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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under city iron bridge

Under City Iron Bridge


towering new york building from above

Towering New York Building From Above


new york three bridges

New York Three Bridges


new york city buildings and water towers

New York City Buildings And Water Towers


new york bridges from above

New York Bridges From Above


long view of new york city

Long View Of New York City


geometric glass city architecture

Geometric Glass City Architecture


empire state top cloudy sky

Empire State Top Cloudy Sky


city lights through rain window

City Lights Through Rain Window


city behind greenery

City Behind Greenery


brick street under urban bridge

Brick Street Under Urban Bridge


long grass growing in city

Long Grass Growing In City


black balloon on yellow

Black Balloon On Yellow


sunset behind golden gate bridge

Sunset Behind Golden Gate Bridge


san francisco nights

San Francisco Nights


landscape viewing binoculars

Landscape Viewing Binoculars


iphone photography golden gate bridge

iPhone Photography Golden Gate Bridge


hiking by golden gate bridge

Hiking By Golden Gate Bridge


hiking above clouds at sunset

Hiking Above Clouds At Sunset


fog on dark waters edge

Fog On Dark Waters Edge


golden autumn leaves

Golden Autumn Leaves


fall leaves in fallen tree

Fall Leaves In Fallen Tree


glassy iceland lake water reflects hillside

Glassy Iceland Lake Water Reflects Hillside


autumn flowers in bloom

Autumn Flowers In Bloom


asphalt highway

Asphalt Highway


abandoned iceland farm home

Abandoned Iceland Farm Home


calm water in european city

Calm Water In European City


white rose close up

White Rose Close Up


thick lush green forest

Thick Lush Green Forest


perfect yellow flower

Perfect Yellow Flower


watching the waterfall

Watching The Waterfall


volcanic hillside road

Volcanic Hillside Road


stream water passing through cliffs

Stream Water Passing Through Cliffs


stream through rocky hillside

Stream Through Rocky Hillside


stone sculptures on beach

Stone Sculptures On Beach


standing at waterfalls edge

Standing At Waterfalls Edge


sheep & field near glacier

Sheep & Field Near Glacier


rushing waterfall in iceland

Rushing Waterfall In Iceland


rural iceland sunset

Rural Iceland Sunset


rocky formations

Rocky Formations


rock art desert hills

Rock Art Desert Hills


road through rocky terrain

Road Through Rocky Terrain


reykjavik iceland clock tower

Reykjavik Iceland Clock Tower


resting by galcier waterfall

Resting By Galcier Waterfall


photographer hiking iceland flats

Photographer Hiking Iceland Flats


natural pillars in ocean

Natural Pillars In Ocean


mossy volcanic hillside

Mossy Volcanic Hillside


mossy cliffs by glacier springs

Mossy Cliffs By Glacier Springs


man hikes hilly landscape

Man Hikes Hilly Landscape


long haired horse by fence

Long Haired Horse By Fence


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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.