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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paris arc de triomphe aerial

Paris Arc De Triomphe Aerial

modern shanghai, china

Modern Shanghai, China

ocean waves on rocks

Ocean Waves On Rocks

close up stars and stripes

Close Up Stars And Stripes

man on mobile walking

Man On Mobile Walking

flat lay of colorful cereal

Flat Lay of Colorful Cereal

mountain palm trees

Mountain Palm Trees

fresh picked apples in basket

Fresh Picked Apples In Basket

sunset over mountain lake

Sunset Over Mountain Lake

cold winter leaf

Cold Winter Leaf

sea ocean waves on coast rocks

Sea Ocean Waves On Coast Rocks

black and yellow ink cloud

Black And Yellow Ink Cloud

winter sky and trees

Winter Sky And Trees

bright pink blooms in garden

Bright Pink Blooms In Garden

ornage tree bright fruit orchard

Ornage Tree Bright Fruit Orchard

flowers on white marble table

Flowers On White Marble Table

black and white knotted wood

Black And White Knotted Wood

small white flowers in a bunch

Small White Flowers In A Bunch

bowl of blackberries

Bowl Of Blackberries

shanghai oriental pearl

Shanghai Oriental Pearl

antelope canyon arizona

Antelope Canyon Arizona

kite surfing waves

Kite Surfing Waves

chinese beef and veggie soup

Chinese Beef And Veggie Soup

airport waiting area seating

Airport Waiting Area Seating

a green triangle and an orange triangle on paper

A Green Triangle And An Orange Triangle On Paper

curved rust colored natural walls

Curved Rust Colored Natural Walls

colored pencils piled up on a black background

Colored Pencils Piled Up On A Black Background

man leans over piers edge

Man Leans Over Piers Edge

musicians amp dials

Musicians Amp Dials

grand canyon usa background

Grand Canyon Usa Background

oceanside cliffs

Oceanside Cliffs

racing track and field lane numbers

Racing Track And Field Lane Numbers

classic american football

Classic American Football

striations in wood

Striations In Wood

cloudy blue sky through bright green leaves

Cloudy Blue Sky Through Bright Green Leaves

hiker peaks over rocky edge

Hiker Peaks Over Rocky Edge

water drops in fish pond

Water Drops In Fish Pond

blue sky clouds and a yellow building

Blue Sky Clouds And A Yellow Building

canyon from above

Canyon From Above

close up vivid flower arrangement in all colors

Close Up Vivid Flower Arrangement In All Colors

basalt columns in iceland

Basalt Columns in Iceland

red vintage car parked by brick wall

Red Vintage Car Parked By Brick Wall

architecture and grey skies

Architecture And Grey Skies

lensball yellow and orange lights

Lensball Yellow And Orange Lights

puddle water reflects urban bridge

Puddle Water Reflects Urban Bridge

branches of flowering cherry blossoms in springtime

Branches Of Flowering Cherry Blossoms In Springtime

abandoned building

Abandoned Building

water under bridge

Water Under Bridge

waters edge & plants

Waters Edge & Plants

blue sky over red green and orange fall leaves

Blue Sky Over Red Green And Orange Fall Leaves

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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.