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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pine cones and acorns lined up on paper

Pine Cones And Acorns Lined Up On Paper

row of yellow trees by field and hills

Row Of Yellow Trees By Field And Hills

overcast 59th street bridge

Overcast 59th Street Bridge

two piers on frozen sea

Two Piers On Frozen Sea

cloudy day beach camp out

Cloudy Day Beach Camp Out

mountain lake scene

Mountain Lake Scene

sun cracked cliffs overlook bathers on a sandy beach

Sun Cracked Cliffs Overlook Bathers On A Sandy Beach

single orange maple leaf in hand

Single Orange Maple Leaf In Hand

wild grass going to seed

Wild Grass Going To Seed

white crane in water side profile

White Crane In Water Side Profile

brick building with blue detail

Brick Building With Blue Detail

hanging dead sunflower

Hanging Dead Sunflower

off center portrait of a vivid floral bouquet

Off Center Portrait Of A Vivid Floral Bouquet

snow covered trail below the mountains

Snow Covered Trail Below The Mountains

icy layers of winter shoreline

Icy Layers Of Winter Shoreline

snow dusted rocky path in winter

Snow Dusted Rocky Path In Winter

oregon haystack rock

Oregon Haystack Rock

railway painted on red barnboard

Railway Painted On Red Barnboard

cobble stone street shrowded in foliage

Cobble Stone Street Shrowded In Foliage

waves come in after low tide

Waves Come In After Low Tide

new york skyline from the water

New York Skyline From The Water

sporadically placed flowers on white

Sporadically Placed Flowers On White

rocky lakeshore clouded sky

Rocky Lakeshore Clouded Sky

open plan mid century modern apartment

Open Plan Mid Century Modern Apartment

light ripples on water

Light Ripples On Water

symmetrical building in monochrome

Symmetrical Building In Monochrome

shop now sign on dark wood

Shop Now Sign On Dark Wood

pause and relax with this tea set

Pause And Relax With This Tea Set

hand holding up red paint brush

Hand Holding Up Red Paint Brush

dried up flower in the wild

Dried Up Flower In The Wild

cascading ripples in the water

Cascading Ripples In The Water

close up of tree bark

Close Up Of Tree Bark

orange sunset over coastline

Orange Sunset Over Coastline

snowy mountain view

Snowy Mountain View

mountain by glassy lake with reflection

Mountain By Glassy Lake With Reflection

rich sunset reflected on waters

Rich Sunset Reflected On Waters

small mirrorless camera on grey background

Small Mirrorless Camera On Grey Background

rapids rush downhill past rocks

Rapids Rush Downhill Past Rocks

person dances in door way with a view of the taj mahal

Person Dances In Door Way With A View Of The Taj Mahal

luscious landscape

Luscious Landscape

cornet instrument in dark room

Cornet Instrument In Dark Room

golden spoon and metallic liquid

Golden Spoon And Metallic Liquid

sunset gradient overlooking ocean

Sunset Gradient Overlooking Ocean

hand holds up black mobile phone on red background

Hand Holds Up Black Mobile Phone On Red Background

hot air balloon rising into the atmosphere

Hot Air Balloon Rising Into The Atmosphere

led lights glow on ferris wheel

LED Lights Glow On Ferris Wheel

mount hood with calm lake reflection

Mount Hood With Calm Lake Reflection

stream nestled between fall trees

Stream Nestled Between Fall Trees

fanned out rupees currency

Fanned Out Rupees Currency

three rocks and a road

Three Rocks And A Road

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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.