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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buildings of all colors overlooking river

Buildings Of All Colors Overlooking River

tiny pumpkins big orange image

Tiny Pumpkins Big Orange Image

close up of small colorful parrot

Close Up Of Small Colorful Parrot

red paint brush on textured background

Red Paint Brush On Textured Background

wild white daisy with green leaves

Wild White Daisy With Green Leaves

big marble alcove with flowerly inlay

Big Marble Alcove With Flowerly Inlay

rocky shores of oregon usa

Rocky Shores Of Oregon Usa

dry sunflower field texture

Dry Sunflower Field Texture

picture perfect trees

Picture Perfect Trees

sunbeams rising through forest trees

Sunbeams Rising Through Forest Trees

water tower at camp

Water Tower At Camp

three pine cones on crinkled paper

Three Pine Cones On Crinkled Paper

haystack rock oregon coast

Haystack Rock Oregon Coast

blue and green background with silver jewelry

Blue And Green Background With Silver Jewelry

italian cliffs

Italian Cliffs

long wooden pier on blue ocean

Long Wooden Pier On Blue Ocean

flatlay of a red envelope with gold and red chocolates

Flatlay Of A Red Envelope With Gold And Red Chocolates

field of golden wheat

Field Of Golden Wheat

painted lanterns illuminating a room

Painted Lanterns Illuminating A Room

clothes pins against a bright blue sky

Clothes Pins Against A Bright Blue Sky

red tailed hawk bird of prey

Red Tailed Hawk Bird Of Prey

beacon nestled at the edge of a cliff

Beacon Nestled At The Edge Of A Cliff

hand holds out phone against black background

Hand Holds Out Phone Against Black Background

rocky shore and low clouds

Rocky Shore And Low Clouds

purple and white orchid close up

Purple And White Orchid Close Up

black cat sits by the rocks

Black Cat Sits By The Rocks

small wild white flowers on sunny day

Small Wild White Flowers On Sunny Day

orange pumpkin pile close up

Orange Pumpkin Pile Close Up

mountains and crystal clear water

Mountains And Crystal Clear Water

sunset by rural roads

Sunset By Rural Roads

tree silhouetted against a white sky

Tree Silhouetted Against A White Sky

waterside rock with icicles

Waterside Rock With Icicles

white crane head closeup

White Crane Head Closeup

white crane in water walking forward

White Crane In Water Walking Forward

portrait of floral arrangement in natural light

Portrait Of Floral Arrangement In Natural Light

handcrafted goodness sign on marble

Handcrafted Goodness SIgn On Marble

birds silhouetted by the setting sun

Birds Silhouetted By The Setting Sun

white wagtail catches an insect

White Wagtail Catches An Insect

person walks in a open air courtyard

Person Walks In A Open Air Courtyard

a hand holds up a white daisy

A Hand Holds Up A White Daisy

empty cup surrounded by coffee beans

Empty Cup Surrounded By Coffee Beans

close up of a small yellow flower with small petals

Close Up Of A Small Yellow Flower With Small Petals

water from a thin canal reflects the taj mahal

Water From A Thin Canal Reflects The Taj Mahal

clay temple rooftop

Clay Temple Rooftop

sunlight creeps into antelope canyon

Sunlight Creeps Into Antelope Canyon

oceanside town at sunset

Oceanside Town At Sunset

close up of variegated leaves

Close Up Of Variegated Leaves

sunset on a large crane and big sky

Sunset On A Large Crane And Big Sky

two matching archways side by side

Two Matching Archways Side By Side

reflections in front of place of worship

Reflections In Front Of Place Of Worship

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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.