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.

tall ship docked in fog

Tall Ship Docked In Fog

train tracks from overhead

Train Tracks From Overhead

football field turf paint

Football Field Turf Paint

row of yellow trees by field and hills

Row Of Yellow Trees By Field And Hills

rusting no smoking sign on brick wall

Rusting No Smoking Sign On Brick Wall

modern condo building under bright blue sky

Modern Condo Building Under Bright Blue Sky

rocky reflection by mountain

Rocky Reflection By Mountain

natural forest collapse

Natural Forest Collapse

blue sky over desert

Blue Sky Over Desert

leaf balances on rock by waterfall

Leaf Balances On Rock By Waterfall

wall of thick, waxy leaves

Wall Of Thick, Waxy Leaves

broken stem in dry field

Broken Stem In Dry Field

sugar and spoons

Sugar And Spoons

colored aged wood

Colored Aged Wood

a flower begins to seethe red and orange plumes

A Flower Begins To Seethe Red And Orange Plumes

mountains as far as the eye can see

Mountains As Far As The Eye Can See

festive fall pumpkin pile

Festive Fall Pumpkin Pile

crooked tree in desert

Crooked Tree In Desert

rocky lakeshore clouded sky

Rocky Lakeshore Clouded Sky

wild grass going to seed

Wild Grass Going To Seed

cement architecture corner under sky

Cement Architecture Corner Under Sky

rocky desert landscape

Rocky Desert Landscape

pizza sign with reflection

Pizza Sign With Reflection

dry queen annes lace stem

Dry Queen Annes Lace Stem

apartment view shanghai

Apartment View Shanghai

modern condo architecture cubist

Modern Condo Architecture Cubist

race track texture

Race Track Texture

grey storm clouds over dry farm field

Grey Storm Clouds Over Dry Farm Field

close up of wood

Close Up Of Wood

led lights glow on ferris wheel

LED Lights Glow On Ferris Wheel

aged france flag by water

Aged France Flag By Water

a close up of the bark on an old tree

A Close Up Of The Bark On An Old Tree

two paddleboarders coming into shore

Two Paddleboarders Coming Into Shore

boat drives through waterway in cottage country

Boat Drives Through Waterway In Cottage Country

calm garden walking bridge

Calm Garden Walking Bridge

sunset on farmland

Sunset On Farmland

modern architecture curve with windows

Modern Architecture Curve With Windows

wind-blown tree

Wind-blown Tree

rapids rush downhill past rocks

Rapids Rush Downhill Past Rocks

aerial shot of person atop parking lot

Aerial Shot Of Person Atop Parking Lot

pine cones and acorns lined up on paper

Pine Cones And Acorns Lined Up On Paper

layered wood up close

Layered Wood Up Close

drying corn field under cloudy sky

Drying Corn Field Under Cloudy Sky

brick wall sign forest fire warning

Brick Wall Sign Forest Fire Warning

railway painted on red barnboard

Railway Painted On Red Barnboard

dock out into water

Dock Out Into Water

soccer field with hillside landscape

Soccer Field With Hillside Landscape

spread of rounded stones

Spread Of Rounded Stones

camera lens propped on a bottle

Camera Lens Propped On A Bottle

striations in wood

Striations In Wood

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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.