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.

fall leaves changing color

Fall Leaves Changing Color

urban china construction

Urban China Construction

galaxy on leaves

Galaxy On Leaves

view from rooftop

View From Rooftop

rocky seaside cliffs and foggy ocean air

Rocky Seaside Cliffs And Foggy Ocean Air

harmonica tambourine and ukulele

Harmonica Tambourine And Ukulele

cubist style in urban housing

Cubist Style In Urban Housing

stark bare trees in winter forest

Stark Bare Trees In Winter Forest

metallic liquid in action

Metallic Liquid In Action

stone surrounded by ground cover

Stone Surrounded By Ground Cover

portrait race track lines texture

Portrait Race Track Lines Texture

close up of wood

Close Up Of Wood

striations in wood

Striations In Wood

three maple leaves in a row

Three Maple Leaves In A Row

racing track lane lines

Racing Track Lane Lines

the centre of this orange flower stems

The Centre Of This Orange Flower Stems

money pattern

Money Pattern

tall trees reach for sky and light

Tall Trees Reach For Sky And Light

holiday candlesticks blown out

Holiday Candlesticks Blown Out

abstract image of beach scene

Abstract Image Of Beach Scene

waterfall over rocky cliff

Waterfall Over Rocky Cliff

colored aged wood

Colored Aged Wood

marina by hills

Marina By Hills

bright blue sky over oregon forest

Bright Blue Sky Over Oregon Forest

stem of queen annes lace

Stem Of Queen Annes Lace

cursive handwriting with 'rise and shine'

Cursive Handwriting With 'Rise And Shine'

urban skate park half pipe

Urban Skate Park Half Pipe

wind-blown tree

Wind-blown Tree

lensball red and black basketball court

Lensball Red And Black Basketball Court

urban mid rise with blue sky

Urban Mid Rise With Blue Sky

abandoned train car with lone chair

Abandoned Train Car With Lone Chair

metal bridge beams with blue sky

Metal Bridge Beams With Blue Sky

glassy lake reflects mount hood oregon

Glassy Lake Reflects Mount Hood Oregon

a flower begins to seethe red and orange plumes

A Flower Begins To Seethe Red And Orange Plumes

red mushroom toadstool

Red Mushroom Toadstool

chinese temple details

Chinese Temple Details

blue sky behind basketball net

Blue Sky Behind Basketball Net

blue sky over desert

Blue Sky Over Desert

dock on choppy cottage country lake

Dock On Choppy Cottage Country Lake

dramatic clouds roll over green mountain

Dramatic Clouds Roll Over Green Mountain

layered wood up close

Layered Wood Up Close

calm garden path

Calm Garden Path

silver cornet musical instrument

Silver Cornet Musical Instrument

sunset over cliffside and rocky edge

Sunset Over Cliffside And Rocky Edge

tall forest trees of oregon

Tall Forest Trees Of Oregon

toronto city summer skyline

Toronto City Summer Skyline

vertical pumpkin pile

Vertical Pumpkin Pile

frosty winter ice

Frosty Winter Ice

maple leaves texture moody

Maple Leaves Texture Moody

clay rooftops in china

Clay Rooftops In 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 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.