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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red and gold squares hang from the ceiling

Red And Gold Squares Hang From The Ceiling


sunlight creeps into antelope canyon

Sunlight Creeps Into Antelope Canyon


colored pencils lines up on a black background

Colored Pencils Lines Up On A Black Background


half blue half green background with earrings and a ring

Half Blue Half Green Background With Earrings And A Ring


queen anns lace texture

Queen Anns Lace Texture


orange hanging from orange tree

Orange Hanging From Orange Tree


italian cliffs

Italian Cliffs


sunset by rural roads

Sunset By Rural Roads


sunset against a city with hills in the background

Sunset Against A City With Hills In The Background


leaf floating in rocky stream

Leaf Floating In Rocky Stream


abstract image of purple and blue marbling color

Abstract Image Of Purple And Blue Marbling Color


purple and white orchid close up

Purple And White Orchid Close Up


a pocket of forest in a dense city

A Pocket Of Forest In A Dense City


three pine cones on crinkled paper

Three Pine Cones On Crinkled Paper


orange pumpkin pile close up

Orange Pumpkin Pile Close Up


wet pavement reflects a building and city night lights

Wet Pavement Reflects A Building And City Night Lights


picture perfect trees

Picture Perfect Trees


blue wavy water of a swimming pool

Blue Wavy Water Of A Swimming Pool


dry sunflower field texture

Dry Sunflower Field Texture


sunset on a large crane and big sky

Sunset On A Large Crane And Big Sky


off the beaten path in fall season

Off The Beaten Path In Fall Season


the mehrangarh fort and museum

The Mehrangarh Fort and Museum


white flowing sheet outdoors with a wooden stool in front of it

White Flowing Sheet Outdoors With A Wooden Stool In Front Of It


white crane head closeup

White Crane Head Closeup


steaming winter water under train bridge

Steaming Winter Water Under Train Bridge


looking through stone archway with benches

Looking Through Stone Archway With Benches


get started today sign on dark wood

Get Started Today Sign On Dark Wood


abstract triangles of red orange and blue

Abstract Triangles Of Red Orange And Blue


woman admiring eastern architecture

Woman Admiring Eastern Architecture


haystack rock oregon coast

Haystack Rock Oregon Coast


white crane in water walking forward

White Crane In Water Walking Forward


colorful chocolate candy easter eggs on white

Colorful Chocolate Candy Easter Eggs On White


water tower at camp

Water Tower At Camp


roasted coffee beans on white fabric

Roasted Coffee Beans On White Fabric


sandy seaweed

Sandy Seaweed


rain drops on a bright window

Rain Drops On A Bright Window


abstract image of three triangles of color

Abstract Image Of Three Triangles Of Color


handcrafted goodness sign on marble

Handcrafted Goodness SIgn On Marble


waterfall through a lush green forest

Waterfall Through A Lush Green Forest


waterside rock with icicles

Waterside Rock With Icicles


person with fishing rod of mossy green rocks

Person With Fishing Rod Of Mossy Green Rocks


close up of the pocket of lite blue jeans

Close Up of The Pocket of Lite Blue Jeans


orange tide rolls into shore

Orange Tide Rolls Into Shore


view of the forest floor

View Of The Forest Floor


snowy mountains and a winding dirt road

Snowy Mountains And A Winding Dirt Road


abstract image of paper in pink and blue stripes

Abstract Image Of Paper In Pink And Blue Stripes


person looks up towards beautiful architecture

Person Looks Up Towards Beautiful Architecture


building made of white intricate archways

Building Made Of White Intricate Archways


abstract photo of red marbling into white

Abstract Photo Of Red Marbling Into White


small bird sits on a bare tree branch

Small Bird Sits On A Bare Tree Branch


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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.