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.

deep beneath the antelope canyon

Deep Beneath The Antelope Canyon

stone archway looks out to a tall building with circular roof

Stone Archway Looks Out To A Tall Building With Circular Roof

sunlight illuminates rich fall colors

Sunlight Illuminates Rich Fall Colors

orange hanging from orange tree

Orange Hanging From Orange Tree

a hand holds up a white daisy

A Hand Holds Up A White Daisy

icy lake and snowy mountain tops

Icy Lake And Snowy Mountain Tops

mountains and crystal clear water

Mountains And Crystal Clear Water

blue water and white cliffs surrounded by trees

Blue Water And White Cliffs Surrounded By Trees

healthy as an ox

Healthy As An Ox

wet pavement reflects a building and city night lights

Wet Pavement Reflects A Building And City Night Lights

birds silhouetted by the setting sun

Birds Silhouetted By The Setting Sun

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

sunflower fills center of a frame

Sunflower Fills Center Of A Frame

forest with rocks and road

Forest With Rocks And Road

hillside lake and town

Hillside Lake And Town

patterns from in antelope canyon

Patterns From In Antelope Canyon

off center vivid floral bouquet in clear vase

Off Center Vivid Floral Bouquet In Clear Vase

reaching bridge over water and mountians

Reaching Bridge Over Water And Mountians

stone walkway with trees and a view

Stone Walkway With Trees And A View

branches with spring blossoms frame a mountian view

Branches With Spring Blossoms Frame A Mountian View

a pocket of forest in a dense city

A Pocket Of Forest In A Dense City

person with fishing rod of mossy green rocks

Person With Fishing Rod Of Mossy Green Rocks

close up of wheat sheaves in field

Close Up Of Wheat Sheaves In Field

sunset on open water

Sunset On Open Water

looking through stone archway with benches

Looking Through Stone Archway With Benches

Sunrises On Snow Covered Mountains Towards Frosty Hills

Sunrises On Snow Covered Mountains Towards Frosty Hills

waves crash under morning sun

Waves Crash Under Morning Sun

distant snowy mountains behind a clear blue lake

Distant Snowy Mountains Behind A Clear Blue Lake

close up of a green leaf showing its detail

Close Up Of A Green Leaf Showing Its Detail

person looks up towards beautiful architecture

Person Looks Up Towards Beautiful Architecture

building made of white intricate archways

Building Made Of White Intricate Archways

natural light on bright floral arrangement

Natural Light On Bright Floral Arrangement

town on the water on a clear night

Town On The Water On A Clear Night

lifeguard chair on an empty beach

Lifeguard Chair On An Empty Beach

person stands by tall orange wall and looks up

Person Stands By Tall Orange Wall And Looks Up

white house covered in vines

White House Covered In Vines

sunset against a city with hills in the background

Sunset Against A City With Hills In The Background

Small Colored Birds Perched On Bare Tree Branches

Small Colored Birds Perched On Bare Tree Branches

a camel is lead by yellow lead

A Camel Is Lead By Yellow Lead

a landscape of rust colored sand dunes

A Landscape Of Rust Colored Sand Dunes

modern residential building under bright sun

Modern Residential Building Under Bright Sun

flamingos standing in water with mountains in distance

Flamingos Standing In Water With Mountains In Distance

hikers flock to lighthouse at sunset

Hikers Flock To Lighthouse At Sunset

wavy water and choppy waves at golden hour

Wavy Water And Choppy Waves At Golden Hour

a green teapot and teabags leaning on it

A Green Teapot And Teabags Leaning On It

sunlight ducks below the horizon

Sunlight Ducks Below The Horizon

small bird sits on a bare tree branch

Small Bird Sits On A Bare Tree Branch

two silhouettes of people fishing at sunset

Two Silhouettes Of People Fishing At Sunset

a lighthouse sits on top of a cliff

A Lighthouse Sits On Top Of A Cliff

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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.