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.

a long-stemmed white flower emits wispy pink waves of smoke

A Long-Stemmed White Flower Emits Wispy Pink Waves Of Smoke


cursive handwriting with 'rise and shine'

Cursive Handwriting With 'Rise And Shine'


aerial shot of person atop parking lot

Aerial Shot Of Person Atop Parking Lot


white crane in water walking forward

White Crane In Water Walking Forward


water tower at camp

Water Tower At Camp


wall of thick, waxy leaves

Wall Of Thick, Waxy Leaves


close up of tree bark

Close Up Of Tree Bark


bright sun above tall forest

Bright Sun Above Tall Forest


modern condo building under bright blue sky

Modern Condo Building Under Bright Blue Sky


a bubbling cloud of rich pink and yellow

A Bubbling Cloud Of Rich Pink And Yellow


cement architecture corner under sky

Cement Architecture Corner Under Sky


macintosh apple trees in orchard

Macintosh Apple Trees In Orchard


brick wall sign forest fire warning

Brick Wall Sign Forest Fire Warning


rusting no smoking sign on brick wall

Rusting No Smoking Sign On Brick Wall


modern condo architecture cubist

Modern Condo Architecture Cubist


bright pink flower blossoms

Bright Pink Flower Blossoms


sun over mountain tops

Sun Over Mountain Tops


soccer field with hillside landscape

Soccer Field With Hillside Landscape


aged france flag by water

Aged France Flag By Water


blue sky and small lush island

Blue Sky And Small Lush Island


leaf floating in rocky stream

Leaf Floating In Rocky Stream


oregon haystack rock

Oregon Haystack Rock


boat making waves on lake

Boat Making Waves On Lake


oceanside town at sunset

Oceanside Town At Sunset


hanging dead sunflower

Hanging Dead Sunflower


pink blossoms over crumbling walls

Pink Blossoms Over Crumbling Walls


oregon train station cocktower

Oregon Train Station Cocktower


pistachio nuts macro

Pistachio Nuts Macro


national parks oregon mountian

National Parks Oregon Mountian


window cleaners portrait

Window Cleaners Portrait


white crane head closeup

White Crane Head Closeup


sea stack by ocean at low tide

Sea Stack By Ocean At Low Tide


red and purple abstract ink clouds

Red And Purple Abstract Ink Clouds


autumn landscape from hilltops

Autumn Landscape From Hilltops


waves crash on side of seastack

Waves Crash On Side Of Seastack


queen anns lace texture

Queen Anns Lace Texture


brick archways by garden

Brick Archways By Garden


a close up of the bark on an old tree

A Close Up Of The Bark On An Old Tree


rustic wooden window frame against exposed brick

Rustic Wooden Window Frame Against Exposed Brick


bamboo stand with carving and color variations

Bamboo Stand With Carving And Color Variations


candyfloss wreaths ring a white flower

Candyfloss Wreaths Ring A White Flower


bright blue bird houses

Bright Blue Bird Houses


cornet instrument in dark room

Cornet Instrument In Dark Room


oregon forest trees

Oregon Forest Trees


paddling on perfect calm lake

Paddling On Perfect Calm Lake


cluster of dried hydrangeas

Cluster Of Dried Hydrangeas


cloudy day beach camp out

Cloudy Day Beach Camp Out


window cleaners

Window Cleaners


modern architecture curve with windows

Modern Architecture Curve With Windows


camera lens propped on a bottle

Camera Lens Propped On A Bottle


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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.