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


bridge over water oregon

Bridge Over Water Oregon


blue terry cloth towel

Blue Terry Cloth Towel


handcrafted goodness sign on stone

Handcrafted Goodness Sign On Stone


sun bleached wooden walkway through tall grass

Sun Bleached Wooden Walkway Through Tall Grass


red vintage car parked by brick wall

Red Vintage Car Parked By Brick Wall


shards of broken ice on a lake

Shards Of Broken Ice On A Lake


small rural building with windmill

Small Rural Building With Windmill


abstract yellow light through wet glass

Abstract Yellow Light Through Wet Glass


round temple with detailed decor

Round Temple With Detailed Decor


close up of candles and petals

Close Up Of Candles And Petals


railway painted on red barnboard

Railway Painted On Red Barnboard


white horses in a lush forest

White Horses In A Lush Forest


snowy mountain view

Snowy Mountain View


soccer field with hillside landscape

Soccer Field With Hillside Landscape


line of perfectly made macarons

Line Of Perfectly Made Macarons


wheatsheaf against a blue sky

Wheatsheaf Against A Blue Sky


red and white flower with green stem

Red And White Flower With Green Stem


black shoes on contrete with scattered leaves

Black Shoes On Contrete With Scattered Leaves


person sits and takes in the rocky mountain view

Person Sits And Takes In The Rocky Mountain View


lines of trees in snow

Lines Of Trees In Snow


led lights glow on ferris wheel

LED Lights Glow On Ferris Wheel


wooden walkway over water into rocky mountain pathway

Wooden Walkway Over Water Into Rocky Mountain Pathway


rooftops as seen through a window

Rooftops As Seen Through A Window


cone of leaves

Cone Of Leaves


a green teapot and teabags leaning on it

A Green Teapot And Teabags Leaning On It


silhouettes of wind turbines

Silhouettes Of Wind Turbines


sunrise creates light rays through a forest

Sunrise Creates Light Rays Through A Forest


deep blue and white ocean waves

Deep Blue And White Ocean Waves


man sits within ornate blue hallway

Man Sits Within Ornate Blue Hallway


helicopter flying over portland

Helicopter Flying Over Portland


blue skies over rocky hill silhouette

Blue Skies Over Rocky Hill Silhouette


a view from shiroyama park

A View From Shiroyama Park


two people sit high up to take in the evening sunset

Two People Sit High Up To Take In The Evening Sunset


two juicy orange slices against red background

Two Juicy Orange Slices Against Red Background


waves come in after low tide

Waves Come In After Low Tide


lighthouse surrounded by daisies

Lighthouse Surrounded By Daisies


an island filled with palm trees

An Island Filled With Palm Trees


sunset creates colorful sky over trees

Sunset Creates Colorful Sky Over Trees


single rock in shallow sea

Single Rock In Shallow Sea


cascade of hydrangea blossoms

Cascade Of Hydrangea Blossoms


outdoor swimming pool with tall trees behind it

Outdoor Swimming Pool With Tall Trees Behind It


dried up flower in the wild

Dried Up Flower In The Wild


golden spoon and metallic liquid

Golden Spoon And Metallic Liquid


a tangled movie reel catching sunlight

A Tangled Movie Reel Catching Sunlight


tourist views seaside

Tourist Views Seaside


camera floating on grey background

Camera Floating On Grey Background


protected by rocks under deep blue sky

Protected By Rocks Under Deep Blue SKy


landscape scattered yellow and purple petals

Landscape Scattered Yellow And Purple Petals


close up of fern fronds

Close Up Of Fern Fronds


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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.