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.

icy layers of winter shoreline

Icy Layers Of Winter Shoreline

pistachio nuts macro

Pistachio Nuts Macro

observation deck of cn tower

Observation Deck Of CN Tower

oregon haystack rock

Oregon Haystack Rock

pink blossoms over crumbling walls

Pink Blossoms Over Crumbling Walls

new york skyline from the water

New York Skyline From The Water

leaf floating in rocky stream

Leaf Floating In Rocky Stream

three rocks and a road

Three Rocks And A Road

overcast 59th street bridge

Overcast 59th Street Bridge

close up of fern fronds

Close Up Of Fern Fronds

steaming winter water under train bridge

Steaming Winter Water Under Train Bridge

bright blue bird houses

Bright Blue Bird Houses

oceanside town at sunset

Oceanside Town At Sunset

dirt road runds through green trees drone

Dirt Road Runds Through Green Trees Drone

dry tips on long slim leaves

Dry Tips On Long Slim Leaves

mountain views at sunrise

Mountain Views At Sunrise

cascade of hydrangea blossoms

Cascade Of Hydrangea Blossoms

window cleaners

Window Cleaners

aerial view of frozen pier

Aerial View Of Frozen Pier

aged wood close up

Aged Wood Close Up

white crane in water walking forward

White Crane In Water Walking Forward

cut logs piled

Cut Logs Piled

church tower in china

Church Tower In China

a beach after a storm

A Beach After A Storm

race track lane lines

Race Track Lane Lines

water falls like chandelier

Water Falls Like Chandelier

rock formations on oregon coast

Rock Formations On Oregon Coast

waves crash on side of seastack

Waves Crash On Side Of Seastack

lush green artificial plant in pot

Lush Green Artificial Plant In Pot

close up of aged wood

Close Up Of Aged Wood

sea stack by ocean at low tide

Sea Stack By Ocean At Low Tide

red tailed hawk bird of prey

Red Tailed Hawk Bird Of Prey

tiny pumpkins big orange image

Tiny Pumpkins Big Orange Image

quiet lake and hills

Quiet Lake And Hills

chinese flag on temple rooftop

Chinese Flag On Temple Rooftop

large ornate church doorway and pillars

Large Ornate Church Doorway And Pillars

ominous building seen from below

Ominous Building Seen From Below

mount hood peaks through forest

Mount Hood Peaks Through Forest

dry sunflower field texture

Dry Sunflower Field Texture

concrete platform in the ocean

Concrete Platform In the Ocean

blanket of leaves

Blanket Of Leaves

haystack rock oregon coast

Haystack Rock Oregon Coast

helicopter flying over portland

Helicopter Flying Over Portland

orange pumpkin pile close up

Orange Pumpkin Pile Close Up

single rock in shallow sea

Single Rock In Shallow Sea

low tide seaside rocks

Low Tide Seaside Rocks

rustic water tower

Rustic Water Tower

american mount hood

American Mount Hood

bridge over water oregon

Bridge Over Water Oregon

mound of leaves against black

Mound Of Leaves Against Black

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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.