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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lined cell phones floating above orange rocks

Lined Cell Phones Floating Above Orange Rocks

modern architecture curve with windows

Modern Architecture Curve With Windows

texture of a green leaf very close up

Texture Of A Green Leaf Very Close Up

yellow spotted leaves

Yellow Spotted Leaves

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

blank wood frame chalkboard hangs on a blue wall

Blank Wood Frame Chalkboard Hangs On A Blue Wall

festive fall pumpkin pile

Festive Fall Pumpkin Pile

rooftops as seen through a window

Rooftops As Seen Through A Window

a trio of green candles

A Trio Of Green Candles

sunset creates colorful sky over trees

Sunset Creates Colorful Sky Over Trees

black and white photo of hands laying on top of eachother

Black And White Photo Of Hands Laying On Top Of Eachother

rust colored track curved and reflects in window

Rust Colored Track Curved And Reflects In Window

apartment view shanghai

Apartment View Shanghai

blue and orange tide rolls into shore

Blue And Orange Tide Rolls Into Shore

lensball red and black basketball court

Lensball Red And Black Basketball Court

green leaf closeup

Green Leaf Closeup

cat walking through ornate archway

Cat Walking Through Ornate Archway

rocky seaside cliffs and foggy ocean air

Rocky Seaside Cliffs And Foggy Ocean Air

close up of tree bark

Close Up Of Tree Bark

woman holding her face in both her hands

Woman Holding Her Face In Both Her Hands

wooden hiking path

Wooden Hiking Path

a close up of the bark on an old tree

A Close Up Of The Bark On An Old Tree

repeat pattern of a toy turtle on a blue background

Repeat Pattern Of A Toy Turtle On A Blue Background

mount hood with calm lake reflection

Mount Hood With Calm Lake Reflection

hands cup wooden blocks spelling the words mental health

Hands Cup Wooden Blocks Spelling The Words Mental Health

rusting no smoking sign on brick wall

Rusting No Smoking Sign On Brick Wall

top down view of vivid floral arrangement

Top Down View Of Vivid Floral Arrangement

brick building with blue detail

Brick Building With Blue Detail

bright sun above tall forest

Bright Sun Above Tall Forest

the top corner of a pineapple against pink

The Top Corner Of A Pineapple Against Pink

pinecone close up

Pinecone Close Up

man sits within ornate blue hallway

Man Sits Within Ornate Blue Hallway

pine cones and acorns lined up on paper

Pine Cones And Acorns Lined Up On Paper

seeds & pebbles

Seeds & Pebbles

wild grass going to seed

Wild Grass Going To Seed

rapids rush downhill past rocks

Rapids Rush Downhill Past Rocks

village in china below hillside

Village In China Below Hillside

circular metal structure against a blue sky

Circular Metal Structure Against A Blue Sky

abstract image of three triangles of color

Abstract Image Of Three Triangles Of Color

blue sky behind basketball net

Blue Sky Behind Basketball Net

rocky lakeshore clouded sky

Rocky Lakeshore Clouded Sky

race track texture

Race Track Texture

triangle of round circles create a tree light shape

Triangle Of Round Circles Create A Tree Light Shape

flatlay of a valentines day card with foil chocolate hearts

Flatlay Of A Valentines Day Card With Foil Chocolate Hearts

dark image of a plants leaves with yellow spots

Dark Image Of A Plants Leaves With Yellow Spots

an open courtyard with red lanterns at each doorway

An Open Courtyard With Red Lanterns At Each Doorway

tree silhouetted against a white sky

Tree Silhouetted Against A White Sky

grey worn wood bends separating in the middle

Grey Worn Wood Bends Separating In The Middle

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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.