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.