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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small wild white flowers on sunny day

Small Wild White Flowers On Sunny Day

small bird sits on a bare tree branch

Small Bird Sits On A Bare Tree Branch

white sign says summer against a yellow curved wall

White Sign Says Summer Against A Yellow Curved Wall

blue wavy water of a swimming pool

Blue Wavy Water Of A Swimming Pool

looking through stone archway with benches

Looking Through Stone Archway With Benches

textured channels in dry sand

Textured Channels In Dry Sand

blanket of leaves

Blanket Of Leaves

numbers and letters on an orange background

Numbers And Letters On An Orange Background

fanned out rupees currency

Fanned Out Rupees Currency

white and blue marbling abstract view

White And Blue Marbling Abstract View

abstract photo of orange and green marbling

Abstract Photo Of Orange And Green Marbling

sunlight creeps into antelope canyon

Sunlight Creeps Into Antelope Canyon

close up of the pocket of lite blue jeans

Close Up of The Pocket of Lite Blue Jeans

a black mounted metal microphone against red

A Black Mounted Metal Microphone Against Red

orange hanging from orange tree

Orange Hanging From Orange Tree

wet pavement reflects a building and city night lights

Wet Pavement Reflects A Building And City Night Lights

mound of leaves against black

Mound Of Leaves Against Black

view of the forest floor

View Of The Forest Floor

colored pencils scattered shown from above

Colored Pencils Scattered Shown From Above

blue whale jumps out of the ocean

Blue Whale Jumps Out Of The Ocean

rocky shore and low clouds

Rocky Shore And Low Clouds

two slices of orange lay on a sunlit cutting board

Two Slices Of Orange Lay On A Sunlit Cutting Board

person looks up towards beautiful architecture

Person Looks Up Towards Beautiful Architecture

ends of colored pencils lines up

Ends Of Colored Pencils Lines Up

race track lane lines

Race Track Lane Lines

colourful light creates bokeh

Colourful Light Creates Bokeh

sunset against a city with hills in the background

Sunset Against A City With Hills In The Background

building made of white intricate archways

Building Made Of White Intricate Archways

red white and blue marbling abstract view

Red White And Blue Marbling Abstract View

sumac tree against a clear blue sky

Sumac Tree Against A Clear Blue Sky

pink and red marbling abstract view

Pink And Red Marbling Abstract View

the mehrangarh fort and museum

The Mehrangarh Fort and Museum

a pocket of forest in a dense city

A Pocket Of Forest In A Dense City

black microphones pattern on a yellow background

Black Microphones Pattern On A Yellow Background

dry queen annes lace stem

Dry Queen Annes Lace Stem

off the beaten path in fall season

Off The Beaten Path In Fall Season

a person swimming lanes in outdoor pool by tall trees

A Person Swimming Lanes In Outdoor Pool By Tall Trees

yellow wall with a section of exposed brick

Yellow Wall With A Section Of Exposed Brick

wavy water and choppy waves at golden hour

Wavy Water And Choppy Waves At Golden Hour

woman admiring eastern architecture

Woman Admiring Eastern Architecture

a camel is lead by yellow lead

A Camel Is Lead By Yellow Lead

film reel taggled against a white background

Film Reel Taggled Against A White Background

close up of lite blue jean fabric

Close Up of Lite Blue Jean Fabric

cellphone floats above a yellow background

Cellphone Floats Above A Yellow Background

quiet lake and hills

Quiet Lake And Hills

purple and white orchid close up

Purple And White Orchid Close Up

Quiet Wooden Farm With Low Clouds

Quiet Wooden Farm With Low Clouds

snowy mountains and a winding dirt road

Snowy Mountains And A Winding Dirt Road

a green triangle and an orange triangle on paper

A Green Triangle And An Orange Triangle On Paper

roasted coffee beans on white fabric

Roasted Coffee Beans On White Fabric

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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.