie Reel Catching Sunlight


fallen tree on hill with snow

Fallen Tree On Hill With Snow


tiny kitten stands on a bed

Tiny Kitten Stands On A Bed


woman holding up mobile smart phone

Woman Holding Up Mobile Smart Phone


cubist style in urban housing

Cubist Style In Urban Housing


coffee spelled in beans

Coffee Spelled In Beans


yellow wall with a section of exposed brick

Yellow Wall With A Section Of Exposed Brick


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


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.