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.

white crane head closeup

White Crane Head Closeup

dry tips on long slim leaves

Dry Tips On Long Slim Leaves

mount hood oregon at dusk

Mount Hood Oregon At Dusk

water tower at camp

Water Tower At Camp

dirt road runds through green trees drone

Dirt Road Runds Through Green Trees Drone

cascading ripples in the water

Cascading Ripples In The Water

get started today sign on marble

Get Started Today Sign On Marble

oceanside town at sunset

Oceanside Town At Sunset

minimalist houseplant on grey background

Minimalist Houseplant On Grey Background

pink blossoms over crumbling walls

Pink Blossoms Over Crumbling Walls

an island filled with palm trees

An Island Filled With Palm Trees

green moss close up

Green Moss Close Up

helicopter flying over portland

Helicopter Flying Over Portland

white crane in water walking forward

White Crane In Water Walking Forward

window cleaners

Window Cleaners

waterside rock with icicles

Waterside Rock With Icicles

close up on evergreen bonzai

Close Up On Evergreen Bonzai

observation deck of cn tower

Observation Deck Of CN Tower

rain drops illuminated on window

Rain Drops Illuminated On Window

fabric and ribbons on white background

Fabric And Ribbons On White Background

wintery sunny beach

Wintery Sunny Beach

blue skies over rocky hill silhouette

Blue Skies Over Rocky Hill Silhouette

symmetrical building in monochrome

Symmetrical Building In Monochrome

clay temple rooftop

Clay Temple Rooftop

rain drops illuminated by colors on window

Rain Drops Illuminated By Colors On Window

minimal flower petals on white

Minimal Flower Petals On White

dried sunflower field

Dried Sunflower Field

handcrafted goodness sign on stone

Handcrafted Goodness Sign On Stone

maple branch & buds

Maple Branch & Buds

large ornate church doorway and pillars

Large Ornate Church Doorway And Pillars

ominous building seen from below

Ominous Building Seen From Below

edison bulbs and blurred lights

Edison Bulbs And Blurred Lights

waves crash on side of seastack

Waves Crash On Side Of Seastack

snow covered trail below the mountains

Snow Covered Trail Below The Mountains

purple and white orchid close up

Purple And White Orchid Close Up

get started today sign on dark wood

Get Started Today Sign On Dark Wood

low tide seaside rocks

Low Tide Seaside Rocks

handcrafted goodness sign on marble

Handcrafted Goodness SIgn On Marble

rich sunset reflected on waters

Rich Sunset Reflected On Waters

waterfall from rock formations over grass

Waterfall From Rock Formations Over Grass

white flower blooming below a warm sunset

White Flower Blooming Below A Warm Sunset

ocean meets rocky peninsula

Ocean Meets Rocky Peninsula

tea is my love language

Tea Is My Love Language

close up of variegated leaves

Close Up Of Variegated Leaves

hand holding black pencil on blue background

Hand Holding Black Pencil On Blue Background

american mountain skyline

American Mountain Skyline

orange colors of cascading ripples in water

Orange Colors Of Cascading Ripples In Water

italian cliffs

Italian Cliffs

brick building with pillars

Brick Building With Pillars

centered car driving through forest

Centered Car Driving Through Forest

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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.