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.

red tailed hawk bird of prey

Red Tailed Hawk Bird Of Prey


race track lane lines

Race Track Lane Lines


camera lens propped on a bottle

Camera Lens Propped On A Bottle


apartment view shanghai

Apartment View Shanghai


rock formations on oregon coast

Rock Formations On Oregon Coast


galaxy on leaves

Galaxy On Leaves


fanned out rupees currency

Fanned Out Rupees Currency


a cloud of pink paint in water

A Cloud Of Pink Paint In Water


platform 10 sign on brick wall at station

Platform 10 Sign On Brick Wall At Station


purple hydrangea close up

Purple Hydrangea Close Up


low tide seaside rocks

Low Tide Seaside Rocks


snowy mountains over grassy hills

Snowy Mountains Over Grassy Hills


plane takes off in toronto

Plane Takes Off In Toronto


brick building with blue detail

Brick Building With Blue Detail


mountain views at sunrise

Mountain Views At Sunrise


metallic liquid in action

Metallic Liquid In Action


village in china below hillside

Village In China Below Hillside


brown and white wood

Brown And White Wood


apartment building wondows

Apartment Building Wondows


cut logs piled

Cut Logs Piled


the fine petals of a flower bubble pink smoke

The Fine Petals Of A Flower Bubble Pink Smoke


large ornate church doorway and pillars

Large Ornate Church Doorway And Pillars


mountain by glassy lake with reflection

Mountain By Glassy Lake With Reflection


rustic water tower

Rustic Water Tower


dirt road runds through green trees drone

Dirt Road Runds Through Green Trees Drone


haystack rock oregon coast

Haystack Rock Oregon Coast


ominous building seen from below

Ominous Building Seen From Below


blanket of leaves

Blanket Of Leaves


church tower in china

Church Tower In China


white moon on crisp blue daytime sky lined by rocky cliffs

White Moon On Crisp Blue Daytime Sky Lined By Rocky Cliffs


lines of trees in snow

Lines Of Trees In Snow


a red flower billows smokey clouds

A Red Flower Billows Smokey Clouds


autumn harvest pumpkins and gourds

Autumn Harvest Pumpkins And Gourds


pizza sign with reflection

Pizza Sign With Reflection


dry tips on long slim leaves

Dry Tips On Long Slim Leaves


american mount hood

American Mount Hood


chinese flag on temple rooftop

Chinese Flag On Temple Rooftop


cascade of hydrangea blossoms

Cascade Of Hydrangea Blossoms


lush green artificial plant in pot

Lush Green Artificial Plant In Pot


three pine cones on crinkled paper

Three Pine Cones On Crinkled Paper


dry sunflower field texture

Dry Sunflower Field Texture


helicopter flying over portland

Helicopter Flying Over Portland


clay temple rooftop

Clay Temple Rooftop


mount hood with calm lake reflection

Mount Hood With Calm Lake Reflection


a beach after a storm

A Beach After A Storm


multi-story buildings stretch along the seafront

Multi-Story Buildings Stretch Along The Seafront


haystack rock oregon

Haystack Rock Oregon


leafy hedge spanning length of wall

Leafy Hedge Spanning Length Of Wall


stylish tennis player on outdoor court

Stylish Tennis Player On Outdoor Court


two piers on frozen sea

Two Piers On 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.