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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fluffy clouds in a light blue sky on a clear summer day

Fluffy Clouds In A Light Blue Sky On A Clear Summer Day

young woman shrowded in symmetry

Young Woman Shrowded In Symmetry

dried sunflower field

Dried Sunflower Field

sharp colored pencils lined up in a row

Sharp Colored Pencils Lined Up In A Row

tourist views seaside

Tourist Views Seaside

dried up flower in the wild

Dried Up Flower In The Wild

abstract image of purple and blue marbling color

Abstract Image Of Purple And Blue Marbling Color

cascade of hydrangea blossoms

Cascade Of Hydrangea Blossoms

blue red pink and yellow paper fanned out

Blue Red Pink And Yellow Paper Fanned Out

leafy hedge spanning length of wall

Leafy Hedge Spanning Length Of Wall

window cleaners

Window Cleaners

dock out into water

Dock Out Into Water

mountains and crystal clear water

Mountains And Crystal Clear Water

green fern leaves fill frame

Green Fern Leaves Fill Frame

picturesque tide rolling below a sunset

Picturesque Tide Rolling Below A Sunset

portrait of floral arrangement in natural light

Portrait Of Floral Arrangement In Natural Light

red paint brush on textured background

Red Paint Brush On Textured Background

two matching archways side by side

Two Matching Archways Side By Side

colored pencils lines up on a black background

Colored Pencils Lines Up On A Black Background

aerial view of frozen pier

Aerial View Of Frozen Pier

lush green artificial plant in pot

Lush Green Artificial Plant In Pot

small bundle of wheat on a blue background

Small Bundle Of Wheat On A Blue Background

end of a rivers journey

End Of A Rivers Journey

sunlight illuminates rich fall colors

Sunlight Illuminates Rich Fall Colors

birds silhouetted by the setting sun

Birds Silhouetted By The Setting Sun

abstract photo of red marbling into white

Abstract Photo Of Red Marbling Into White

window cleaners portrait

Window Cleaners Portrait

wild white daisy with green leaves

Wild White Daisy With Green Leaves

deep blue sky over lighthouse

Deep Blue Sky Over Lighthouse

abstract triangles of red orange and blue

Abstract Triangles Of Red Orange And Blue

close up on evergreen bonzai

Close Up On Evergreen Bonzai

frost coated nature

Frost Coated Nature

red and gold squares hang from the ceiling

Red And Gold Squares Hang From The Ceiling

orange colors of cascading ripples in water

Orange Colors Of Cascading Ripples In Water

abstract image of three triangles of color

Abstract Image Of Three Triangles Of Color

american mount hood

American Mount Hood

sunbeams rising through forest trees

Sunbeams Rising Through Forest Trees

reflections in front of place of worship

Reflections In Front Of Place Of Worship

silhouettes of two people splashing on the beach

Silhouettes Of Two People Splashing On The Beach

close up of a small yellow flower with small petals

Close Up Of A Small Yellow Flower With Small Petals

empty cup surrounded by coffee beans

Empty Cup Surrounded By Coffee Beans

white wagtail catches an insect

White Wagtail Catches An Insect

white flower blooming below a warm sunset

White Flower Blooming Below A Warm Sunset

long wooden pier on blue ocean

Long Wooden Pier On Blue Ocean

a hand holds up a white daisy

A Hand Holds Up A White Daisy

beacon nestled at the edge of a cliff

Beacon Nestled At The Edge Of A Cliff

half blue and half pink photo with earrings lined up

Half Blue And Half Pink Photo With Earrings Lined Up

get started today on dark wood background

Get Started Today On Dark Wood Background

mount hood oregon at dusk

Mount Hood Oregon At Dusk

buildings of all colors overlooking river

Buildings Of All Colors Overlooking River

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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.