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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sunset over city rail yard

Sunset Over City Rail Yard


grey worn wood bends separating in the middle

Grey Worn Wood Bends Separating In The Middle


aged france flag by water

Aged France Flag By Water


blue natural landscape

Blue Natural Landscape


snowy mountains over grassy hills

Snowy Mountains Over Grassy Hills


shop now sign on dark wood

Shop Now Sign On Dark Wood


wide angle chinese temple

Wide Angle Chinese Temple


hand reaches for a book next to sunglasses and a bag

Hand Reaches For A Book Next To Sunglasses And A Bag


white blocks laying in colorful dots spells out smile

White Blocks Laying In Colorful Dots Spells Out Smile


bright blue bird houses

Bright Blue Bird Houses


aerial shot of person atop parking lot

Aerial Shot Of Person Atop Parking Lot


get started today on marble background

Get Started Today On Marble Background


close up of aged wood

Close Up Of Aged Wood


oregon haystack rock

Oregon Haystack Rock


sun cracked cliffs overlook bathers on a sandy beach

Sun Cracked Cliffs Overlook Bathers On A Sandy Beach


novel lays open on dark blue linen fabric

Novel Lays Open On Dark Blue Linen Fabric


black shoes on contrete with scattered leaves

Black Shoes On Contrete With Scattered Leaves


close up of bright orange lily

Close Up Of Bright Orange Lily


boat under foggy bridge

Boat Under Foggy Bridge


green moss close up

Green Moss Close Up


wooden block spell out smile laying on colorful dots

Wooden Block Spell Out Smile Laying On Colorful Dots


bamboo stand with carving and color variations

Bamboo Stand With Carving And Color Variations


light ripples on water

Light Ripples On Water


abstract triangles of red orange and blue

Abstract Triangles Of Red Orange And Blue


dock on choppy cottage country lake

Dock On Choppy Cottage Country Lake


an island filled with palm trees

An Island Filled With Palm Trees


distant hikers on mountaineous landscape

Distant Hikers On Mountaineous Landscape


mountains and crystal clear water

Mountains And Crystal Clear Water


bridge over water oregon

Bridge Over Water Oregon


protected by rocks under deep blue sky

Protected By Rocks Under Deep Blue SKy


vibrant aqua blue water below cliff edge

Vibrant Aqua Blue Water Below Cliff Edge


icy layers of winter shoreline

Icy Layers Of Winter Shoreline


portrait of floral arrangement in natural light

Portrait Of Floral Arrangement In Natural Light


modern condo building under bright blue sky

Modern Condo Building Under Bright Blue Sky


winged insect sits on a brown stick in a open field

Winged Insect Sits On A Brown Stick In A Open Field


woman photographs beautiful architecture

Woman Photographs Beautiful Architecture


field of golden wheat

Field Of Golden Wheat


red green and white lines of a track

Red Green And White Lines Of A Track


leaf balances on rock by waterfall

Leaf Balances On Rock By Waterfall


side of a building with remains of an old poster

Side Of A Building With Remains Of An Old Poster


purple hydrangea close up

Purple Hydrangea Close Up


red rock cave

Red Rock Cave


numbers and letters on an orange background

Numbers And Letters On An Orange Background


close up of the ends of colored pencils

Close Up Of The Ends Of Colored Pencils


moody pine tree branches

Moody Pine Tree Branches


autumn landscape from hilltops

Autumn Landscape From Hilltops


aerial photo of a beach and aqua blue water

Aerial Photo of A Beach And Aqua Blue Water


mount hood peaks through forest

Mount Hood Peaks Through Forest


small bundle of wheat on a blue background

Small Bundle Of Wheat On A Blue Background


rock formations on oregon coast

Rock Formations On Oregon Coast


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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.