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.

platform 10 sign on brick wall at station

Platform 10 Sign On Brick Wall At Station


american mount hood

American Mount Hood


bridge over water oregon

Bridge Over Water Oregon


cloudy day beach camp out

Cloudy Day Beach Camp Out


indian rupees texture background

Indian Rupees Texture Background


blue sky and small lush island

Blue Sky And Small Lush Island


mount hood with calm lake reflection

Mount Hood With Calm Lake Reflection


boat making waves on lake

Boat Making Waves On Lake


apartment view shanghai

Apartment View Shanghai


helicopter flying over portland

Helicopter Flying Over Portland


orange pumpkin pile close up

Orange Pumpkin Pile Close Up


mountain by glassy lake with reflection

Mountain By Glassy Lake With Reflection


brick archways by garden

Brick Archways By Garden


close up on evergreen bonzai

Close Up On Evergreen Bonzai


haystack rock oregon

Haystack Rock Oregon


snowy mountains over grassy hills

Snowy Mountains Over Grassy Hills


woman holding up mobile smart phone

Woman Holding Up Mobile Smart Phone


cut logs piled

Cut Logs Piled


clay temple rooftop

Clay Temple Rooftop


dry tips on long slim leaves

Dry Tips On Long Slim Leaves


dry sunflower field texture

Dry Sunflower Field Texture


pizza sign with reflection

Pizza Sign With Reflection


tiny pumpkins big orange image

Tiny Pumpkins Big Orange Image


oregon train station cocktower

Oregon Train Station Cocktower


sheet metal roof in urban china

Sheet Metal Roof In Urban China


apartment building wondows

Apartment Building Wondows


brick building with blue detail

Brick Building With Blue Detail


three pine cones on crinkled paper

Three Pine Cones On Crinkled Paper


blue skies over rocky hill silhouette

Blue Skies Over Rocky Hill Silhouette


mount hood peaks through forest

Mount Hood Peaks Through Forest


dried sunflower field

Dried Sunflower Field


dusty planes at sunset

Dusty Planes At Sunset


green moss close up

Green Moss Close Up


village in china below hillside

Village In China Below Hillside


american mountain skyline

American Mountain Skyline


brick building with pillars

Brick Building With Pillars


steaming winter water under train bridge

Steaming Winter Water Under Train Bridge


chinese flag on temple rooftop

Chinese Flag On Temple Rooftop


mount hood oregon at dusk

Mount Hood Oregon At Dusk


fanned out rupees currency

Fanned Out Rupees Currency


multi-story buildings stretch along the seafront

Multi-Story Buildings Stretch Along The Seafront


icy layers of winter shoreline

Icy Layers Of Winter Shoreline


beneath a freeway angled raised roads

Beneath A Freeway Angled Raised Roads


single rock in shallow sea

Single Rock In Shallow Sea


a beach after a storm

A Beach After A Storm


concrete platform in the ocean

Concrete Platform In the Ocean


long wooden pier on blue ocean

Long Wooden Pier On Blue Ocean


waterside rock with icicles

Waterside Rock With Icicles


two piers on frozen sea

Two Piers On Frozen Sea


ice cracks on a frozen sea

Ice Cracks On A Frozen Sea


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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.