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.

snow dusted rocky path in winter

Snow Dusted Rocky Path In Winter


aged sports field risers

Aged Sports Field Risers


spread of rounded stones

Spread Of Rounded Stones


red rock cave

Red Rock Cave


close up of tree bark

Close Up Of Tree Bark


bright sun above tall forest

Bright Sun Above Tall Forest


white moon on crisp blue daytime sky lined by rocky cliffs

White Moon On Crisp Blue Daytime Sky Lined By Rocky Cliffs


cluster of dried hydrangeas

Cluster Of Dried Hydrangeas


fanned out rupees currency

Fanned Out Rupees Currency


apartment building wondows

Apartment Building Wondows


rows of candy corn

Rows of Candy Corn


galaxy on leaves

Galaxy On Leaves


money pattern

Money Pattern


bamboo stand with carving and color variations

Bamboo Stand With Carving And Color Variations


autumn harvest pumpkins and gourds

Autumn Harvest Pumpkins And Gourds


brown and white wood

Brown And White Wood


paddling on perfect calm lake

Paddling On Perfect Calm Lake


snowy mountains over grassy hills

Snowy Mountains Over Grassy Hills


hanging dead sunflower

Hanging Dead Sunflower


boat making waves on lake

Boat Making Waves On Lake


oregon forest trees

Oregon Forest Trees


platform 10 sign on brick wall at station

Platform 10 Sign On Brick Wall At Station


brick building with blue detail

Brick Building With Blue Detail


dusky desert

Dusky Desert


macintosh apple trees in orchard

Macintosh Apple Trees In Orchard


window cleaners portrait

Window Cleaners Portrait


close up on delicate orchid

Close Up On Delicate Orchid


purple hydrangea close up

Purple Hydrangea Close Up


autumn landscape from hilltops

Autumn Landscape From Hilltops


ocean shore city at dusk

Ocean Shore City At Dusk


lines of trees in snow

Lines Of Trees In Snow


blue sky and small lush island

Blue Sky And Small Lush Island


round temple with detailed decor

Round Temple With Detailed Decor


mountain by glassy lake with reflection

Mountain By Glassy Lake With Reflection


village in china below hillside

Village In China Below Hillside


golden spoon and metallic liquid

Golden Spoon And Metallic Liquid


national parks oregon mountian

National Parks Oregon Mountian


brick archways by garden

Brick Archways By Garden


cloudy day beach camp out

Cloudy Day Beach Camp Out


white crane head closeup

White Crane Head Closeup


leafy hedge spanning length of wall

Leafy Hedge Spanning Length Of Wall


two piers on frozen sea

Two Piers On Frozen Sea


mount hood with calm lake reflection

Mount Hood With Calm Lake Reflection


queen anns lace texture

Queen Anns Lace Texture


sandy feet, sandy beach

Sandy Feet, Sandy Beach


aged wood with blue tones

Aged Wood With Blue Tones


maple branch & buds

Maple Branch & Buds


cornet instrument in dark room

Cornet Instrument In Dark Room


multi-story buildings stretch along the seafront

Multi-Story Buildings Stretch Along The Seafront


pistachio nuts macro

Pistachio Nuts Macro


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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.