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.