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.