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.

flower petals huddled together near a candle

Flower Petals Huddled Together Near a Candle


dense bamboo stand

Dense Bamboo Stand


oregon train station cocktower

Oregon Train Station Cocktower


pizza sign with reflection

Pizza Sign With Reflection


blanket of leaves

Blanket Of Leaves


large cluster of clothespins

Large Cluster Of Clothespins


dry sunflower field texture

Dry Sunflower Field Texture


close up of tree bark

Close Up Of Tree Bark


texture of old tree

Texture Of Old Tree


steaming winter water under train bridge

Steaming Winter Water Under Train Bridge


orange pumpkin pile close up

Orange Pumpkin Pile Close Up


texture of bark on old tree

Texture Of Bark On Old Tree


cursive handwriting with 'rise and shine'

Cursive Handwriting With 'Rise And Shine'


a close up of the bark on an old tree

A Close Up Of The Bark On An Old Tree


multi-story buildings stretch along the seafront

Multi-Story Buildings Stretch Along The Seafront


cascade of hydrangea blossoms

Cascade Of Hydrangea Blossoms


three pine cones on crinkled paper

Three Pine Cones On Crinkled Paper


sheet metal roof in urban china

Sheet Metal Roof In Urban China


blue skies over rocky hill silhouette

Blue Skies Over Rocky Hill Silhouette


chinese flag on temple rooftop

Chinese Flag On Temple Rooftop


fanned out rupees currency

Fanned Out Rupees Currency


wilting flowers in opposite corners

Wilting Flowers In Opposite Corners


tiny pumpkins big orange image

Tiny Pumpkins Big Orange Image


rustic wooden window frame against exposed brick

Rustic Wooden Window Frame Against Exposed Brick


mount hood peaks through forest

Mount Hood Peaks Through Forest


leafy hedge spanning length of wall

Leafy Hedge Spanning Length Of Wall


green moss close up

Green Moss Close Up


bamboo stand with carving and color variations

Bamboo Stand With Carving And Color Variations


waterside rock with icicles

Waterside Rock With Icicles


dried sunflower field

Dried Sunflower Field


dusty planes at sunset

Dusty Planes At Sunset


purple and green leaves against black

Purple And Green Leaves Against Black


two piers on frozen sea

Two Piers On Frozen Sea


mound of leaves against black

Mound Of Leaves Against Black


american mountain skyline

American Mountain Skyline


camera lens propped on a bottle

Camera Lens Propped On A Bottle


mount hood oregon at dusk

Mount Hood Oregon At Dusk


a beach after a storm

A Beach After A Storm


cone of leaves

Cone Of Leaves


brick building with pillars

Brick Building With Pillars


single rock in shallow sea

Single Rock In Shallow Sea


stylish tennis player on outdoor court

Stylish Tennis Player On Outdoor Court


icy layers of winter shoreline

Icy Layers Of Winter Shoreline


plane takes off in toronto

Plane Takes Off In Toronto


aerial view of frozen pier

Aerial View Of Frozen Pier


white moon on crisp blue daytime sky lined by rocky cliffs

White Moon On Crisp Blue Daytime Sky Lined By Rocky Cliffs


brown and white wood

Brown And White Wood


concrete platform in the ocean

Concrete Platform In the Ocean


long wooden pier on blue ocean

Long Wooden Pier On Blue Ocean


lines of trees in snow

Lines Of Trees In Snow


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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.