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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black and white modern architecture

Black And white Modern Architecture

cement architecture corner under sky

Cement Architecture Corner Under Sky

white horses in a lush forest

White Horses In A Lush Forest

wet dew on green leaf texture

Wet Dew On Green Leaf Texture

hot air balloon rising into the atmosphere

Hot Air Balloon Rising Into The Atmosphere

slices of homemade pizza with olives on a green plate

Slices Of Homemade Pizza With Olives On A Green Plate

sumac tree against a clear blue sky

Sumac Tree Against A Clear Blue Sky

scattered yellow and purple petals

Scattered Yellow And Purple Petals

modern condo architecture cubist

Modern Condo Architecture Cubist

blurry abstract photo of glass bottles

Blurry Abstract Photo Of Glass Bottles

aged wood with blue tones

Aged Wood With Blue Tones

wintery sunny beach

Wintery Sunny Beach

city at sunset with clouded sky

City At Sunset With Clouded Sky

high end country home on hillside

High End Country Home On Hillside

calm garden path

Calm Garden Path

purple and red marbling abstract view

Purple And Red Marbling Abstract View

urban skate park half pipe

Urban Skate Park Half Pipe

close up of blue pansy flower

Close Up Of Blue Pansy Flower

gummy sweets on white fabric

Gummy Sweets On White Fabric

texture of brown hay and other grasses

Texture Of Brown Hay And Other Grasses

maple leaves texture moody

Maple Leaves Texture Moody

small bird sits on a bare tree branch

Small Bird Sits On A Bare Tree Branch

ninja cat

Ninja Cat

weathered wall with grass growing on cracks

Weathered Wall With Grass Growing On Cracks

cursive handwriting with 'rise and shine'

Cursive Handwriting With 'Rise And Shine'

tall yellow sunflower below clear sky

Tall Yellow Sunflower Below Clear Sky

mountains as far as the eye can see

Mountains As Far As The Eye Can See

sunflower looks up towards the sun

Sunflower Looks Up Towards The Sun

metallic liquid in action

Metallic Liquid In Action

fall leaves changing color

Fall Leaves Changing Color

a beach after a storm

A Beach After A Storm

cobble stone street shrowded in foliage

Cobble Stone Street Shrowded In Foliage

rocky hills

Rocky Hills

long winter shadows aerial of skating pond

Long Winter Shadows Aerial Of Skating Pond

oregon forest trees

Oregon Forest Trees

drone photography of lakeside highway

Drone Photography Of Lakeside highway

lined cell phones floating above orange rocks

Lined Cell Phones Floating Above Orange Rocks

the mehrangarh fort and museum

The Mehrangarh Fort and Museum

water creates glass texture on city street

Water Creates Glass Texture On City Street

red mushroom toadstool

Red Mushroom Toadstool

beach with city in the background

Beach With City In The Background

man in black on the beach

Man In Black On The Beach

photo of black and pink shapes

Photo Of Black And Pink Shapes

beautiful landscape of soft pastel grassy hills

Beautiful Landscape Of Soft Pastel Grassy Hills

colored aged wood

Colored Aged Wood

rocky escarpment by clear freshwater

Rocky Escarpment By Clear Freshwater

national parks oregon mountian

National Parks Oregon Mountian

blank wood frame chalkboard hangs on a blue wall

Blank Wood Frame Chalkboard Hangs On A Blue Wall

hand holding black pencil on blue background

Hand Holding Black Pencil On Blue Background

deep blue and white ocean waves

Deep Blue And White Ocean Waves

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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.