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.

pink blossoms over crumbling walls

Pink Blossoms Over Crumbling Walls

waves crash on side of seastack

Waves Crash On Side Of Seastack

calm garden walking bridge

Calm Garden Walking Bridge

sea stack by ocean at low tide

Sea Stack By Ocean At Low Tide

soccer field with hillside landscape

Soccer Field With Hillside Landscape

abandoned train car with lone chair

Abandoned Train Car With Lone Chair

bright sun above tall forest

Bright Sun Above Tall Forest

woman holding up mobile smart phone

Woman Holding Up Mobile Smart Phone

window cleaners portrait

Window Cleaners Portrait

pine cones and acorns lined up on paper

Pine Cones And Acorns Lined Up On Paper

autumn landscape from hilltops

Autumn Landscape From Hilltops

rock formations on oregon coast

Rock Formations On Oregon Coast

modern condo building under bright blue sky

Modern Condo Building Under Bright Blue Sky

pistachio nuts macro

Pistachio Nuts Macro

metal bridge beams with blue sky

Metal Bridge Beams With Blue Sky

cornet instrument in dark room

Cornet Instrument In Dark Room

drying corn field under cloudy sky

Drying Corn Field Under Cloudy Sky

hanging dead sunflower

Hanging Dead Sunflower

last rays of sun in the city

Last Rays Of Sun in The City

green leaves on a red brick wall

Green Leaves On A Red Brick Wall

brick wall sign forest fire warning

Brick Wall Sign Forest Fire Warning

smoke from candlesticks blown out

Smoke From Candlesticks Blown Out

indian rupees texture background

Indian Rupees Texture Background

national parks oregon mountian

National Parks Oregon Mountian

oregon haystack rock

Oregon Haystack Rock

cement architecture corner under sky

Cement Architecture Corner Under Sky

low tide seaside rocks

Low Tide Seaside Rocks

red tailed hawk bird of prey

Red Tailed Hawk Bird Of Prey

white crane head closeup

White Crane Head Closeup

silver and white keyboards flat lay

Silver And White Keyboards Flat Lay

boat drives through waterway in cottage country

Boat Drives Through Waterway In Cottage Country

ice cracks on a frozen sea

Ice Cracks On A Frozen Sea

ominous building seen from below

Ominous Building Seen From Below

rustic water tower

Rustic Water Tower

race track lane lines

Race Track Lane Lines

window cleaners

Window Cleaners

cubist style in urban housing

Cubist Style In Urban Housing

aerial shot of person atop parking lot

Aerial Shot Of Person Atop Parking Lot

american flag on beach cottage

American Flag On Beach Cottage

fresh garlic bulbs in braids at farmers market

Fresh Garlic Bulbs In Braids At Farmers Market

oregon forest trees

Oregon Forest Trees

hands holding up a new! sign

Hands Holding Up A NEW! Sign

blue sky and small lush island

Blue Sky And Small Lush Island

mountain views at sunrise

Mountain Views At Sunrise

aged france flag by water

Aged France Flag By Water

haystack rock oregon coast

Haystack Rock Oregon Coast

paddling on perfect calm lake

Paddling On Perfect Calm Lake

stackable chips in lines

Stackable Chips In Lines

boat making waves on lake

Boat Making Waves On Lake

modern condo architecture cubist

Modern Condo Architecture Cubist

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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.