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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sharp colored pencils lined up in a row

Sharp Colored Pencils Lined Up In A Row

dry sunflower field texture

Dry Sunflower Field Texture

sunset by rural roads

Sunset By Rural Roads

water tower at camp

Water Tower At Camp

half pink half blue background with stud earrings in a row

Half Pink Half Blue Background With Stud Earrings In A Row

purple and white orchid close up

Purple And White Orchid Close Up

a film reel lays flat catching the sunlight

A Film Reel Lays Flat Catching The Sunlight

marbling of vibrant pink and purple colors

Marbling Of Vibrant Pink And Purple Colors

worn wood texture close up

Worn Wood Texture Close Up

orange hanging from orange tree

Orange Hanging From Orange Tree

a pocket of forest in a dense city

A Pocket Of Forest In A Dense City

white crane head closeup

White Crane Head Closeup

handcrafted goodness sign on marble

Handcrafted Goodness SIgn On Marble

haystack rock oregon coast

Haystack Rock Oregon Coast

sunset against a city with hills in the background

Sunset Against A City With Hills In The Background

woman admiring eastern architecture

Woman Admiring Eastern Architecture

orange pumpkin pile close up

Orange Pumpkin Pile Close Up

white crane in water walking forward

White Crane In Water Walking Forward

sunset on a large crane and big sky

Sunset On A Large Crane And Big Sky

oceanside town at sunset

Oceanside Town At Sunset

wet pavement reflects a building and city night lights

Wet Pavement Reflects A Building And City Night Lights

person looks up towards beautiful architecture

Person Looks Up Towards Beautiful Architecture

the mehrangarh fort and museum

The Mehrangarh Fort and Museum

red tailed hawk bird of prey

Red Tailed Hawk Bird Of Prey

orange tide rolls into shore

Orange Tide Rolls Into Shore

waterfall through a lush green forest

Waterfall Through A Lush Green Forest

waterside rock with icicles

Waterside Rock With Icicles

sandy seaweed

Sandy Seaweed

abstract image of lime green and pink marbling

Abstract Image Of Lime Green And Pink Marbling

roasted coffee beans on white fabric

Roasted Coffee Beans On White Fabric

person with fishing rod of mossy green rocks

Person With Fishing Rod Of Mossy Green Rocks

colored pencils lines up on a black background

Colored Pencils Lines Up On A Black Background

off the beaten path in fall season

Off The Beaten Path In Fall Season

clay temple rooftop

Clay Temple Rooftop

snowy mountains and a winding dirt road

Snowy Mountains And A Winding Dirt Road

blue wavy water of a swimming pool

Blue Wavy Water Of A Swimming Pool

tree banches cast shadows on a building wall

Tree Banches Cast Shadows On A Building Wall

ominous building seen from below

Ominous Building Seen From Below

Sunrises On Snow Covered Mountains Towards Frosty Hills

Sunrises On Snow Covered Mountains Towards Frosty Hills

red and gold squares hang from the ceiling

Red And Gold Squares Hang From The Ceiling

hand placed on flower petals

Hand Placed On Flower Petals

sunflower fills center of a frame

Sunflower Fills Center Of A Frame

small bird sits on a bare tree branch

Small Bird Sits On A Bare Tree Branch

view of the forest floor

View Of The Forest Floor

looking through stone archway with benches

Looking Through Stone Archway With Benches

building made of white intricate archways

Building Made Of White Intricate Archways

sunlight illuminates rich fall colors

Sunlight Illuminates Rich Fall Colors

wavy water and choppy waves at golden hour

Wavy Water And Choppy Waves At Golden Hour

abstract image of purple and blue marbling color

Abstract Image Of Purple And Blue Marbling Color

close up of variegated leaves

Close Up Of Variegated Leaves

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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.