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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football field turf paint

Football Field Turf Paint

green moss close up

Green Moss Close Up

close up of aged wood

Close Up Of Aged Wood

platform 10 sign on brick wall at station

Platform 10 Sign On Brick Wall At Station

abstract image of paper in pink and blue stripes

Abstract Image Of Paper In Pink And Blue Stripes

cloudy day beach camp out

Cloudy Day Beach Camp Out

bridge over water oregon

Bridge Over Water Oregon

icy layers of winter shoreline

Icy Layers Of Winter Shoreline

purple hydrangea close up

Purple Hydrangea Close Up

red rock cave

Red Rock Cave

flatlay of a red envelope with gold and red chocolates

Flatlay Of A Red Envelope With Gold And Red Chocolates

silver cornet musical instrument

Silver Cornet Musical Instrument

yellow platforms and shapes with a white summer sign

Yellow Platforms And Shapes With A White Summer Sign

autumn landscape from hilltops

Autumn Landscape From Hilltops

toronto city summer skyline

Toronto City Summer Skyline

rock formations on oregon coast

Rock Formations On Oregon Coast

red and white flower with green stem

Red And White Flower With Green Stem

frosty winter ice

Frosty Winter Ice

moody pine tree branches

Moody Pine Tree Branches

boat making waves on lake

Boat Making Waves On Lake

black shoes on contrete with scattered leaves

Black Shoes On Contrete With Scattered Leaves

two people sit high up to take in the evening sunset

Two People Sit High Up To Take In The Evening Sunset

trees in shenzhen

Trees In Shenzhen

rooftops as seen through a window

Rooftops As Seen Through A Window

sea stack by ocean at low tide

Sea Stack By Ocean At Low Tide

close up of small colorful parrot

Close Up Of Small Colorful Parrot

lighthouse surrounded by daisies

Lighthouse Surrounded By Daisies

new york skyline from the water

New York Skyline From The Water

soft pink and black geometric abstract shapes

Soft Pink And Black Geometric Abstract Shapes

black and white photo of a tangled movie reel

Black And White Photo Of A Tangled Movie Reel

branches in bog

Branches In Bog

abstract image of lime green and pink marbling

Abstract Image Of Lime Green And Pink Marbling

light ripples on water

Light Ripples On Water

man sits within ornate blue hallway

Man Sits Within Ornate Blue Hallway

sunset creates colorful sky over trees

Sunset Creates Colorful Sky Over Trees

luscious landscape

Luscious Landscape

mountain lake scene

Mountain Lake Scene

white flowing sheet outdoors with a wooden stool in front of it

White Flowing Sheet Outdoors With A Wooden Stool In Front Of It

ocean shore city at dusk

Ocean Shore City At Dusk

colorful chocolate candy easter eggs on white

Colorful Chocolate Candy Easter Eggs On White

a trio of green candles

A Trio Of Green Candles

hanging dead sunflower

Hanging Dead Sunflower

big marble alcove with flowerly inlay

Big Marble Alcove With Flowerly Inlay

distant hikers on mountaineous landscape

Distant Hikers On Mountaineous Landscape

twin condo towers

Twin Condo Towers

sunrise creates light rays through a forest

Sunrise Creates Light Rays Through A Forest

camera floating on grey background

Camera Floating On Grey Background

round temple with detailed decor

Round Temple With Detailed Decor

white crane in water side profile

White Crane In Water Side Profile

cat walking through ornate archway

Cat Walking Through Ornate Archway

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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.