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.

calm garden walking bridge

Calm Garden Walking Bridge

bamboo stand with carving and color variations

Bamboo Stand With Carving And Color Variations

handcrafted goodness on stone background

Handcrafted Goodness On Stone Background

cloudy day beach camp out

Cloudy Day Beach Camp Out

aged wood close up

Aged Wood Close Up

bright sun above tall forest

Bright Sun Above Tall Forest

drying corn field under cloudy sky

Drying Corn Field Under Cloudy Sky

row of yellow trees by field and hills

Row Of Yellow Trees By Field And Hills

modern architecture curve with windows

Modern Architecture Curve With Windows

aerial shot of person atop parking lot

Aerial Shot Of Person Atop Parking Lot

bright yellow rose in hand

Bright Yellow Rose In Hand

cluster of dried hydrangeas

Cluster Of Dried Hydrangeas

a close up of the bark on an old tree

A Close Up Of The Bark On An Old Tree

wild grass going to seed

Wild Grass Going To Seed

curved city street

Curved City Street

led lights glow on ferris wheel

LED Lights Glow On Ferris Wheel

sunset on farmland

Sunset On Farmland

hanging dead sunflower

Hanging Dead Sunflower

aged wood with blue tones

Aged Wood With Blue Tones

blue lake and rocky mountains

Blue Lake And Rocky Mountains

platform 10 sign on brick wall at station

Platform 10 Sign On Brick Wall At Station

boat making waves on lake

Boat Making Waves On Lake

village in china below hillside

Village In China Below Hillside

railway painted on red barnboard

Railway Painted On Red Barnboard

fanned out rupees currency

Fanned Out Rupees Currency

white moon on crisp blue daytime sky lined by rocky cliffs

White Moon On Crisp Blue Daytime Sky Lined By Rocky Cliffs

ninja cat

Ninja Cat

rocky lakeshore clouded sky

Rocky Lakeshore Clouded Sky

gourds and pumpkins texture

Gourds And Pumpkins Texture

purple hydrangea close up

Purple Hydrangea Close Up

dock out into water

Dock Out Into Water

two paddleboarders coming into shore

Two Paddleboarders Coming Into Shore

close up of tree bark

Close Up Of Tree Bark

big thumbs up on red background

Big Thumbs Up On Red Background

close up of aged wood

Close Up Of Aged Wood

soccer field with hillside landscape

Soccer Field With Hillside Landscape

snowy mountains over grassy hills

Snowy Mountains Over Grassy Hills

rapids rush downhill past rocks

Rapids Rush Downhill Past Rocks

close up on delicate orchid

Close Up On Delicate Orchid

apartment building wondows

Apartment Building Wondows

overcast 59th street bridge

Overcast 59th Street Bridge

black and white modern architecture

Black And white Modern Architecture

broken stem in dry field

Broken Stem In Dry Field

golden spoon and metallic liquid

Golden Spoon And Metallic Liquid

multi-story buildings stretch along the seafront

Multi-Story Buildings Stretch Along The Seafront

dry queen annes lace stem

Dry Queen Annes Lace Stem

snowy mountain view

Snowy Mountain View

ocean shore city at dusk

Ocean Shore City At Dusk

blue sky and small lush island

Blue Sky And Small Lush Island

two piers on frozen sea

Two Piers On Frozen Sea

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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.