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 making waves on lake

Boat Making Waves On Lake


modern condo architecture cubist

Modern Condo Architecture Cubist


dirt road runds through green trees drone

Dirt Road Runds Through Green Trees Drone


american mount hood

American Mount Hood


modern architecture curve with windows

Modern Architecture Curve With Windows


church tower in china

Church Tower In China


rusting no smoking sign on brick wall

Rusting No Smoking Sign On Brick Wall


artificial plant in white pot

Artificial Plant In White Pot


rocky shores of oregon usa

Rocky Shores Of Oregon Usa


snowy mountains over grassy hills

Snowy Mountains Over Grassy Hills


queen anns lace texture

Queen Anns Lace Texture


bright blue bird houses

Bright Blue Bird Houses


cloudy day beach camp out

Cloudy Day Beach Camp Out


gourds and pumpkins texture

Gourds And Pumpkins Texture


autumn harvest pumpkins and gourds

Autumn Harvest Pumpkins And Gourds


large ornate church doorway and pillars

Large Ornate Church Doorway And Pillars


ocean meets rocky peninsula

Ocean Meets Rocky Peninsula


brick archways by garden

Brick Archways By Garden


red apple on old fashioned weighing scales

Red Apple On Old Fashioned Weighing Scales


mountain by glassy lake with reflection

Mountain By Glassy Lake With Reflection


haystack rock oregon

Haystack Rock Oregon


mount hood with calm lake reflection

Mount Hood With Calm Lake Reflection


rocky shore and low clouds

Rocky Shore And Low Clouds


platform 10 sign on brick wall at station

Platform 10 Sign On Brick Wall At Station


bridge over water oregon

Bridge Over Water Oregon


cut logs piled

Cut Logs Piled


low tide rock formations

Low Tide Rock Formations


close up on evergreen bonzai

Close Up On Evergreen Bonzai


purple and white orchid close up

Purple And White Orchid Close Up


clay temple rooftop

Clay Temple Rooftop


apartment view shanghai

Apartment View Shanghai


sunset by rural roads

Sunset By Rural Roads


brick building with blue detail

Brick Building With Blue Detail


lush green artificial plant in pot

Lush Green Artificial Plant In Pot


pizza sign with reflection

Pizza Sign With Reflection


apartment building wondows

Apartment Building Wondows


helicopter flying over portland

Helicopter Flying Over Portland


oregon train station cocktower

Oregon Train Station Cocktower


cluster of dried hydrangeas

Cluster Of Dried Hydrangeas


wall of thick, waxy leaves

Wall Of Thick, Waxy Leaves


village in china below hillside

Village In China Below Hillside


dry tips on long slim leaves

Dry Tips On Long Slim Leaves


orange pumpkin pile close up

Orange Pumpkin Pile Close Up


dry sunflower field texture

Dry Sunflower Field Texture


steaming winter water under train bridge

Steaming Winter Water Under Train Bridge


purple hydrangea close up

Purple Hydrangea Close Up


hands holding a sketchbook with '50% off'

Hands Holding A Sketchbook With '50% Off'


blue skies over rocky hill silhouette

Blue Skies Over Rocky Hill Silhouette


three pine cones on crinkled paper

Three Pine Cones On Crinkled Paper


sheet metal roof in urban china

Sheet Metal Roof In Urban China


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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.