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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modern condo building under bright blue sky

Modern Condo Building Under Bright Blue Sky

waterfall over rocky cliff

Waterfall Over Rocky Cliff

single orange maple leaf in hand

Single Orange Maple Leaf In Hand

village in china below hillside

Village In China Below Hillside

concrete platform in the ocean

Concrete Platform In the Ocean

rocky lakeshore clouded sky

Rocky Lakeshore Clouded Sky

football field turf paint

Football Field Turf Paint

silver cornet musical instrument

Silver Cornet Musical Instrument

purple hydrangea close up

Purple Hydrangea Close Up

moody pine tree branches

Moody Pine Tree Branches

mount hood with calm lake reflection

Mount Hood With Calm Lake Reflection

platform 10 sign on brick wall at station

Platform 10 Sign On Brick Wall At Station

leaf balances on rock by waterfall

Leaf Balances On Rock By Waterfall

toronto city summer skyline

Toronto City Summer Skyline

photo of black and pink shapes

Photo Of Black And Pink Shapes

hand holding pear still on the branch

Hand Holding Pear Still On The Branch

shop now sign on dark wood

Shop Now Sign On Dark Wood

get started today on marble background

Get Started Today On Marble Background

bright blue bird houses

Bright Blue Bird Houses

close up of aged wood

Close Up Of Aged Wood

cornet instrument in dark room

Cornet Instrument In Dark Room

oregon haystack rock

Oregon Haystack Rock

abstract yellow light through wet glass

Abstract Yellow Light Through Wet Glass

boat making waves on lake

Boat Making Waves On Lake

trees in shenzhen

Trees In Shenzhen

silver and holiday horn

Silver And Holiday Horn

icy layers of winter shoreline

Icy Layers Of Winter Shoreline

two juicy orange slices against red background

Two Juicy Orange Slices Against Red Background

cloudy day beach camp out

Cloudy Day Beach Camp Out

frosty winter ice

Frosty Winter Ice

snow dusted rocky path in winter

Snow Dusted Rocky Path In Winter

sunflower looks up towards the sun

Sunflower Looks Up Towards The Sun

red vintage car parked by brick wall

Red Vintage Car Parked By Brick Wall

blue and orange tide rolls into shore

Blue And Orange Tide Rolls Into Shore

handcrafted goodness sign on stone

Handcrafted Goodness Sign On Stone

branches in bog

Branches In Bog

sun bleached wooden walkway through tall grass

Sun Bleached Wooden Walkway Through Tall Grass

hand holds up black mobile phone on red background

Hand Holds Up Black Mobile Phone On Red Background

autumn landscape from hilltops

Autumn Landscape From Hilltops

soft light over mountain peaks

Soft Light Over Mountain Peaks

dry tips on long slim leaves

Dry Tips On Long Slim Leaves

hanging dead sunflower

Hanging Dead Sunflower

white crane in water side profile

White Crane In Water Side Profile

twin condo towers

Twin Condo Towers

close up of tree bark

Close Up Of Tree Bark

two piers on frozen sea

Two Piers On Frozen Sea

close up of candles and petals

Close Up Of Candles And Petals

ocean shore city at dusk

Ocean Shore City At Dusk

white horses in a lush forest

White Horses In A Lush Forest

mountain lake scene

Mountain Lake Scene

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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.