HD Background Images and Photos

Browse through our collection 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.

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a bar of dark chocolate on white

A Bar Of Dark Chocolate On White


flag of china flying

Flag Of China Flying


football field side lines

Football Field Side Lines


white sign says summer against a yellow curved wall

White Sign Says Summer Against A Yellow Curved Wall


a red flower billows smokey clouds

A Red Flower Billows Smokey Clouds


The Last Rays Of Sunlight Disappear Behind Hills

The Last Rays Of Sunlight Disappear Behind Hills


bunches of japanese maple leaves layered over sky in soft focus

Bunches Of Japanese Maple Leaves Layered Over Sky In Soft Focus


sun through green leaves

Sun Through Green Leaves


two grape hyacinths on pink

Two Grape Hyacinths On Pink


sunset over water by rocky shore

Sunset Over Water By Rocky Shore


black tilted microphone and a computer keyboard

Black Tilted Microphone And A Computer Keyboard


racing track lanes textures

Racing Track Lanes Textures


a black mounted metal microphone against red

A Black Mounted Metal Microphone Against Red


smoke from candlesticks blown out

Smoke From Candlesticks Blown Out


us national park train tracks by water

Us National Park Train Tracks By Water


florist display through glass window

Florist Display Through Glass Window


microphone for christmas carols

Microphone For Christmas Carols


high rise window washer

High Rise Window Washer


cherry blossoms in front of flatiron building

Cherry Blossoms In Front Of Flatiron Building


dark green leaf showing the details

Dark Green Leaf Showing The Details


abstract photo of orange and green marbling

Abstract Photo Of Orange And Green Marbling


snow capped maountain peaks fresh water

Snow Capped Maountain Peaks Fresh Water


minimalist houseplant on grey background

Minimalist Houseplant On Grey Background


fisheye shanghai

Fisheye Shanghai


close up green leaf texture

Close Up Green Leaf Texture


colorful lines in a gradient

Colorful Lines In A Gradient


white and blue marbling abstract view

White And Blue Marbling Abstract View


ice coated leaves

Ice Coated Leaves


red hillside path

Red Hillside Path


victoria bc town hall building

Victoria BC Town Hall Building


half blue and half pink photo with earrings lined up

Half Blue And Half Pink Photo With Earrings Lined Up


three paper woven carrots

Three Paper Woven Carrots


white stripes of fireworks

White Stripes Of Fireworks


tall forest trees from trunk

Tall Forest Trees From Trunk


ocean view in mexico

Ocean View In Mexico


red apple on old fashioned weighing scales

Red Apple On Old Fashioned Weighing Scales


pine tree texture dark greens

Pine Tree Texture Dark Greens


looking through stone archway with benches

Looking Through Stone Archway With Benches


rows of candy corn

Rows of Candy Corn


clothes pins against a bright blue sky

Clothes Pins Against A Bright Blue Sky


brick wall sign forest fire warning

Brick Wall Sign Forest Fire Warning


black and white fingers

Black And White Fingers


basketball court circle texture

Basketball Court Circle Texture


barn house in sunflower field

Barn House In Sunflower Field


newly blossomed orange flowers

Newly Blossomed Orange Flowers


person looks up towards beautiful architecture

Person Looks Up Towards Beautiful Architecture


frozen tree

Frozen Tree


brown wall lit up with a yellow light at top

Brown Wall Lit Up With A Yellow Light At Top


soccer field net close up

Soccer Field Net Close Up


water drops on thin branch

Water Drops On Thin Branch


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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.