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.

winding road through grassy and tree lined hills

Winding Road Through Grassy And Tree Lined Hills


church tower in china

Church Tower In China


calm garden walking bridge

Calm Garden Walking Bridge


haystack rock oregon coast

Haystack Rock Oregon Coast


paddling on perfect calm lake

Paddling On Perfect Calm Lake


oregon haystack rock

Oregon Haystack Rock


brick wall sign forest fire warning

Brick Wall Sign Forest Fire Warning


rustic water tower

Rustic Water Tower


queen anns lace texture

Queen Anns Lace Texture


urban china construction

Urban China Construction


race track texture

Race Track Texture


boat drives through waterway in cottage country

Boat Drives Through Waterway In Cottage Country


drying corn field under cloudy sky

Drying Corn Field Under Cloudy Sky


metal bridge beams with blue sky

Metal Bridge Beams With Blue Sky


oregon forest trees

Oregon Forest Trees


hanging dead sunflower

Hanging Dead Sunflower


abandoned train car with lone chair

Abandoned Train Car With Lone Chair


cubist style in urban housing

Cubist Style In Urban Housing


autumn harvest pumpkins and gourds

Autumn Harvest Pumpkins And Gourds


low tide rock formations

Low Tide Rock Formations


national parks oregon mountian

National Parks Oregon Mountian


smoke from candlesticks blown out

Smoke From Candlesticks Blown Out


gourds and pumpkins texture

Gourds And Pumpkins Texture


dirt road runds through green trees drone

Dirt Road Runds Through Green Trees Drone


modern condo architecture cubist

Modern Condo Architecture Cubist


ocean meets rocky peninsula

Ocean Meets Rocky Peninsula


flag of china flying

Flag Of China Flying


rocky shore and low clouds

Rocky Shore And Low Clouds


sunset by rural roads

Sunset By Rural Roads


aged france flag by water

Aged France Flag By Water


purple and white orchid close up

Purple And White Orchid Close Up


race track lane lines

Race Track Lane Lines


orange pumpkin pile close up

Orange Pumpkin Pile Close Up


large ornate church doorway and pillars

Large Ornate Church Doorway And Pillars


modern architecture curve with windows

Modern Architecture Curve With Windows


aerial shot of person atop parking lot

Aerial Shot Of Person Atop Parking Lot


helicopter flying over portland

Helicopter Flying Over Portland


american flag on beach cottage

American Flag On Beach Cottage


cement architecture corner under sky

Cement Architecture Corner Under Sky


close up on evergreen bonzai

Close Up On Evergreen Bonzai


bright blue bird houses

Bright Blue Bird Houses


cloudy day beach camp out

Cloudy Day Beach Camp Out


apartment view shanghai

Apartment View Shanghai


american mount hood

American Mount Hood


small stack of indian rupee currency

Small Stack of Indian Rupee Currency


brick archways by garden

Brick Archways By Garden


bridge over water oregon

Bridge Over Water Oregon


green leaves on a red brick wall

Green Leaves On A Red Brick Wall


mountain views at sunrise

Mountain Views At Sunrise


platform 10 sign on brick wall at station

Platform 10 Sign On Brick Wall At Station


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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.