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.