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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flatlay of a valentines day card with foil chocolate hearts

Flatlay Of A Valentines Day Card With Foil Chocolate Hearts

blue sky and small lush island

Blue Sky And Small Lush Island

novel lays open on dark blue linen fabric

Novel Lays Open On Dark Blue Linen Fabric

sunset on farmland

Sunset On Farmland

train on tracks through mountains

Train On Tracks Through Mountains

line of perfectly made macarons

Line Of Perfectly Made Macarons

swamp and marshlands under bright sky surrounded by trees

Swamp And Marshlands Under Bright Sky Surrounded By Trees

calm garden walking bridge

Calm Garden Walking Bridge

lakes and hills under clouded fall sky

Lakes And Hills Under Clouded Fall Sky

two piers on frozen sea

Two Piers On Frozen Sea

single orange maple leaf in hand

Single Orange Maple Leaf In Hand

hikers on green hike

Hikers On Green Hike

a view from shiroyama park

A View From Shiroyama Park

toronto city cn tower

Toronto City CN Tower

an open courtyard with red lanterns at each doorway

An Open Courtyard With Red Lanterns At Each Doorway

basilica rooftop walk

Basilica Rooftop Walk

vibrant aqua blue water below cliff edge

Vibrant Aqua Blue Water Below Cliff Edge

hand reaches for a book next to sunglasses and a bag

Hand Reaches For A Book Next To Sunglasses And A Bag

white blocks laying in colorful dots spells out smile

White Blocks Laying In Colorful Dots Spells Out Smile

view from rooftop

View From Rooftop

grey worn wood bends separating in the middle

Grey Worn Wood Bends Separating In The Middle

lighthouse surrounded by daisies

Lighthouse Surrounded By Daisies

symmetrical building in monochrome

Symmetrical Building In Monochrome

dusky desert

Dusky Desert

rain drops illuminated on window

Rain Drops Illuminated On Window

soft light over mountain peaks

Soft Light Over Mountain Peaks

wooden block spell out smile laying on colorful dots

Wooden Block Spell Out Smile Laying On Colorful Dots

close up of candles and petals

Close Up Of Candles And Petals

sandy feet, sandy beach

Sandy Feet, Sandy Beach

temple by chinese hillside

Temple By Chinese Hillside

red green and white lines of a track

Red Green And White Lines Of A Track

winged insect sits on a brown stick in a open field

Winged Insect Sits On A Brown Stick In A Open Field

apartment building wondows

Apartment Building Wondows

hand holds up black mobile phone on red background

Hand Holds Up Black Mobile Phone On Red Background

glassy lake reflects mount hood oregon

Glassy Lake Reflects Mount Hood Oregon

hiker stops near edge

Hiker Stops Near Edge

sunset tide spilling onto rocky beach

Sunset Tide Spilling Onto Rocky Beach

gourds and pumpkins texture

Gourds And Pumpkins Texture

rooftops as seen through a window

Rooftops As Seen Through A Window

sunrise creates light rays through a forest

Sunrise Creates Light Rays Through A Forest

two people sit high up to take in the evening sunset

Two People Sit High Up To Take In The Evening Sunset

landscape scattered yellow and purple petals

Landscape Scattered Yellow And Purple Petals

a trio of green candles

A Trio Of Green Candles

top down view of vivid floral arrangement

Top Down View Of Vivid Floral Arrangement

ripples in monochrome water scene

Ripples In Monochrome Water Scene

close up on delicate orchid

Close Up On Delicate Orchid

holiday candlesticks blown out

Holiday Candlesticks Blown Out

two small wooden chair with striped fabric

Two Small Wooden Chair With Striped Fabric

side of a building with remains of an old poster

Side Of A Building With Remains Of An Old Poster

cluster of dried hydrangeas

Cluster Of Dried Hydrangeas

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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.