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.

mount hood oregon at dusk

Mount Hood Oregon At Dusk


purple and green leaves against black

Purple And Green Leaves Against Black


single rock in shallow sea

Single Rock In Shallow Sea


mound of leaves against black

Mound Of Leaves Against Black


clay temple rooftop

Clay Temple Rooftop


cone of leaves

Cone Of Leaves


waterside rock with icicles

Waterside Rock With Icicles


green moss close up

Green Moss Close Up


american mountain skyline

American Mountain Skyline


sheet metal roof in urban china

Sheet Metal Roof In Urban China


close up on evergreen bonzai

Close Up On Evergreen Bonzai


purple and white orchid close up

Purple And White Orchid Close Up


sunset by rural roads

Sunset By Rural Roads


rocky shores of oregon usa

Rocky Shores Of Oregon Usa


rocky shore and low clouds

Rocky Shore And Low Clouds


long wooden pier on blue ocean

Long Wooden Pier On Blue Ocean


low tide rock formations

Low Tide Rock Formations


brick building with pillars

Brick Building With Pillars


wooden hiking path

Wooden Hiking Path


dusty planes at sunset

Dusty Planes At Sunset


aerial view of water treatment plant

Aerial View Of Water Treatment Plant


water treatment plant from above

Water Treatment Plant From Above


beneath a freeway angled raised roads

Beneath A Freeway Angled Raised Roads


forest with rocks and road

Forest With Rocks And Road


snow and sunlight

Snow And Sunlight


water falls like chandelier

Water Falls Like Chandelier


waterfall from rock formations over grass

Waterfall From Rock Formations Over Grass


tourist views seaside

Tourist Views Seaside


blue natural landscape

Blue Natural Landscape


snowy mountain view

Snowy Mountain View


blue lake and rocky mountains

Blue Lake And Rocky Mountains


hillside lake and town

Hillside Lake And Town


black and white modern architecture

Black And white Modern Architecture


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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.