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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hand holding pear still on the branch

Hand Holding Pear Still On The Branch

two paddleboarders coming into shore

Two Paddleboarders Coming Into Shore

cascading ripples in the water

Cascading Ripples In The Water

texture of a green leaf very close up

Texture Of A Green Leaf Very Close Up

dry tips on long slim leaves

Dry Tips On Long Slim Leaves

hands work on a glass mosaic to left side of frame

Hands Work On A Glass Mosaic To Left Side Of Frame

harmonica tambourine and ukulele

Harmonica Tambourine And Ukulele

shards of broken ice on a lake

Shards Of Broken Ice On A Lake

rocky reflection by mountain

Rocky Reflection By Mountain

tall ship docked in fog

Tall Ship Docked In Fog

portrait race track lines texture

Portrait Race Track Lines Texture

camera floating on grey background

Camera Floating On Grey Background

a closed grey curtain surrounded by a grey wall

A Closed Grey Curtain Surrounded By A Grey Wall

florence rooftops

Florence Rooftops

shop now sign on marble

Shop Now Sign On Marble

red and white flower with green stem

Red And White Flower With Green Stem

concrete platform in the ocean

Concrete Platform In the Ocean

close up of the ends of colored pencils

Close Up Of The Ends Of Colored Pencils

aerial photo of a beach and aqua blue water

Aerial Photo of A Beach And Aqua Blue Water

silhouettes of wind turbines

Silhouettes Of Wind Turbines

photo of a street corner where two buildings meet

Photo Of A Street Corner Where Two Buildings Meet

sun bleached wooden walkway through tall grass

Sun Bleached Wooden Walkway Through Tall Grass

green tree top leaves

Green Tree Top Leaves

lensball tunnell at train station

Lensball Tunnell At Train Station

boat parked in english waters

Boat Parked In English Waters

hand holding baseball on red

Hand Holding Baseball On Red

grey sky over fall field

Grey Sky Over Fall Field

wooden blocks lay in colorful dots and spell smile

Wooden Blocks Lay In Colorful Dots And Spell Smile

mountain by glassy lake with reflection

Mountain By Glassy Lake With Reflection

camera lens propped on a bottle

Camera Lens Propped On A Bottle

man sits within ornate blue hallway

Man Sits Within Ornate Blue Hallway

cat walking through ornate archway

Cat Walking Through Ornate Archway

abstract image of three triangles of color

Abstract Image Of Three Triangles Of Color

modern architecture curve with windows

Modern Architecture Curve With Windows

stone surrounded by ground cover

Stone Surrounded By Ground Cover

close up of bright orange lily

Close Up Of Bright Orange Lily

festive fall pumpkin pile

Festive Fall Pumpkin Pile

chinese flag on temple rooftop

Chinese Flag On Temple Rooftop

marina by hills

Marina By Hills

tree silhouetted against a white sky

Tree Silhouetted Against A White Sky

curved city street

Curved City Street

people walk through cobbled street in summer

People Walk Through Cobbled Street In Summer

grey storm clouds over dry farm field

Grey Storm Clouds Over Dry Farm Field

yellow spotted leaves

Yellow Spotted Leaves

sandy seaweed

Sandy Seaweed

close up of aged wood

Close Up Of Aged Wood

close up of tree bark

Close Up Of Tree Bark

bright sun above tall forest

Bright Sun Above Tall Forest

sunset creates colorful sky over trees

Sunset Creates Colorful Sky Over Trees

apartment view shanghai

Apartment View Shanghai

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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.