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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texture of a green leaf very close up

Texture Of A Green Leaf Very Close Up

hand holding pear still on the branch

Hand Holding Pear Still On The Branch

glassy lake reflects mount hood oregon

Glassy Lake Reflects Mount Hood Oregon

dusky desert

Dusky Desert

close up of colored pencils lined up

Close Up Of Colored Pencils Lined Up

blank chalkboard sits in green ivy

Blank Chalkboard Sits In Green Ivy

landscape scattered yellow and purple petals

Landscape Scattered Yellow And Purple Petals

shards of broken ice on a lake

Shards Of Broken Ice On A Lake

basilica rooftop walk

Basilica Rooftop Walk

gourds and pumpkins texture

Gourds And Pumpkins Texture

wooden colored pencils scattered on pink and blue balls

Wooden Colored Pencils Scattered On Pink And Blue Balls

man sits within ornate blue hallway

Man Sits Within Ornate Blue Hallway

cluster of dried hydrangeas

Cluster Of Dried Hydrangeas

a trio of green candles

A Trio Of Green Candles

abstract image of three triangles of color

Abstract Image Of Three Triangles Of Color

portrait of floral arrangement in natural light

Portrait Of Floral Arrangement In Natural Light

hikers on green hike

Hikers On Green Hike

temple by chinese hillside

Temple By Chinese Hillside

sandy feet, sandy beach

Sandy Feet, Sandy Beach

tree silhouetted against a white sky

Tree Silhouetted Against A White Sky

view from rooftop

View From Rooftop

roof top with red brick on clear day

Roof Top With Red Brick On Clear Day

two paddleboarders coming into shore

Two Paddleboarders Coming Into Shore

shop now sign on marble

Shop Now Sign On Marble

birds silhouetted by the setting sun

Birds Silhouetted By The Setting Sun

cat walking through ornate archway

Cat Walking Through Ornate Archway

apartment building wondows

Apartment Building Wondows

sunset tide spilling onto rocky beach

Sunset Tide Spilling Onto Rocky Beach

hiker stops near edge

Hiker Stops Near Edge

close up on delicate orchid

Close Up On Delicate Orchid

look up to the exterior of a carved building

Look Up To The Exterior Of A Carved Building

a hand holds up a white daisy

A Hand Holds Up A White Daisy

holiday candlesticks blown out

Holiday Candlesticks Blown Out

bright sun above tall forest

Bright Sun Above Tall Forest

grey sky over fall field

Grey Sky Over Fall Field

dry tips on long slim leaves

Dry Tips On Long Slim Leaves

wild white daisy with green leaves

Wild White Daisy With Green Leaves

silhouettes of wind turbines

Silhouettes Of Wind Turbines

rocky reflection by mountain

Rocky Reflection By Mountain

red and white flower with green stem

Red And White Flower With Green Stem

sun bleached wooden walkway through tall grass

Sun Bleached Wooden Walkway Through Tall Grass

colored pencils scattered on pink and blue balls

Colored Pencils Scattered On Pink And Blue Balls

festive fall pumpkin pile

Festive Fall Pumpkin Pile

boat parked in english waters

Boat Parked In English Waters

modern architecture curve with windows

Modern Architecture Curve With Windows

tall ship docked in fog

Tall Ship Docked In Fog

village in china below hillside

Village In China Below Hillside

concrete platform in the ocean

Concrete Platform In the Ocean

stone surrounded by ground cover

Stone Surrounded By Ground Cover

lensball tunnell at train station

Lensball Tunnell At Train Station

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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.