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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cool iphone hd background

Cool iPhone HD Background

dog phone background

Dog Phone Background

peeling paint wall texture

Peeling Paint Wall Texture

man in stairwell

Man In Stairwell

down flights of stairs

Down Flights Of Stairs

view of lisbon hillside

View Of Lisbon Hillside

sunset over lisbon portugal

Sunset Over Lisbon Portugal

lisbon portugal at sunset

Lisbon Portugal At Sunset

tropical beach

Tropical Beach

waves crash on rocks and sand

Waves Crash On Rocks And Sand

ocean view in mexico

Ocean View In Mexico

rocky cliff in ocean

Rocky Cliff In Ocean

records texture

Records Texture

buttons top frame

Buttons Top Frame

buttons corner frame

Buttons Corner Frame

beakers for science with water

Beakers For Science With Water

straw hut roof

Straw Hut Roof

man walking away in shadows

Man Walking Away In Shadows

judgement gavel on white

Judgement Gavel On White

man leans over piers edge

Man Leans Over Piers Edge

black crow in flight

Black Crow In Flight

boat parked in english waters

Boat Parked In English Waters

crows fly over hills

Crows Fly Over Hills

spiral staircase from above

Spiral Staircase From Above

clock tower in england

Clock Tower In England

green hill by growing city

Green Hill By Growing City

rainbow of pencils

Rainbow Of Pencils

colorful pencil crayons

Colorful Pencil Crayons

colored pencils close up

Colored Pencils Close Up

rainbow pencil crayons

Rainbow Pencil Crayons

sharpened pencil crayons

Sharpened Pencil Crayons

blooming red flowers on bush

Blooming Red Flowers On Bush

cessna aircraft on tarmac

Cessna Aircraft On Tarmac

woodgrain background with chinese animals

Woodgrain Background With Chinese Animals

coffee on white

Coffee On White

coffee beans and mug flatlay

Coffee Beans And Mug Flatlay

coffee spelled in beans

Coffee Spelled In Beans

coffee beans background

Coffee Beans Background

spilled roasted coffee beans

Spilled Roasted Coffee Beans

coffee written with beans

Coffee Written With Beans

coffee beans font

Coffee Beans Font

coffee spelled in coffee

Coffee Spelled In Coffee

bare winter tree branches

Bare Winter Tree Branches

balance scale tilted right

Balance Scale Tilted Right

winter wheat close up

Winter Wheat Close Up

close up pine needles

Close Up Pine Needles

rustic old book open at centre

Rustic Old Book Open At Centre

scales of justice

Scales Of Justice

birch trees in winter

Birch Trees In Winter

winter birch forest

Winter Birch Forest

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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.