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.

gold coins weaved onto red rope

Gold Coins Weaved Onto Red Rope

edison bulbs illuminating the festival of lights

Edison Bulbs Illuminating The Festival Of LIghts

small rural building with windmill

Small Rural Building With Windmill

green fern leaves fill frame

Green Fern Leaves Fill Frame

top down view of vivid floral arrangement

Top Down View Of Vivid Floral Arrangement

wheatsheaf against a blue sky

Wheatsheaf Against A Blue Sky

low tide rock formations

Low Tide Rock Formations

portrait of floral arrangement in natural light

Portrait Of Floral Arrangement In Natural Light

close up of bright orange lily

Close Up Of Bright Orange Lily

sunlight creeps into antelope canyon

Sunlight Creeps Into Antelope Canyon

small wild white flowers on sunny day

Small Wild White Flowers On Sunny Day

tide rushes into shore on hazy morning

Tide Rushes Into Shore On Hazy Morning

wild white daisy with green leaves

Wild White Daisy With Green Leaves

mobile gimbal floating on grey background

Mobile Gimbal Floating On Grey Background

silhouettes of people at the top of a sand dune

Silhouettes Of People At The Top Of A Sand Dune

wooden walkway over water into rocky mountain pathway

Wooden Walkway Over Water Into Rocky Mountain Pathway

empty cup surrounded by coffee beans

Empty Cup Surrounded By Coffee Beans

two matching archways side by side

Two Matching Archways Side By Side

woman admiring eastern architecture

Woman Admiring Eastern Architecture

reflections in front of place of worship

Reflections In Front Of Place Of Worship

sunflower looks up towards the sun

Sunflower Looks Up Towards The Sun

sunbeams rising through forest trees

Sunbeams Rising Through Forest Trees

dusty planes at sunset

Dusty Planes At Sunset

painted lanterns illuminating a room

Painted Lanterns Illuminating A Room

snowy mountains and a winding dirt road

Snowy Mountains And A Winding Dirt Road

big marble alcove with flowerly inlay

Big Marble Alcove With Flowerly Inlay

off the beaten path in fall season

Off The Beaten Path In Fall Season

beacon nestled at the edge of a cliff

Beacon Nestled At The Edge Of A Cliff

a hand holding a mobile phone while looking at photos

A Hand Holding A Mobile Phone While Looking At Photos

waterfall through a lush green forest

Waterfall Through A Lush Green Forest

shenzhen cityscape

Shenzhen Cityscape

field of golden wheat

Field Of Golden Wheat

the mehrangarh fort and museum

The Mehrangarh Fort and Museum

detailed fern leaves close up

Detailed Fern Leaves Close Up

hand placed on flower petals

Hand Placed On Flower Petals

close up of small colorful parrot

Close Up Of Small Colorful Parrot

european robin on a branch

European Robin On A Branch

winding tree towers over landscape

Winding Tree Towers Over Landscape

clothes pins against a bright blue sky

Clothes Pins Against A Bright Blue Sky

red vintage car parked by brick wall

Red Vintage Car Parked By Brick Wall

silhouettes of two people splashing on the beach

Silhouettes Of Two People Splashing On The Beach

cheery blossom flowers from below

Cheery Blossom Flowers From Below

tree silhouetted against a white sky

Tree Silhouetted Against A White Sky

deep beneath the antelope canyon

Deep Beneath The Antelope Canyon

sunlight illuminates rich fall colors

Sunlight Illuminates Rich Fall Colors

sunset on a large crane and big sky

Sunset On A Large Crane And Big Sky

no parking sign on textured background

No Parking SIgn On Textured Background

person walks in a open air courtyard

Person Walks In A Open Air Courtyard

icy lake and snowy mountain tops

Icy Lake And Snowy Mountain Tops

orange hanging from orange tree

Orange Hanging From Orange Tree

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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.