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.

rustic water tower

Rustic Water Tower


purple and green leaves against black

Purple And Green Leaves Against Black


blanket of leaves

Blanket Of Leaves


bridge over water oregon

Bridge Over Water Oregon


helicopter flying over portland

Helicopter Flying Over Portland


chinese flag on temple rooftop

Chinese Flag On Temple Rooftop


haystack rock oregon coast

Haystack Rock Oregon Coast


quiet lake and hills

Quiet Lake And Hills


three pine cones on crinkled paper

Three Pine Cones On Crinkled Paper


white crane in water walking forward

White Crane In Water Walking Forward


church tower in china

Church Tower In China


sea stack by ocean at low tide

Sea Stack By Ocean At Low Tide


man in black on the beach

Man In Black On The Beach


rock formations on oregon coast

Rock Formations On Oregon Coast


sun cracked cliffs overlook bathers on a sandy beach

Sun Cracked Cliffs Overlook Bathers On A Sandy Beach


ominous building seen from below

Ominous Building Seen From Below


mount hood oregon at dusk

Mount Hood Oregon At Dusk


cone of leaves

Cone Of Leaves


dry sunflower field texture

Dry Sunflower Field Texture


waves crash on side of seastack

Waves Crash On Side Of Seastack


waterside rock with icicles

Waterside Rock With Icicles


large ornate church doorway and pillars

Large Ornate Church Doorway And Pillars


green moss close up

Green Moss Close Up


luscious landscape

Luscious Landscape


red tailed hawk bird of prey

Red Tailed Hawk Bird Of Prey


orange pumpkin pile close up

Orange Pumpkin Pile Close Up


blue skies over rocky hill silhouette

Blue Skies Over Rocky Hill Silhouette


get started today sign on marble

Get Started Today Sign On Marble


low tide seaside rocks

Low Tide Seaside Rocks


close up on evergreen bonzai

Close Up On Evergreen Bonzai


clay temple rooftop

Clay Temple Rooftop


long wooden pier on blue ocean

Long Wooden Pier On Blue Ocean


dried sunflower field

Dried Sunflower Field


ocean meets rocky peninsula

Ocean Meets Rocky Peninsula


shop now sign on marble

Shop Now Sign On Marble


get started today on dark wood background

Get Started Today On Dark Wood Background


purple and white orchid close up

Purple And White Orchid Close Up


shop now sign on dark wood

Shop Now Sign On Dark Wood


aerial view of water treatment plant

Aerial View Of Water Treatment Plant


american mountain skyline

American Mountain Skyline


waterfall from rock formations over grass

Waterfall From Rock Formations Over Grass


sheet metal roof in urban china

Sheet Metal Roof In Urban China


light ripples on water

Light Ripples On Water


rocky shores of oregon usa

Rocky Shores Of Oregon Usa


sunset by rural roads

Sunset By Rural Roads


handcrafted goodness sign on stone

Handcrafted Goodness Sign On Stone


pastel moon

Pastel Moon


brick building with pillars

Brick Building With Pillars


low tide rock formations

Low Tide Rock Formations


pink pill pattern on a blue background

Pink Pill Pattern 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.