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.

hiker climbing mountains

Hiker Climbing Mountains


rain coming down window

Rain Coming Down Window


mountain landscape with flowers

Mountain Landscape With Flowers


city landscape at night

City Landscape At Night


sun setting over ocean

Sun Setting Over Ocean


black & white concrete background

Black & White Concrete Background


autumn flowers in bloom

Autumn Flowers In Bloom


blue beach waves

Blue Beach Waves


beach waves through trees

Beach Waves Through Trees


picket fence & flowers

Picket Fence & Flowers


hiking by golden gate bridge

Hiking By Golden Gate Bridge


black white wall

Black White Wall


beach sun reflections

Beach Sun Reflections


prairie woman at sunset

Prairie Woman At Sunset


stone sculptures on beach

Stone Sculptures On Beach


woman holding flower

Woman Holding Flower


white hydrangea blossoms with water

White Hydrangea Blossoms With Water


landscape viewing binoculars

Landscape Viewing Binoculars


skyscrapers looking up

Skyscrapers Looking Up


cool iphone hd background

Cool iPhone HD Background


boardwalk by the ocean

Boardwalk By The Ocean


pink hearts background

Pink Hearts Background


tulips on brights blue

Tulips On Brights Blue


view of the sea iphone wallpaper

View Of The Sea iPhone Wallpaper


cute dog in blanket

Cute Dog in Blanket


ocean waves crashing

Ocean Waves Crashing


red ink on yellow and blue

Red Ink On Yellow And Blue


happy valentines day

Happy Valentines Day


red tropical flower

Red Tropical Flower


city sunset smoke

City Sunset Smoke


thick lush green forest

Thick Lush Green Forest


iphone background nature

iPhone Background Nature


cyan and gold abstract ink

Cyan And Gold Abstract Ink


iphone photography landscape

iPhone Photography Landscape


antelope canyon sunbeams

Antelope Canyon Sunbeams


autumn shore

Autumn Shore


toronto stunning sunset

Toronto Stunning Sunset


canyon sky landscape

Canyon Sky Landscape


international money

International Money


pink tulips on wood texture

Pink Tulips On Wood Texture


popcicle

Popcicle


black balloon on yellow

Black Balloon On Yellow


dog phone background

Dog Phone Background


african safari sunset

African Safari Sunset


mossy cliffs by glacier springs

Mossy Cliffs By Glacier Springs


layered plant leaves iphone wallpaper

Layered Plant Leaves iPhone Wallpaper


textured rainbow

Textured Rainbow


city behind greenery

City Behind Greenery


geometric glass city architecture

Geometric Glass City Architecture


beakers for science with water

Beakers For Science With Water


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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.