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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pink blossoms over crumbling walls

Pink Blossoms Over Crumbling Walls

single rock in shallow sea

Single Rock In Shallow Sea

an island filled with palm trees

An Island Filled With Palm Trees

a trio of green candles

A Trio Of Green Candles

close up of fern fronds

Close Up Of Fern Fronds

leafy hedge spanning length of wall

Leafy Hedge Spanning Length Of Wall

flatlay of a red envelope with gold and red chocolates

Flatlay Of A Red Envelope With Gold And Red Chocolates

yellow and blue patterned paper background

Yellow And Blue Patterned Paper Background

muddy trail beneath the trees

Muddy Trail Beneath The Trees

waves come in after low tide

Waves Come In After Low Tide

cat walking through ornate archway

Cat Walking Through Ornate Archway

wintery sunny beach

Wintery Sunny Beach

tourist views seaside

Tourist Views Seaside

dried up flower in the wild

Dried Up Flower In The Wild

mobile gimbal floating on grey background

Mobile Gimbal Floating On Grey Background

golden spoon and metallic liquid

Golden Spoon And Metallic Liquid

soft pink and black geometric abstract shapes

Soft Pink And Black Geometric Abstract Shapes

mount hood peaks through forest

Mount Hood Peaks Through Forest

fall forest opens out to blue lake

Fall Forest Opens Out To Blue Lake

colorful candy eggs against a white background

Colorful Candy Eggs Against A White Background

black and white photo of a tangled movie reel

Black And White Photo Of A Tangled Movie Reel

cascade of hydrangea blossoms

Cascade Of Hydrangea Blossoms

dock out into water

Dock Out Into Water

top down view of vivid floral arrangement

Top Down View Of Vivid Floral Arrangement

close up of bright orange lily

Close Up Of Bright Orange Lily

wavy water creating pattern in swimming pool

Wavy Water Creating Pattern In Swimming Pool

woman photographs beautiful architecture

Woman Photographs Beautiful Architecture

sporadic flower petals on white

Sporadic Flower Petals On White

three rocks and a road

Three Rocks And A Road

clothes pins against a bright blue sky

Clothes Pins Against A Bright Blue Sky

frost coated nature

Frost Coated Nature

small red lighthouse in the rocks

Small Red Lighthouse In The Rocks

sunset splashing over rocks

Sunset Splashing Over Rocks

cedar and pinecones background

Cedar And Pinecones Background

abstract image of lime green and pink marbling

Abstract Image Of Lime Green And Pink Marbling

lush green artificial plant in pot

Lush Green Artificial Plant In Pot

texture of a green leaf very close up

Texture Of A Green Leaf Very Close Up

half blue half green background with earrings and a ring

Half Blue Half Green Background With Earrings And A Ring

black cat sits by the rocks

Black Cat Sits By The Rocks

american mount hood

American Mount Hood

painted lanterns illuminating a room

Painted Lanterns Illuminating A Room

dried sunflower field

Dried Sunflower Field

fanned out rupees currency

Fanned Out Rupees Currency

aerial view of frozen pier

Aerial View Of Frozen Pier

rocky shores of oregon usa

Rocky Shores Of Oregon Usa

edison bulbs illuminating the festival of lights

Edison Bulbs Illuminating The Festival Of LIghts

orange colors of cascading ripples in water

Orange Colors Of Cascading Ripples In Water

tree silhouetted against a white sky

Tree Silhouetted Against A White Sky

field of golden wheat

Field Of Golden Wheat

white flower blooming below a warm sunset

White Flower Blooming Below A Warm Sunset

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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.