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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blue and green background with silver jewelry

Blue And Green Background With Silver Jewelry

cold winter leaf

Cold Winter Leaf

modern shanghai, china

Modern Shanghai, China

tiara placed on the head

Tiara Placed On The Head

winter sky and trees

Winter Sky And Trees

black and yellow ink cloud

Black And Yellow Ink Cloud

flat lay of colorful cereal

Flat Lay of Colorful Cereal

sea ocean waves on coast rocks

Sea Ocean Waves On Coast Rocks

ornage tree bright fruit orchard

Ornage Tree Bright Fruit Orchard

fresh picked apples in basket

Fresh Picked Apples In Basket

bright pink blooms in garden

Bright Pink Blooms In Garden

antelope canyon arizona

Antelope Canyon Arizona

bowl of blackberries

Bowl Of Blackberries

flowers on white marble table

Flowers On White Marble Table

airport waiting area seating

Airport Waiting Area Seating

kite surfing waves

Kite Surfing Waves

line of rich red berries on blue background

Line Of Rich Red Berries On Blue Background

man leans over piers edge

Man Leans Over Piers Edge

chinese beef and veggie soup

Chinese Beef And Veggie Soup

grand canyon usa background

Grand Canyon Usa Background

home interior meets garden exterior

Home Interior Meets Garden Exterior

a tangled movie reel catching sunlight

A Tangled Movie Reel Catching Sunlight

musicians amp dials

Musicians Amp Dials

shanghai oriental pearl

Shanghai Oriental Pearl

black and white knotted wood

Black And White Knotted Wood

oceanside cliffs

Oceanside Cliffs

hiker peaks over rocky edge

Hiker Peaks Over Rocky Edge

racing track and field lane numbers

Racing Track And Field Lane Numbers

cloudy blue sky through bright green leaves

Cloudy Blue Sky Through Bright Green Leaves

classic american football

Classic American Football

canyon from above

Canyon From Above

water drops in fish pond

Water Drops In Fish Pond

lensball yellow and orange lights

Lensball Yellow And Orange Lights

architecture and grey skies

Architecture And Grey Skies

basalt columns in iceland

Basalt Columns in Iceland

abandoned building

Abandoned Building

puddle water reflects urban bridge

Puddle Water Reflects Urban Bridge

striations in wood

Striations In Wood

small white flowers in a bunch

Small White Flowers In A Bunch

waters edge & plants

Waters Edge & Plants

branches of flowering cherry blossoms in springtime

Branches Of Flowering Cherry Blossoms In Springtime

water under bridge

Water Under Bridge

race track soccer field

Race Track Soccer Field

yellow wall with a section of exposed brick

Yellow Wall With A Section Of Exposed Brick

blue sky over red green and orange fall leaves

Blue Sky Over Red Green And Orange Fall Leaves

bushes near fresh springwater

Bushes Near Fresh Springwater

colored pencils piled up on a black background

Colored Pencils Piled Up On A Black Background

kite surfing in ocean

Kite Surfing In Ocean

bowl of fresh picked strawberries

Bowl Of Fresh Picked Strawberries

silver and white keyboards flat lay

Silver And White Keyboards Flat Lay

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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.