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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cat walking through ornate archway

Cat Walking Through Ornate Archway


an island filled with palm trees

An Island Filled With Palm Trees


sunrise creates light rays through a forest

Sunrise Creates Light Rays Through A Forest


white crane in water side profile

White Crane In Water Side Profile


protected by rocks under deep blue sky

Protected By Rocks Under Deep Blue SKy


pink blossoms over crumbling walls

Pink Blossoms Over Crumbling Walls


blue skies over rocky hill silhouette

Blue Skies Over Rocky Hill Silhouette


marbling of vibrant pink and purple colors

Marbling Of Vibrant Pink And Purple Colors


muddy trail beneath the trees

Muddy Trail Beneath The Trees


helicopter flying over portland

Helicopter Flying Over Portland


mobile gimbal floating on grey background

Mobile Gimbal Floating On Grey Background


autumn harvest pumpkins and gourds

Autumn Harvest Pumpkins And Gourds


single rock in shallow sea

Single Rock In Shallow Sea


a film reel lays flat catching the sunlight

A Film Reel Lays Flat Catching The Sunlight


mount hood peaks through forest

Mount Hood Peaks Through Forest


fall forest opens out to blue lake

Fall Forest Opens Out To Blue Lake


soccer field with hillside landscape

Soccer Field With Hillside Landscape


sporadic flower petals on white

Sporadic Flower Petals On White


close up of bright orange lily

Close Up Of Bright Orange Lily


clothes pins against a bright blue sky

Clothes Pins Against A Bright Blue Sky


led lights glow on ferris wheel

LED Lights Glow On Ferris Wheel


top down view of vivid floral arrangement

Top Down View Of Vivid Floral Arrangement


snowy mountain view

Snowy Mountain View


texture of a green leaf very close up

Texture Of A Green Leaf Very Close Up


woman photographs beautiful architecture

Woman Photographs Beautiful Architecture


basketball court hoop shadow

Basketball Court Hoop Shadow


waves come in after low tide

Waves Come In After Low Tide


lines of trees in snow

Lines Of Trees In Snow


three rocks and a road

Three Rocks And A Road


cedar and pinecones background

Cedar And Pinecones Background


wet orange and white paint filling frame

Wet Orange And White Paint Filling Frame


black cat sits by the rocks

Black Cat Sits By The Rocks


white clouds in a soft blue sky on warm summer day

White Clouds In A Soft Blue Sky On Warm Summer Day


close up of fern fronds

Close Up Of Fern Fronds


painted lanterns illuminating a room

Painted Lanterns Illuminating A Room


railway painted on red barnboard

Railway Painted On Red Barnboard


wintery sunny beach

Wintery Sunny Beach


tree silhouetted against a white sky

Tree Silhouetted Against A White Sky


small red lighthouse in the rocks

Small Red Lighthouse In The Rocks


rocky shores of oregon usa

Rocky Shores Of Oregon Usa


cone of leaves

Cone Of Leaves


yellow petals covered in yellow bokeh light

Yellow Petals Covered In Yellow Bokeh Light


microphone on stand left of frame against blue

Microphone On Stand Left Of Frame Against Blue


sunset splashing over rocks

Sunset Splashing Over Rocks


person walks in a open air courtyard

Person Walks In A Open Air Courtyard


golden spoon and metallic liquid

Golden Spoon And Metallic Liquid


edison bulbs illuminating the festival of lights

Edison Bulbs Illuminating The Festival Of LIghts


no parking sign on textured background

No Parking SIgn On Textured Background


sharp colored pencils lined up in a row

Sharp Colored Pencils Lined Up In A Row


field of golden wheat

Field Of Golden Wheat


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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.