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.

a bunch of succulents in a garden

A Bunch Of Succulents In A Garden

tight cluster of small green plants

Tight Cluster Of Small Green Plants

national parks oregon mountian

National Parks Oregon Mountian

pair of glasses on a bed

Pair Of Glasses On A Bed

snowy mountain view

Snowy Mountain View

sunset on farmland

Sunset On Farmland

ocean shore city at dusk

Ocean Shore City At Dusk

rocky lakeshore clouded sky

Rocky Lakeshore Clouded Sky

platform 10 sign on brick wall at station

Platform 10 Sign On Brick Wall At Station

close up of tree bark

Close Up Of Tree Bark

frost coated nature

Frost Coated Nature

fanned out rupees currency

Fanned Out Rupees Currency

row of yellow trees by field and hills

Row Of Yellow Trees By Field And Hills

oregon forest trees

Oregon Forest Trees

new york skyline from the water

New York Skyline From The Water

deep green leaves under shadows

Deep Green Leaves Under Shadows

autumn harvest pumpkins and gourds

Autumn Harvest Pumpkins And Gourds

trees in shenzhen

Trees In Shenzhen

plant branch with green leaves

Plant Branch With Green Leaves

mountain lake scene

Mountain Lake Scene

icy layers of winter shoreline

Icy Layers Of Winter Shoreline

get started today on marble background

Get Started Today On Marble Background

houseplant in white pot on minimalist background

Houseplant In White Pot On Minimalist Background

golden spoon and metallic liquid

Golden Spoon And Metallic Liquid

led lights glow on ferris wheel

LED Lights Glow On Ferris Wheel

soccer field with hillside landscape

Soccer Field With Hillside Landscape

two paddleboarders coming into shore

Two Paddleboarders Coming Into Shore

mountain by glassy lake with reflection

Mountain By Glassy Lake With Reflection

sun cracked cliffs overlook bathers on a sandy beach

Sun Cracked Cliffs Overlook Bathers On A Sandy Beach

overcast 59th street bridge

Overcast 59th Street Bridge

blue sky and small lush island

Blue Sky And Small Lush Island

2021 words in wooden tiles on pink

2021 Words In Wooden Tiles On Pink

rapids rush downhill past rocks

Rapids Rush Downhill Past Rocks

three rocks and a road

Three Rocks And A Road

blue natural landscape

Blue Natural Landscape

dock out into water

Dock Out Into Water

lines of trees in snow

Lines Of Trees In Snow

tourist views seaside

Tourist Views Seaside

snow dusted rocky path in winter

Snow Dusted Rocky Path In Winter

close up on delicate orchid

Close Up On Delicate Orchid

mount hood with calm lake reflection

Mount Hood With Calm Lake Reflection

aerial view of frozen pier

Aerial View Of Frozen Pier

pine cones and acorns lined up on paper

Pine Cones And Acorns Lined Up On Paper

two black cats on the rocks

Two Black Cats On The Rocks

bright blue bird houses

Bright Blue Bird Houses

shop now sign on dark wood

Shop Now Sign On Dark Wood

single orange maple leaf in hand

Single Orange Maple Leaf In Hand

cornet instrument in dark room

Cornet Instrument In Dark Room

cascade of hydrangea blossoms

Cascade Of Hydrangea Blossoms

leafy hedge spanning length of wall

Leafy Hedge Spanning Length Of Wall

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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.