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.

boat under foggy bridge

Boat Under Foggy Bridge


green hills near glaciers

Green Hills Near Glaciers


toronto city cn tower

Toronto City CN Tower


layered mountain side

Layered Mountain Side


cherry blossoms in front of flatiron building

Cherry Blossoms In Front Of Flatiron Building


grey cloudy & sky over field

Grey Cloudy & Sky Over Field


farmer fields in rural china

Farmer Fields In Rural China


high end country home on hillside

High End Country Home On Hillside


pistachio nuts texture

Pistachio Nuts Texture


hikers on green hike

Hikers On Green Hike


swamp and marshlands under bright sky surrounded by trees

Swamp And Marshlands Under Bright Sky Surrounded By Trees


treeline below mountain and blue sky

Treeline Below Mountain And Blue Sky


icy winter tree

Icy Winter Tree


subscribe written under a phone and laptop

Subscribe Written Under A Phone And Laptop


flag of china flying

Flag Of China Flying


fresh garlic bulbs in braids at farmers market

Fresh Garlic Bulbs In Braids At Farmers Market


wet dew on green leaf texture

Wet Dew On Green Leaf Texture


green tree top leaves

Green Tree Top Leaves


tall windowed mid rise building

Tall Windowed Mid Rise Building


fifty yard line field paint

Fifty Yard Line Field Paint


a red flower billows smokey clouds

A Red Flower Billows Smokey Clouds


pinecone close up

Pinecone Close Up


close up on leaf in sun

Close Up On Leaf In Sun


rocky escarpment by clear freshwater

Rocky Escarpment By Clear Freshwater


green leaf closeup

Green Leaf Closeup


basilica rooftop walk

Basilica Rooftop Walk


oregon train station cocktower

Oregon Train Station Cocktower


train on tracks through mountains

Train On Tracks Through Mountains


long winter shadows aerial of skating pond

Long Winter Shadows Aerial Of Skating Pond


drone photography of lakeside highway

Drone Photography Of Lakeside highway


ancient temples

Ancient Temples


rad and white lighthouse on blue sky

Rad And White Lighthouse On Blue Sky


sugar and spoons

Sugar And Spoons


grey sky over fall field

Grey Sky Over Fall Field


seeds & pebbles

Seeds & Pebbles


sunset over city rail yard

Sunset Over City Rail Yard


rocks and lights of new york

Rocks And Lights Of New York


hiker stops near edge

Hiker Stops Near Edge


two grape hyacinths on pink

Two Grape Hyacinths On Pink


beach with city in the background

Beach With City In The Background


temple by chinese hillside

Temple By Chinese Hillside


rocky desert landscape

Rocky Desert Landscape


spread of rounded stones

Spread Of Rounded Stones


rocky mountain above evergreen forest

Rocky Mountain Above Evergreen Forest


green leaves on a red brick wall

Green Leaves On A Red Brick Wall


yellow spotted leaves

Yellow Spotted Leaves


hand holding baseball on red

Hand Holding Baseball On Red


fisheye shanghai

Fisheye Shanghai


florence rooftops

Florence Rooftops


galaxy on leaves

Galaxy On 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.