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.

tall yellow sunflower below clear sky

Tall Yellow Sunflower Below Clear Sky

sunrise creates light rays through a forest

Sunrise Creates Light Rays Through A Forest

dark green leaf showing the details

Dark Green Leaf Showing The Details

ominous building seen from below

Ominous Building Seen From Below

picturesque tide rolling below a sunset

Picturesque Tide Rolling Below A Sunset

dried sunflower field

Dried Sunflower Field

european robin on a branch

European Robin On A Branch

close up of variegated leaves

Close Up Of Variegated Leaves

cedar and pinecones background

Cedar And Pinecones Background

sun bleached wooden walkway through tall grass

Sun Bleached Wooden Walkway Through Tall Grass

deep blue and white ocean waves

Deep Blue And White Ocean Waves

rooftops as seen through a window

Rooftops As Seen Through A Window

picture perfect trees

Picture Perfect Trees

sunset by rural roads

Sunset By Rural Roads

flatlay of colorful candy easter eggs

Flatlay Of Colorful Candy Easter Eggs

maple branch & buds

Maple Branch & Buds

elaborate building interior with light teal walls

Elaborate Building Interior With Light Teal Walls

rocky shore and low clouds

Rocky Shore And Low Clouds

landscape scattered yellow and purple petals

Landscape Scattered Yellow And Purple Petals

end of a rivers journey

End Of A Rivers Journey

purple and white orchid close up

Purple And White Orchid Close Up

large ornate church doorway and pillars

Large Ornate Church Doorway And Pillars

deep blue sky over lighthouse

Deep Blue Sky Over Lighthouse

small red lighthouse in the rocks

Small Red Lighthouse In The Rocks

rain drops on a bright window

Rain Drops On A Bright Window

sandy seaweed

Sandy Seaweed

sunset creates colorful sky over trees

Sunset Creates Colorful Sky Over Trees

gold coins weaved onto red rope

Gold Coins Weaved Onto Red Rope

get started today sign on stone

Get Started Today Sign On Stone

lighthouse surrounded by daisies

Lighthouse Surrounded By Daisies

waves crash on side of seastack

Waves Crash On Side Of Seastack

sporadic flower petals on white

Sporadic Flower Petals On White

cat walking through ornate archway

Cat Walking Through Ornate Archway

person dances in door way with a view of the taj mahal

Person Dances In Door Way With A View Of The Taj Mahal

buildings of all colors overlooking river

Buildings Of All Colors Overlooking River

waterfall from rock formations over grass

Waterfall From Rock Formations Over Grass

black cat sits by the rocks

Black Cat Sits By The Rocks

american mountain skyline

American Mountain Skyline

wheatsheaf against a blue sky

Wheatsheaf Against A Blue Sky

low tide seaside rocks

Low Tide Seaside Rocks

campervan under morning sunrise

Campervan Under Morning Sunrise

roasted coffee beans on white fabric

Roasted Coffee Beans On White Fabric

aerial view of water treatment plant

Aerial View Of Water Treatment Plant

red paint brush on textured background

Red Paint Brush On Textured Background

green fern leaves fill frame

Green Fern Leaves Fill Frame

camera floating on grey background

Camera Floating On Grey Background

hidden mountain paradise

Hidden Mountain Paradise

top down view of vivid floral arrangement

Top Down View Of Vivid Floral Arrangement

water treatment plant from above

Water Treatment Plant From Above

small rural building with windmill

Small Rural Building With Windmill

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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.