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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sea stack by ocean at low tide

Sea Stack By Ocean At Low Tide

round temple with detailed decor

Round Temple With Detailed Decor

autumn landscape from hilltops

Autumn Landscape From Hilltops

cascade of hydrangea blossoms

Cascade Of Hydrangea Blossoms

lines of trees in snow

Lines Of Trees In Snow

ahand holding a cigarette on blue background

AHand Holding A Cigarette On Blue Background

close up of blue pansy flower

Close Up Of Blue Pansy Flower

rain drops illuminated on window

Rain Drops Illuminated On Window

sunset tide spilling onto rocky beach

Sunset Tide Spilling Onto Rocky Beach

rock formations on oregon coast

Rock Formations On Oregon Coast

soccer field with hillside landscape

Soccer Field With Hillside Landscape

tourist views seaside

Tourist Views Seaside

frost coated nature

Frost Coated Nature

dock out into water

Dock Out Into Water

hand holding black pencil on blue background

Hand Holding Black Pencil On Blue Background

autumn harvest pumpkins and gourds

Autumn Harvest Pumpkins And Gourds

wild hare found in a field

WIld Hare Found In A Field

dry tips on long slim leaves

Dry Tips On Long Slim Leaves

bright blue bird houses

Bright Blue Bird Houses

vivid floral arrangement on dark teal

Vivid Floral Arrangement On Dark Teal

european robin on a branch

European Robin On A Branch

boxed macarons in a line

Boxed Macarons In A Line

scattered yellow and purple petals

Scattered Yellow And Purple Petals

close up of fern fronds

Close Up Of Fern Fronds

concrete platform in the ocean

Concrete Platform In the Ocean

hand holding pear still on the branch

Hand Holding Pear Still On The Branch

green moss close up

Green Moss Close Up

soft light over mountain peaks

Soft Light Over Mountain Peaks

leafy hedge spanning length of wall

Leafy Hedge Spanning Length Of Wall

blue and orange tide rolls into shore

Blue And Orange Tide Rolls Into Shore

rushing waterfall between trees

Rushing Waterfall Between Trees

gold coins weaved onto red rope

Gold Coins Weaved Onto Red Rope

aerial view of frozen pier

Aerial View Of Frozen Pier

helicopter flying over portland

Helicopter Flying Over Portland

red and white flower with green stem

Red And White Flower With Green Stem

cone of leaves

Cone Of Leaves

get started today on dark wood background

Get Started Today On Dark Wood Background

bridge over water oregon

Bridge Over Water Oregon

lush green artificial plant in pot

Lush Green Artificial Plant In Pot

black shoes on contrete with scattered leaves

Black Shoes On Contrete With Scattered Leaves

close up of candles and petals

Close Up Of Candles And Petals

handcrafted goodness sign on stone

Handcrafted Goodness Sign On Stone

tall yellow sunflower below clear sky

Tall Yellow Sunflower Below Clear Sky

an island filled with palm trees

An Island Filled With Palm Trees

shards of broken ice on a lake

Shards Of Broken Ice On A Lake

american mount hood

American Mount Hood

blue skies over rocky hill silhouette

Blue Skies Over Rocky Hill Silhouette

silhouettes of people at the top of a sand dune

Silhouettes Of People At The Top Of A Sand Dune

wintery sunny beach

Wintery Sunny Beach

mount hood peaks through forest

Mount Hood Peaks 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.