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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cobble stone street shrowded in foliage

Cobble Stone Street Shrowded In Foliage

sporadically placed flowers on white

Sporadically Placed Flowers On White

sunset over city rail yard

Sunset Over City Rail Yard

sunset gradient overlooking ocean

Sunset Gradient Overlooking Ocean

blue sky behind basketball net

Blue Sky Behind Basketball Net

wooden hiking path

Wooden Hiking Path

marina by hills

Marina By Hills

ahand holding a cigarette on blue background

AHand Holding A Cigarette On Blue Background

ripples in monochrome water scene

Ripples In Monochrome Water Scene

orange sunlight reflecting on water

Orange Sunlight Reflecting On Water

wooden calendar sits on a white background

Wooden Calendar Sits On A White Background

colored pencils piled up on a black background

Colored Pencils Piled Up On A Black Background

chinese flag on temple rooftop

Chinese Flag On Temple Rooftop

aged france flag by water

Aged France Flag By Water

blue natural landscape

Blue Natural Landscape

close up of blue pansy flower

Close Up Of Blue Pansy Flower

wide angle chinese temple

Wide Angle Chinese Temple

aerial shot of person atop parking lot

Aerial Shot Of Person Atop Parking Lot

flatlay of colorful candy easter eggs

Flatlay Of Colorful Candy Easter Eggs

a close up of the bark on an old tree

A Close Up Of The Bark On An Old Tree

snowy mountains over grassy hills

Snowy Mountains Over Grassy Hills

symmetrical building in monochrome

Symmetrical Building In Monochrome

apartment view shanghai

Apartment View Shanghai

a tangled movie reel catching sunlight

A Tangled Movie Reel Catching Sunlight

race track texture

Race Track Texture

scattered yellow and purple petals

Scattered Yellow And Purple Petals

row of yellow trees by field and hills

Row Of Yellow Trees By Field And Hills

wild grass going to seed

Wild Grass Going To Seed

rushing waterfall between trees

Rushing Waterfall Between Trees

hand holding black pencil on blue background

Hand Holding Black Pencil On Blue Background

cascading ripples in the water

Cascading Ripples In The Water

rusting no smoking sign on brick wall

Rusting No Smoking Sign On Brick Wall

dock on choppy cottage country lake

Dock On Choppy Cottage Country Lake

white moon on crisp blue daytime sky lined by rocky cliffs

White Moon On Crisp Blue Daytime Sky Lined By Rocky Cliffs

pine cones and acorns lined up on paper

Pine Cones And Acorns Lined Up On Paper

curved city street

Curved City Street

rocky reflection by mountain

Rocky Reflection By Mountain

campervan under morning sunrise

Campervan Under Morning Sunrise

sunset tide spilling onto rocky beach

Sunset Tide Spilling Onto Rocky Beach

stem of queen annes lace

Stem Of Queen Annes Lace

mountain by glassy lake with reflection

Mountain By Glassy Lake With Reflection

vivid floral arrangement on dark teal

Vivid Floral Arrangement On Dark Teal

blue terry cloth towel

Blue Terry Cloth Towel

rain drops illuminated on window

Rain Drops Illuminated On Window

brick building with blue detail

Brick Building With Blue Detail

bright sun above tall forest

Bright Sun Above Tall Forest

tall yellow sunflower below clear sky

Tall Yellow Sunflower Below Clear Sky

bamboo stand with carving and color variations

Bamboo Stand With Carving And Color Variations

sun cracked cliffs overlook bathers on a sandy beach

Sun Cracked Cliffs Overlook Bathers On A Sandy Beach

red rock cave

Red Rock Cave

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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.