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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elaborate building interior with light teal walls

Elaborate Building Interior With Light Teal Walls


small rural building with windmill

Small Rural Building With Windmill


window cleaners

Window Cleaners


long wooden pier on blue ocean

Long Wooden Pier On Blue Ocean


haystack rock oregon coast

Haystack Rock Oregon Coast


small red lighthouse in the rocks

Small Red Lighthouse In The Rocks


picturesque tide rolling below a sunset

Picturesque Tide Rolling Below A Sunset


dry sunflower field texture

Dry Sunflower Field Texture


sporadic flower petals on white

Sporadic Flower Petals On White


wooden walkway over water into rocky mountain pathway

Wooden Walkway Over Water Into Rocky Mountain Pathway


water tower at camp

Water Tower At Camp


cedar and pinecones background

Cedar And Pinecones Background


dried sunflower field

Dried Sunflower Field


close up on evergreen bonzai

Close Up On Evergreen Bonzai


three pine cones on crinkled paper

Three Pine Cones On Crinkled Paper


Green And White Marbled Coloring

Green And White Marbled Coloring


end of a rivers journey

End Of A Rivers Journey


orange pumpkin pile close up

Orange Pumpkin Pile Close Up


photo of black and pink shapes

Photo Of Black And Pink Shapes


cat walking through ornate archway

Cat Walking Through Ornate Archway


rocky shores of oregon usa

Rocky Shores Of Oregon Usa


red paper curves to make an abstract gradient

Red Paper Curves To Make An Abstract Gradient


top down view of vivid floral arrangement

Top Down View Of Vivid Floral Arrangement


wooden calendar sits on a white background

Wooden Calendar Sits On A White Background


red tailed hawk bird of prey

Red Tailed Hawk Bird Of Prey


deep blue sky over lighthouse

Deep Blue Sky Over Lighthouse


camera floating on grey background

Camera Floating On Grey Background


italian cliffs

Italian Cliffs


buildings of all colors overlooking river

Buildings Of All Colors Overlooking River


picture perfect trees

Picture Perfect Trees


sunflower looks up towards the sun

Sunflower Looks Up Towards The Sun


white crane head closeup

White Crane Head Closeup


green fern leaves fill frame

Green Fern Leaves Fill Frame


waterside rock with icicles

Waterside Rock With Icicles


red paint brush on textured background

Red Paint Brush On Textured Background


handcrafted goodness sign on marble

Handcrafted Goodness SIgn On Marble


red vintage car parked by brick wall

Red Vintage Car Parked By Brick Wall


white crane in water walking forward

White Crane In Water Walking Forward


close up of bright orange lily

Close Up Of Bright Orange Lily


oceanside town at sunset

Oceanside Town At Sunset


purple and white orchid close up

Purple And White Orchid Close Up


rocky shore and low clouds

Rocky Shore And Low Clouds


small wild white flowers on sunny day

Small Wild White Flowers On Sunny Day


wild white daisy with green leaves

Wild White Daisy With Green Leaves


young woman shrowded in symmetry

Young Woman Shrowded In Symmetry


clay temple rooftop

Clay Temple Rooftop


sunset by rural roads

Sunset By Rural Roads


mobile gimbal floating on grey background

Mobile Gimbal Floating On Grey Background


close up of variegated leaves

Close Up Of Variegated Leaves


observation deck of cn tower

Observation Deck Of CN Tower


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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.