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.

fresh picked apples in basket

Fresh Picked Apples In Basket


frosty fall leaves on ground

Frosty Fall Leaves On Ground


red apples ripe on tree

Red Apples Ripe On Tree


beach with city in the background

Beach With City In The Background


palm trees along boardwalk at sunset

Palm Trees Along Boardwalk At Sunset


tall trees golden leaves

Tall Trees Golden Leaves


winter in northern landscape

Winter In Northern Landscape


rocky escarpment by clear freshwater

Rocky Escarpment By Clear Freshwater


apple orchard ready for the picking

Apple Orchard Ready For The Picking


top of violin on music sheets

Top Of Violin On Music Sheets


thin waterfall and dirt road

Thin Waterfall And Dirt Road


office window pattern

Office Window Pattern


rad and white lighthouse on blue sky

Rad And White Lighthouse On Blue Sky


japanese garden rock texture

Japanese Garden Rock Texture


sunset on rural road in summer

Sunset On Rural Road In Summer


fall harvest vegetable market

Fall Harvest Vegetable Market


locks representing love on metal frame

Locks Representing Love On Metal Frame


macro green leaf texture

Macro Green Leaf Texture


brick wall with graphic street art

Brick Wall With Graphic Street Art


mountainside forest camp ground

Mountainside Forest Camp Ground


urban mid rise with blue sky

Urban Mid Rise With Blue Sky


basketball court circle texture

Basketball Court Circle Texture


down flights of stairs

Down Flights Of Stairs


rocky seaside cliffs and foggy ocean air

Rocky Seaside Cliffs And Foggy Ocean Air


dried leaves on branches and paper background

Dried Leaves On Branches And Paper Background


orange autumn leves on trees

Orange Autumn Leves On Trees


zen garden peace stone

Zen Garden Peace Stone


dry queen annes lace stem

Dry Queen Annes Lace Stem


cloudy blue sky through bright green leaves

Cloudy Blue Sky Through Bright Green Leaves


hotel bed with bamboo details

Hotel Bed With Bamboo Details


tall grasses by sandy beach

Tall Grasses By Sandy Beach


twin condo towers

Twin Condo Towers


drone photography of lakeside highway

Drone Photography Of Lakeside highway


dock on choppy cottage country lake

Dock On Choppy Cottage Country Lake


ukulele on blue background

Ukulele On Blue Background


broken stem in dry field

Broken Stem In Dry Field


modern shanghai, china

Modern Shanghai, China


tall trees reach for sky and light

Tall Trees Reach For Sky And Light


wet dew on green leaf texture

Wet Dew On Green Leaf Texture


silhouette on ocean rock

Silhouette On Ocean Rock


patio drinks on sunny day

Patio Drinks On Sunny Day


snowy mountains reflect in water at sunrise

Snowy Mountains Reflect In Water At Sunrise


sunset over city rail yard

Sunset Over City Rail Yard


big ocean wave under blue sky

Big Ocean Wave Under Blue Sky


bright orange pumpkin pile

Bright Orange Pumpkin Pile


jagged mountain peaks above lush forest below

Jagged Mountain Peaks Above Lush Forest Below


sun through green leaves

Sun Through Green Leaves


tall forest trees from trunk

Tall Forest Trees From Trunk


japanese garden fountain

Japanese Garden Fountain


frosty winter ice

Frosty Winter Ice


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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.