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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soft pink and black geometric abstract shapes

Soft Pink And Black Geometric Abstract Shapes

aged sports field risers

Aged Sports Field Risers

window cleaners

Window Cleaners

black cat sits by the rocks

Black Cat Sits By The Rocks

mountains and crystal clear water

Mountains And Crystal Clear Water

purple and green leaves against black

Purple And Green Leaves Against Black

texture of a green leaf very close up

Texture Of A Green Leaf Very Close Up

wavy water creating pattern in swimming pool

Wavy Water Creating Pattern In Swimming Pool

rustic water tower

Rustic Water Tower

wild white daisy with green leaves

Wild White Daisy With Green Leaves

beacon nestled at the edge of a cliff

Beacon Nestled At The Edge Of A Cliff

get started today sign on marble

Get Started Today Sign On Marble

broken stem in dry field

Broken Stem In Dry Field

field of golden wheat

Field Of Golden Wheat

red paint brush on textured background

Red Paint Brush On Textured Background

blue and pink background with earrings in a line

Blue And Pink Background With Earrings In A Line

small wild white flowers on sunny day

Small Wild White Flowers On Sunny Day

end of a rivers journey

End Of A Rivers Journey

black and white photo of a tangled movie reel

Black And White Photo Of A Tangled Movie Reel

pistachio nuts macro

Pistachio Nuts Macro

birds silhouetted by the setting sun

Birds Silhouetted By The Setting Sun

person walks in a open air courtyard

Person Walks In A Open Air Courtyard

quiet lake and hills

Quiet Lake And Hills

close up on evergreen bonzai

Close Up On Evergreen Bonzai

buildings of all colors overlooking river

Buildings Of All Colors Overlooking River

a hand holds up a white daisy

A Hand Holds Up A White Daisy

water from a thin canal reflects the taj mahal

Water From A Thin Canal Reflects The Taj Mahal

close up of a small yellow flower with small petals

Close Up Of A Small Yellow Flower With Small Petals

tree silhouetted against a white sky

Tree Silhouetted Against A White Sky

queen anns lace texture

Queen Anns Lace Texture

reflections in front of place of worship

Reflections In Front Of Place Of Worship

long wooden pier on blue ocean

Long Wooden Pier On Blue Ocean

dirt road runds through green trees drone

Dirt Road Runds Through Green Trees Drone

portrait of floral arrangement in natural light

Portrait Of Floral Arrangement In Natural Light

italian cliffs

Italian Cliffs

church tower in china

Church Tower In China

colorful candy eggs against a white background

Colorful Candy Eggs Against A White Background

two matching archways side by side

Two Matching Archways Side By Side

no parking sign on textured background

No Parking SIgn On Textured Background

small bundle of wheat on a blue background

Small Bundle Of Wheat On A Blue Background

a film reel lays flat catching the sunlight

A Film Reel Lays Flat Catching The Sunlight

sunlight creeps into antelope canyon

Sunlight Creeps Into Antelope Canyon

sharp colored pencils lined up in a row

Sharp Colored Pencils Lined Up In A Row

half pink half blue background with stud earrings in a row

Half Pink Half Blue Background With Stud Earrings In A Row

empty cup surrounded by coffee beans

Empty Cup Surrounded By Coffee Beans

white wagtail catches an insect

White Wagtail Catches An Insect

tiny pumpkins big orange image

Tiny Pumpkins Big Orange Image

leaf floating in rocky stream

Leaf Floating In Rocky Stream

rocky shore and low clouds

Rocky Shore And Low Clouds

worn wood texture close up

Worn Wood Texture Close Up

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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.