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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brown wall lit up with a yellow light at top

Brown Wall Lit Up With A Yellow Light At Top

fabric and ribbons on white background

Fabric And Ribbons On White Background

person sits and takes in the rocky mountain view

Person Sits And Takes In The Rocky Mountain View

stream through rocky hillside

Stream Through Rocky Hillside

texture of bark on old tree

Texture Of Bark On Old Tree

sharp colored pencils lined up in a row

Sharp Colored Pencils Lined Up In A Row

handcrafted goodness sign on stone

Handcrafted Goodness Sign On Stone

mossy volcanic hillside

Mossy Volcanic Hillside

oregon train station cocktower

Oregon Train Station Cocktower

subscribe written under a phone and laptop

Subscribe Written Under A Phone And Laptop

rocky formations

Rocky Formations

galaxy on leaves

Galaxy On Leaves

american flag on beach cottage

American Flag On Beach Cottage

a film reel lays flat catching the sunlight

A Film Reel Lays Flat Catching The Sunlight

metal bridge beams with blue sky

Metal Bridge Beams With Blue Sky

red white and blue marbling abstract view

Red White And Blue Marbling Abstract View

folk music instruments

Folk Music Instruments

open plan mid century modern apartment

Open Plan Mid Century Modern Apartment

rocky desert landscape

Rocky Desert Landscape

fall harvest vegetable market

Fall Harvest Vegetable Market

bamboo water fountain

Bamboo Water Fountain

bright blue sky over oregon forest

Bright Blue Sky Over Oregon Forest

rocks and lights of new york

Rocks And Lights Of New York

keyboards on blue surface

Keyboards On Blue Surface

looking up through basketball net

Looking Up Through Basketball Net

tea lettering on white ceramic

Tea Lettering On White Ceramic

closed tulip in shadows

Closed Tulip In Shadows

green tree with small orange fruit on branches

Green Tree With Small Orange Fruit On Branches

building made of white intricate archways

Building Made Of White Intricate Archways

from the grasses view

From The Grasses View

treeline below mountain and blue sky

Treeline Below Mountain And Blue Sky

portrait of a woman with long brown hair and crossed arms

Portrait Of A Woman With Long Brown Hair And Crossed Arms

tree after ice storm

Tree After Ice Storm

cactus close up in green

Cactus Close Up In Green

pink and red marbling abstract view

Pink And Red Marbling Abstract View

lake lighting

Lake Lighting

aerial image of parking spaces by grass

Aerial Image Of Parking Spaces By Grass

bright white daisy surrounded by foliage

Bright White Daisy Surrounded By Foliage

stream nestled between fall trees

Stream Nestled Between Fall Trees

purple and white marbling abstract view

Purple And White Marbling Abstract View

white flowing sheet outdoors with a wooden stool in front of it

White Flowing Sheet Outdoors With A Wooden Stool In Front Of It

detailed exterior of temple in china

Detailed Exterior of Temple In China

white crane water reflection ripples

White Crane Water Reflection Ripples

colored pencils lines up on a black background

Colored Pencils Lines Up On A Black Background

sun behind clouds at sunset by lake

Sun Behind Clouds At Sunset By Lake

no parking sign on textured background

No Parking SIgn On Textured Background

compact car drives past iceland hill

Compact Car Drives Past Iceland Hill

mobile gimbal floating on grey background

Mobile Gimbal Floating On Grey Background

chipped blue paint on aging shutters

Chipped Blue Paint On Aging Shutters

close up of a painted cement wall with splashes of colour

Close Up Of A Painted Cement Wall With Splashes Of Colour

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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.