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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handcrafted goodness on stone background

Handcrafted Goodness On Stone Background


wavy water creating pattern in swimming pool

Wavy Water Creating Pattern In Swimming Pool


rad and white lighthouse on blue sky

Rad And White Lighthouse On Blue Sky


blank wood frame chalkboard hangs on a blue wall

Blank Wood Frame Chalkboard Hangs On A Blue Wall


woman holding her face in both her hands

Woman Holding Her Face In Both Her Hands


cut logs piled

Cut Logs Piled


orange sunlight reflecting on water

Orange Sunlight Reflecting On Water


wheatsheaf against a blue sky

Wheatsheaf Against A Blue Sky


vivid floral arrangement on dark teal

Vivid Floral Arrangement On Dark Teal


snow covered trail below the mountains

Snow Covered Trail Below The Mountains


close up of a worn barn exterior

Close Up Of A Worn Barn Exterior


a big fluffy dog with a necktie

A Big Fluffy Dog With A Necktie


green leaves on a red brick wall

Green Leaves On A Red Brick Wall


vertical pumpkin pile

Vertical Pumpkin Pile


dark image of a plants leaves with yellow spots

Dark Image Of A Plants Leaves With Yellow Spots


grey cloudy & sky over field

Grey Cloudy & Sky Over Field


a green teapot and teabags leaning on it

A Green Teapot And Teabags Leaning On It


stark bare trees in winter forest

Stark Bare Trees In Winter Forest


rushing waterfall between trees

Rushing Waterfall Between Trees


repeat pattern of a toy turtle on a blue background

Repeat Pattern Of A Toy Turtle On A Blue Background


straw hut roof

Straw Hut Roof


green hills near glaciers

Green Hills Near Glaciers


cold winter ice

Cold Winter Ice


bright orange pumpkin pile

Bright Orange Pumpkin Pile


crooked tree in desert

Crooked Tree In Desert


train tracks from overhead

Train Tracks From Overhead


fifty yard line field paint

Fifty Yard Line Field Paint


city of vancouver

City Of Vancouver


the top corner of a pineapple against pink

The Top Corner Of A Pineapple Against Pink


a bunch of succulents in a garden

A Bunch Of Succulents In A Garden


rolling hills lead to a road lined with trees

Rolling Hills Lead To A Road Lined With Trees


racing track lane lines

Racing Track Lane Lines


hands cup wooden blocks spelling the words mental health

Hands Cup Wooden Blocks Spelling The Words Mental Health


rust colored track curved and reflects in window

Rust Colored Track Curved And Reflects In Window


icy winter tree

Icy Winter Tree


black and white photo of hands laying on top of eachother

Black And White Photo Of Hands Laying On Top Of Eachother


pizza sign with reflection

Pizza Sign With Reflection


soft pink and black geometric abstract shapes

Soft Pink And Black Geometric Abstract Shapes


deep green leaves under shadows

Deep Green Leaves Under Shadows


wooden walkway over water into rocky mountain pathway

Wooden Walkway Over Water Into Rocky Mountain Pathway


autumn harvest pile

Autumn Harvest Pile


greenhouse top and cornfield

Greenhouse Top And Cornfield


dramatic clouds roll over green mountain

Dramatic Clouds Roll Over Green Mountain


close up of small colorful parrot

Close Up Of Small Colorful Parrot


circular metal structure against a blue sky

Circular Metal Structure Against A Blue Sky


layered mountain side

Layered Mountain Side


fresh garlic bulbs in braids at farmers market

Fresh Garlic Bulbs In Braids At Farmers Market


sunset over cliffside and rocky edge

Sunset Over Cliffside And Rocky Edge


sporadic flower petals on white

Sporadic Flower Petals On White


triangle of round circles create a tree light shape

Triangle Of Round Circles Create A Tree Light Shape


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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.