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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bridge over water oregon

Bridge Over Water Oregon

modern condo building under bright blue sky

Modern Condo Building Under Bright Blue Sky

protected by rocks under deep blue sky

Protected By Rocks Under Deep Blue SKy

the mehrangarh fort and museum

The Mehrangarh Fort and Museum

tree silhouetted against a white sky

Tree Silhouetted Against A White Sky

close up of bright orange lily

Close Up Of Bright Orange Lily

leaf balances on rock by waterfall

Leaf Balances On Rock By Waterfall

brown wall lit up with a yellow light at top

Brown Wall Lit Up With A Yellow Light At Top

an island filled with palm trees

An Island Filled With Palm Trees

icy layers of winter shoreline

Icy Layers Of Winter Shoreline

abstract triangles of red orange and blue

Abstract Triangles Of Red Orange And Blue

purple hydrangea close up

Purple Hydrangea Close Up

red rock cave

Red Rock Cave

autumn landscape from hilltops

Autumn Landscape From Hilltops

water creates glass texture on city street

Water Creates Glass Texture On City Street

black and white photo of hands laying on top of eachother

Black And White Photo Of Hands Laying On Top Of Eachother

slices of homemade pizza with olives on a green plate

Slices Of Homemade Pizza With Olives On A Green Plate

mountains and crystal clear water

Mountains And Crystal Clear Water

close up of a worn barn exterior

Close Up Of A Worn Barn Exterior

row of yellow trees by field and hills

Row Of Yellow Trees By Field And Hills

mount hood peaks through forest

Mount Hood Peaks Through Forest

rock formations on oregon coast

Rock Formations On Oregon Coast

white moon on crisp blue daytime sky lined by rocky cliffs

White Moon On Crisp Blue Daytime Sky Lined By Rocky Cliffs

waterfall over rocky cliff

Waterfall Over Rocky Cliff

portrait of floral arrangement in natural light

Portrait Of Floral Arrangement In Natural Light

field of golden wheat

Field Of Golden Wheat

moody pine tree branches

Moody Pine Tree Branches

fall forest opens out to blue lake

Fall Forest Opens Out To Blue Lake

new york skyline from the water

New York Skyline From The Water

woman photographs beautiful architecture

Woman Photographs Beautiful Architecture

sea stack by ocean at low tide

Sea Stack By Ocean At Low Tide

cloudy day beach camp out

Cloudy Day Beach Camp Out

trees in shenzhen

Trees In Shenzhen

football field turf paint

Football Field Turf Paint

small red lighthouse in the rocks

Small Red Lighthouse In The Rocks

small bundle of wheat on a blue background

Small Bundle Of Wheat On A Blue Background

stem of queen annes lace

Stem Of Queen Annes Lace

round temple with detailed decor

Round Temple With Detailed Decor

toronto city summer skyline

Toronto City Summer Skyline

platform 10 sign on brick wall at station

Platform 10 Sign On Brick Wall At Station

green fern leaves fill frame

Green Fern Leaves Fill Frame

young woman shrowded in symmetry

Young Woman Shrowded In Symmetry

black cat sits by the rocks

Black Cat Sits By The Rocks

numbers and letters on an orange background

Numbers And Letters On An Orange Background

mountain lake scene

Mountain Lake Scene

pink blossoms over crumbling walls

Pink Blossoms Over Crumbling Walls

single rock in shallow sea

Single Rock In Shallow Sea

hanging dead sunflower

Hanging Dead Sunflower

birds silhouetted by the setting sun

Birds Silhouetted By The Setting Sun

cedar and pinecones background

Cedar And Pinecones Background

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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.