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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mount hood peaks through forest

Mount Hood Peaks Through Forest


pink blossoms over crumbling walls

Pink Blossoms Over Crumbling Walls


two people sit high up to take in the evening sunset

Two People Sit High Up To Take In The Evening Sunset


silhouettes of wind turbines

Silhouettes Of Wind Turbines


dark green leaf showing the details

Dark Green Leaf Showing The Details


people walk through cobbled street in summer

People Walk Through Cobbled Street In Summer


blanket of leaves

Blanket Of Leaves


mound of leaves against black

Mound Of Leaves Against Black


dry queen annes lace stem

Dry Queen Annes Lace Stem


a view from shiroyama park

A View From Shiroyama Park


race track lane lines

Race Track Lane Lines


orange colors of cascading ripples in water

Orange Colors Of Cascading Ripples In Water


macintosh apple trees in orchard

Macintosh Apple Trees In Orchard


white flower blooming below a warm sunset

White Flower Blooming Below A Warm Sunset


rustic water tower

Rustic Water Tower


line of perfectly made macarons

Line Of Perfectly Made Macarons


aged sports field risers

Aged Sports Field Risers


sunrise creates light rays through a forest

Sunrise Creates Light Rays Through A Forest


queen anns lace texture

Queen Anns Lace Texture


flatlay of colorful candy easter eggs

Flatlay Of Colorful Candy Easter Eggs


distant hikers on mountaineous landscape

Distant Hikers On Mountaineous Landscape


window cleaners portrait

Window Cleaners Portrait


pistachio nuts macro

Pistachio Nuts Macro


broken stem in dry field

Broken Stem In Dry Field


sun bleached wooden walkway through tall grass

Sun Bleached Wooden Walkway Through Tall Grass


rooftops as seen through a window

Rooftops As Seen Through A Window


fall forest opens out to blue lake

Fall Forest Opens Out To Blue Lake


woman photographs beautiful architecture

Woman Photographs Beautiful Architecture


coffee beans laid on a pink background

Coffee Beans Laid On A Pink Background


protected by rocks under deep blue sky

Protected By Rocks Under Deep Blue SKy


get started today sign on marble

Get Started Today Sign On Marble


wheatsheaf against a blue sky

Wheatsheaf Against A Blue Sky


quiet lake and hills

Quiet Lake And Hills


muddy trail beneath the trees

Muddy Trail Beneath The Trees


man sits within ornate blue hallway

Man Sits Within Ornate Blue Hallway


deep blue and white ocean waves

Deep Blue And White Ocean Waves


leaf floating in rocky stream

Leaf Floating In Rocky Stream


sunset splashing over rocks

Sunset Splashing Over Rocks


purple and green leaves against black

Purple And Green Leaves Against Black


a trio of green candles

A Trio Of Green Candles


steaming winter water under train bridge

Steaming Winter Water Under Train Bridge


tiny pumpkins big orange image

Tiny Pumpkins Big Orange Image


sunset creates colorful sky over trees

Sunset Creates Colorful Sky Over Trees


campervan under morning sunrise

Campervan Under Morning Sunrise


mount hood oregon at dusk

Mount Hood Oregon At Dusk


dirt road runds through green trees drone

Dirt Road Runds Through Green Trees Drone


landscape scattered yellow and purple petals

Landscape Scattered Yellow And Purple Petals


lighthouse surrounded by daisies

Lighthouse Surrounded By Daisies


church tower in china

Church Tower In China


get started today sign on dark wood

Get Started Today Sign On Dark Wood


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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.