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.

fog on dark waters edge

Fog On Dark Waters Edge


red ink on yellow and blue

Red Ink On Yellow And Blue


thin plant stems in sun

Thin Plant Stems In Sun


palm trees sky

Palm Trees Sky


black white wall

Black White Wall


picket fence & flowers

Picket Fence & Flowers


celebrate carnival background

Celebrate Carnival Background


blue beach waves

Blue Beach Waves


landscape viewing binoculars

Landscape Viewing Binoculars


tree blossoms blooming

Tree Blossoms Blooming


layered plant leaves iphone wallpaper

Layered Plant Leaves iPhone Wallpaper


dog phone background

Dog Phone Background


boardwalk by the ocean

Boardwalk By The Ocean


black & white concrete background

Black & White Concrete Background


ocean water with swimmers

Ocean Water With Swimmers


red tropical flower

Red Tropical Flower


city behind greenery

City Behind Greenery


stone sculptures on beach

Stone Sculptures On Beach


cyan and gold abstract ink

Cyan And Gold Abstract Ink


cloudy sky from above

Cloudy Sky From Above


hiking by golden gate bridge

Hiking By Golden Gate Bridge


beach waves through trees

Beach Waves Through Trees


perfect yellow flower

Perfect Yellow Flower


white hydrangea blossoms with water

White Hydrangea Blossoms With Water


colourful lights through frozen texture

Colourful Lights Through Frozen Texture


ocean waves crashing

Ocean Waves Crashing


iphone background nature

iPhone Background Nature


beach sun reflections

Beach Sun Reflections


international money

International Money


beakers for science with water

Beakers For Science With Water


woman holding flower

Woman Holding Flower


cute dog in blanket

Cute Dog in Blanket


hiking though giants

Hiking Though Giants


tulips on brights blue

Tulips On Brights Blue


pink tulips on wood texture

Pink Tulips On Wood Texture


prairie woman at sunset

Prairie Woman At Sunset


geometric glass city architecture

Geometric Glass City Architecture


thick lush green forest

Thick Lush Green Forest


urban street in morning

Urban Street In Morning


long view of new york city

Long View Of New York City


toronto stunning sunset

Toronto Stunning Sunset


mint green and red ink drop

Mint Green And Red Ink Drop


pink lilies in bloom

Pink Lilies In Bloom


african safari sunset

African Safari Sunset


fashionable man by textured wall

Fashionable Man By Textured Wall


turquoise brick wall texture

Turquoise Brick Wall Texture


city sunset smoke

City Sunset Smoke


cute phone wallpaper

Cute Phone Wallpaper


iphone photography landscape

iPhone Photography Landscape


autumn trees & hillside

Autumn Trees & Hillside


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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.