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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sun cracked cliffs overlook bathers on a sandy beach

Sun Cracked Cliffs Overlook Bathers On A Sandy Beach


boat making waves on lake

Boat Making Waves On Lake


sunset tide spilling onto rocky beach

Sunset Tide Spilling Onto Rocky Beach


branches in bog

Branches In Bog


trees in shenzhen

Trees In Shenzhen


brick building with blue detail

Brick Building With Blue Detail


cloudy day beach camp out

Cloudy Day Beach Camp Out


oregon haystack rock

Oregon Haystack Rock


vivid floral arrangement on dark teal

Vivid Floral Arrangement On Dark Teal


rain drops illuminated on window

Rain Drops Illuminated On Window


icy layers of winter shoreline

Icy Layers Of Winter Shoreline


mount hood with calm lake reflection

Mount Hood With Calm Lake Reflection


shop now sign on dark wood

Shop Now Sign On Dark Wood


single orange maple leaf in hand

Single Orange Maple Leaf In Hand


bright blue bird houses

Bright Blue Bird Houses


rocky lakeshore clouded sky

Rocky Lakeshore Clouded Sky


cornet instrument in dark room

Cornet Instrument In Dark Room


frosty winter ice

Frosty Winter Ice


tall yellow sunflower below clear sky

Tall Yellow Sunflower Below Clear Sky


snow dusted rocky path in winter

Snow Dusted Rocky Path In Winter


campervan under morning sunrise

Campervan Under Morning Sunrise


white crane in water side profile

White Crane In Water Side Profile


concrete platform in the ocean

Concrete Platform In the Ocean


ocean shore city at dusk

Ocean Shore City At Dusk


silver and holiday horn

Silver And Holiday Horn


flatlay of colorful candy easter eggs

Flatlay Of Colorful Candy Easter Eggs


hanging dead sunflower

Hanging Dead Sunflower


autumn landscape from hilltops

Autumn Landscape From Hilltops


colored pencils piled up on a black background

Colored Pencils Piled Up On A Black Background


twin condo towers

Twin Condo Towers


two piers on frozen sea

Two Piers On Frozen Sea


close up of tree bark

Close Up Of Tree Bark


mountain lake scene

Mountain Lake Scene


black cellphone floats above pink background

Black Cellphone Floats Above Pink Background


hand holding pear still on the branch

Hand Holding Pear Still On The Branch


rapids rush downhill past rocks

Rapids Rush Downhill Past Rocks


blue and orange tide rolls into shore

Blue And Orange Tide Rolls Into Shore


hand holds up black mobile phone on red background

Hand Holds Up Black Mobile Phone On Red Background


new york skyline from the water

New York Skyline From The Water


autumn harvest pumpkins and gourds

Autumn Harvest Pumpkins And Gourds


sunflower looks up towards the sun

Sunflower Looks Up Towards The Sun


basketball court hoop shadow

Basketball Court Hoop Shadow


light ripples on water

Light Ripples On Water


luscious landscape

Luscious Landscape


rock formations on oregon coast

Rock Formations On Oregon Coast


soft light over mountain peaks

Soft Light Over Mountain Peaks


dry tips on long slim leaves

Dry Tips On Long Slim Leaves


green moss close up

Green Moss Close Up


photo of black and pink shapes

Photo Of Black And Pink Shapes


people walk through cobbled street in summer

People Walk Through Cobbled Street In Summer


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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.