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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close up of aged wood

Close Up Of Aged Wood

rocky seaside cliffs and foggy ocean air

Rocky Seaside Cliffs And Foggy Ocean Air

a close up of the bark on an old tree

A Close Up Of The Bark On An Old Tree

green leaf closeup

Green Leaf Closeup

rusting no smoking sign on brick wall

Rusting No Smoking Sign On Brick Wall

brick building with blue detail

Brick Building With Blue Detail

wooden hiking path

Wooden Hiking Path

sandy seaweed

Sandy Seaweed

village in china below hillside

Village In China Below Hillside

mount hood with calm lake reflection

Mount Hood With Calm Lake Reflection

mountains and crystal clear water

Mountains And Crystal Clear Water

abstract triangles of red orange and blue

Abstract Triangles Of Red Orange And Blue

rapids rush downhill past rocks

Rapids Rush Downhill Past Rocks

flatlay of blocks the middle spelling out stay well

Flatlay Of Blocks The Middle Spelling Out Stay Well

close up of colored pencils lined up

Close Up Of Colored Pencils Lined Up

race track texture

Race Track Texture

pine cones and acorns lined up on paper

Pine Cones And Acorns Lined Up On Paper

wild grass going to seed

Wild Grass Going To Seed

seeds & pebbles

Seeds & Pebbles

pinecone close up

Pinecone Close Up

portrait of floral arrangement in natural light

Portrait Of Floral Arrangement In Natural Light

flatlay of blocks spelling lets dance on colorful dots

Flatlay Of Blocks Spelling Lets Dance On Colorful Dots

blue sky behind basketball net

Blue Sky Behind Basketball Net

rocky lakeshore clouded sky

Rocky Lakeshore Clouded Sky

shop now sign on dark wood

Shop Now Sign On Dark Wood

roof top with red brick on clear day

Roof Top With Red Brick On Clear Day

blue natural landscape

Blue Natural Landscape

snow dusted rocky path in winter

Snow Dusted Rocky Path In Winter

aged france flag by water

Aged France Flag By Water

sun cracked cliffs overlook bathers on a sandy beach

Sun Cracked Cliffs Overlook Bathers On A Sandy Beach

sunset over city rail yard

Sunset Over City Rail Yard

side of a building with silver doors

Side Of A Building With Silver Doors

field of golden wheat

Field Of Golden Wheat

wide angle chinese temple

Wide Angle Chinese Temple

black shoes on contrete with scattered leaves

Black Shoes On Contrete With Scattered Leaves

get started today on marble background

Get Started Today On Marble Background

birds silhouetted by the setting sun

Birds Silhouetted By The Setting Sun

an island filled with palm trees

An Island Filled With Palm Trees

aerial shot of person atop parking lot

Aerial Shot Of Person Atop Parking Lot

snowy mountains over grassy hills

Snowy Mountains Over Grassy Hills

light ripples on water

Light Ripples On Water

a hand holds up a white daisy

A Hand Holds Up A White Daisy

wooden colored pencils scattered on pink and blue balls

Wooden Colored Pencils Scattered On Pink And Blue Balls

bamboo stand with carving and color variations

Bamboo Stand With Carving And Color Variations

bright blue bird houses

Bright Blue Bird Houses

wild white daisy with green leaves

Wild White Daisy With Green Leaves

oregon haystack rock

Oregon Haystack Rock

boat under foggy bridge

Boat Under Foggy Bridge

green moss close up

Green Moss Close Up

protected by rocks under deep blue sky

Protected By Rocks Under Deep Blue SKy

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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.