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.

autumn landscape from hilltops

Autumn Landscape From Hilltops

curved city street

Curved City Street

tourist views seaside

Tourist Views Seaside

aerial view of frozen pier

Aerial View Of Frozen Pier

close up of fern fronds

Close Up Of Fern Fronds

snowy mountain view

Snowy Mountain View

leafy hedge spanning length of wall

Leafy Hedge Spanning Length Of Wall

new york skyline from the water

New York Skyline From The Water

cut logs piled

Cut Logs Piled

bright blue bird houses

Bright Blue Bird Houses

macintosh apple trees in orchard

Macintosh Apple Trees In Orchard

queen anns lace texture

Queen Anns Lace Texture

ninja cat

Ninja Cat

mountain views at sunrise

Mountain Views At Sunrise

hand holding a mushroom

Hand Holding A Mushroom

leaf floating in rocky stream

Leaf Floating In Rocky Stream

cornet instrument in dark room

Cornet Instrument In Dark Room

round temple with detailed decor

Round Temple With Detailed Decor

a beach after a storm

A Beach After A Storm

oregon haystack rock

Oregon Haystack Rock

white crane head closeup

White Crane Head Closeup

steaming winter water under train bridge

Steaming Winter Water Under Train Bridge

cascade of hydrangea blossoms

Cascade Of Hydrangea Blossoms

handcrafted goodness on stone background

Handcrafted Goodness On Stone Background

pistachio nuts macro

Pistachio Nuts Macro

race track lane lines

Race Track Lane Lines

lush green artificial plant in pot

Lush Green Artificial Plant In Pot

single rock in shallow sea

Single Rock In Shallow Sea

blue natural landscape

Blue Natural Landscape

pink blossoms over crumbling walls

Pink Blossoms Over Crumbling Walls

observation deck of cn tower

Observation Deck Of CN Tower

concrete platform in the ocean

Concrete Platform In the Ocean

dry tips on long slim leaves

Dry Tips On Long Slim Leaves

maple branch & buds

Maple Branch & Buds

water tower at camp

Water Tower At Camp

window cleaners

Window Cleaners

american mount hood

American Mount Hood

oceanside town at sunset

Oceanside Town At Sunset

dirt road runds through green trees drone

Dirt Road Runds Through Green Trees Drone

tiny pumpkins big orange image

Tiny Pumpkins Big Orange Image

mount hood peaks through forest

Mount Hood Peaks Through Forest

purple and green leaves against black

Purple And Green Leaves Against Black

blanket of leaves

Blanket Of Leaves

black and white modern architecture

Black And white Modern Architecture

chinese flag on temple rooftop

Chinese Flag On Temple Rooftop

mound of leaves against black

Mound Of Leaves Against Black

quiet lake and hills

Quiet Lake And Hills

white crane in water walking forward

White Crane In Water Walking Forward

church tower in china

Church Tower In China

bridge over water oregon

Bridge Over Water Oregon

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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.