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.

leafy hedge spanning length of wall

Leafy Hedge Spanning Length Of Wall

mountains as far as the eye can see

Mountains As Far As The Eye Can See

stylish tennis player on outdoor court

Stylish Tennis Player On Outdoor Court

two piers on frozen sea

Two Piers On Frozen Sea

crooked tree in desert

Crooked Tree In Desert

rocky shores of oregon usa

Rocky Shores Of Oregon Usa

the centre of this orange flower stems

The Centre Of This Orange Flower Stems

ocean meets rocky peninsula

Ocean Meets Rocky Peninsula

bridge over water oregon

Bridge Over Water Oregon

purple and white orchid close up

Purple And White Orchid Close Up

steaming winter water under train bridge

Steaming Winter Water Under Train Bridge

a flower begins to seethe red and orange plumes

A Flower Begins To Seethe Red And Orange Plumes

orange pumpkin pile close up

Orange Pumpkin Pile Close Up

close up on evergreen bonzai

Close Up On Evergreen Bonzai

rocky shore and low clouds

Rocky Shore And Low Clouds

sunset by rural roads

Sunset By Rural Roads

icy layers of winter shoreline

Icy Layers Of Winter Shoreline

green moss close up

Green Moss Close Up

low tide rock formations

Low Tide Rock Formations

sheet metal roof in urban china

Sheet Metal Roof In Urban China

dried sunflower field

Dried Sunflower Field

aerial view of frozen pier

Aerial View Of Frozen Pier

tiny pumpkins big orange image

Tiny Pumpkins Big Orange Image

quiet lake and hills

Quiet Lake And Hills

mount hood peaks through forest

Mount Hood Peaks Through Forest

golden spoon and metallic liquid

Golden Spoon And Metallic Liquid

sugar and spoons

Sugar And Spoons

waterside rock with icicles

Waterside Rock With Icicles

mound of leaves against black

Mound Of Leaves Against Black

blue skies over rocky hill silhouette

Blue Skies Over Rocky Hill Silhouette

cone of leaves

Cone Of Leaves

dusky desert

Dusky Desert

single rock in shallow sea

Single Rock In Shallow Sea

purple and green leaves against black

Purple And Green Leaves Against Black

american mountain skyline

American Mountain Skyline

dusty planes at sunset

Dusty Planes At Sunset

brick building with pillars

Brick Building With Pillars

mount hood oregon at dusk

Mount Hood Oregon At Dusk

rocky desert landscape

Rocky Desert Landscape

concrete platform in the ocean

Concrete Platform In the Ocean

three rocks and a road

Three Rocks And A Road

long wooden pier on blue ocean

Long Wooden Pier On Blue Ocean

beneath a freeway angled raised roads

Beneath A Freeway Angled Raised Roads

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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.