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.

vertical pumpkin pile

Vertical Pumpkin Pile


silver cornet musical instrument

Silver Cornet Musical Instrument


clay rooftops in china

Clay Rooftops In China


crooked tree in desert

Crooked Tree In Desert


frosty winter ice

Frosty Winter Ice


toronto city summer skyline

Toronto City Summer Skyline


moody pine tree branches

Moody Pine Tree Branches


wide angle chinese temple

Wide Angle Chinese Temple


aged stone wall close up

Aged Stone Wall Close Up


mountains as far as the eye can see

Mountains As Far As The Eye Can See


lakes and hills under clouded fall sky

Lakes And Hills Under Clouded Fall Sky


wall of thick, waxy leaves

Wall Of Thick, Waxy Leaves


autumn harvest pile

Autumn Harvest Pile


hand holding a mushroom

Hand Holding A Mushroom


basketball court hoop shadow

Basketball Court Hoop Shadow


branches in bog

Branches In Bog


sandy feet, sandy beach

Sandy Feet, Sandy Beach


camera lens propped on a bottle

Camera Lens Propped On A Bottle


grey storm clouds over dry farm field

Grey Storm Clouds Over Dry Farm Field


tall ship docked in fog

Tall Ship Docked In Fog


waves come in after low tide

Waves Come In After Low Tide


twin condo towers

Twin Condo Towers


race track texture

Race Track Texture


cement architecture corner under sky

Cement Architecture Corner Under Sky


football field turf paint

Football Field Turf Paint


dried up flower in the wild

Dried Up Flower In The Wild


modern condo building under bright blue sky

Modern Condo Building Under Bright Blue Sky


leaf balances on rock by waterfall

Leaf Balances On Rock By Waterfall


wooden hiking path

Wooden Hiking Path


white crane in water side profile

White Crane In Water Side Profile


aged france flag by water

Aged France Flag By Water


silver and holiday horn

Silver And Holiday Horn


rocky reflection by mountain

Rocky Reflection By Mountain


modern condo architecture cubist

Modern Condo Architecture Cubist


rusting no smoking sign on brick wall

Rusting No Smoking Sign On Brick Wall


frost coated nature

Frost Coated Nature


apartment view shanghai

Apartment View Shanghai


shop now diagonal sign on wood

Shop Now Diagonal Sign On Wood


boat drives through waterway in cottage country

Boat Drives Through Waterway In Cottage Country


pizza sign with reflection

Pizza Sign With Reflection


rows of candy corn

Rows of Candy Corn


red rock cave

Red Rock Cave


train tracks from overhead

Train Tracks From Overhead


calm garden walking bridge

Calm Garden Walking Bridge


plant branch on a white background

Plant Branch On A White Background


a big fluffy dog with a necktie

A Big Fluffy Dog With A Necktie


brown and white wood

Brown And White Wood


cloudy day beach camp out

Cloudy Day Beach Camp Out


aerial shot of person atop parking lot

Aerial Shot Of Person Atop Parking Lot


wild grass going to seed

Wild Grass Going To Seed


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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.