HD Background Images and Photos

Browse through our collection 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.

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large cluster of clothespins

Large Cluster Of Clothespins

drying corn field under cloudy sky

Drying Corn Field Under Cloudy Sky

sumac tree against a clear blue sky

Sumac Tree Against A Clear Blue Sky

brown and white cat dozing off

Brown And White Cat Dozing Off

tall forest trees of oregon

Tall Forest Trees Of Oregon

winter hay bails

Winter Hay Bails

dark image of a plants leaves with yellow spots

Dark Image Of A Plants Leaves With Yellow Spots

blank wood frame chalkboard hangs on a blue wall

Blank Wood Frame Chalkboard Hangs On A Blue Wall

wind-blown tree

Wind-blown Tree

winter in northern landscape

Winter In Northern Landscape

orchid flowers white and purple

Orchid Flowers White And Purple

lensball purple and yellow lights

Lensball Purple And Yellow Lights

bright yellow rose in hand

Bright Yellow Rose In Hand

fern photobomb

Fern Photobomb

wintery sunny beach

Wintery Sunny Beach

blurry abstract photo of glass bottles

Blurry Abstract Photo Of Glass Bottles

sunset gradient overlooking ocean

Sunset Gradient Overlooking Ocean

weathered wall with grass growing on cracks

Weathered Wall With Grass Growing On Cracks

the mehrangarh fort and museum

The Mehrangarh Fort and Museum

purple and red marbling abstract view

Purple And Red Marbling Abstract View

down flights of stairs

Down Flights Of Stairs

vine brick background

Vine Brick Background

reverb amp for playing sweet music

Reverb Amp For Playing Sweet Music

ventilation texture

Ventilation Texture

unique brick texture

Unique Brick Texture

orange sunset over coastline

Orange Sunset Over Coastline

hand holds out phone against black background

Hand Holds Out Phone Against Black Background

round stones in rushing water

Round Stones In Rushing Water

outdoor swimming pool with tall trees behind it

Outdoor Swimming Pool With Tall Trees Behind It

uniquely painted city building

Uniquely Painted City Building

lined cell phones floating above orange rocks

Lined Cell Phones Floating Above Orange Rocks

vibrant aqua blue water below cliff edge

Vibrant Aqua Blue Water Below Cliff Edge

anytime sign on wall

Anytime Sign On Wall

waxy leaves

Waxy Leaves

close up of a worn barn exterior

Close Up Of A Worn Barn Exterior

hiker in rocky iceland field

Hiker In Rocky Iceland Field

sunflower looks up towards the sun

Sunflower Looks Up Towards The Sun

florence italy haze

Florence Italy Haze

beautiful landscape of soft pastel grassy hills

Beautiful Landscape Of Soft Pastel Grassy Hills

pause and relax with this tea set

Pause And Relax With This Tea Set

hard crafted goodness diagonal on marble

Hard Crafted Goodness Diagonal On Marble

scattered yellow and purple petals

Scattered Yellow And Purple Petals

small bird sits on a bare tree branch

Small Bird Sits On A Bare Tree Branch

abandoned train car with lone chair

Abandoned Train Car With Lone Chair

black and white modern architecture

Black And white Modern Architecture

tight cluster of small green plants

Tight Cluster Of Small Green Plants

bike in alley

Bike In Alley

aged wood close up

Aged Wood Close Up

boxed macarons in a line

Boxed Macarons In A Line

repeat pattern of a toy turtle on a blue background

Repeat Pattern Of A Toy Turtle On A Blue Background

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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.