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.