HD Background photos and images

Browse through our database 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.

new york city buildings and water towers

New York City Buildings And Water Towers


celebrate carnival background

Celebrate Carnival Background


textured rainbow

Textured Rainbow


sunset waves

Sunset Waves


canyon sky landscape

Canyon Sky Landscape


light pink gerbera daisy

Light Pink Gerbera Daisy


fall leaves in fallen tree

Fall Leaves In Fallen Tree


field of daisies

Field Of Daisies


white linear angled architecture

White Linear Angled Architecture


sunset behind golden gate bridge

Sunset Behind Golden Gate Bridge


hearts on woodgrain

Hearts On Woodgrain


red ornaments on white snow

Red Ornaments On White Snow


san francisco nights

San Francisco Nights


purple and green ink lines

Purple And Green Ink Lines


nature elk wildlife adventure mountains

Nature Elk Wildlife Adventure Mountains


dreamy clouds

Dreamy Clouds


purple and red ink pool on white

Purple And Red Ink Pool On White


trees standing tall with blue sky iphone wallpaper

Trees Standing Tall With Blue Sky iPhone Wallpaper


open road at sunset

Open Road At Sunset


urban buildings with traffic

Urban Buildings With Traffic


mountain landscape with river

Mountain Landscape With River


yellow ink with black drops

Yellow Ink With Black Drops


mossy cliffs by glacier springs

Mossy Cliffs By Glacier Springs


tree hugger

Tree Hugger


coffee spelled in coffee

Coffee Spelled In Coffee


autumn trees & hillside

Autumn Trees & Hillside


scales of justice

Scales Of Justice


spain mountains

Spain Mountains


scenic mountain landscape

Scenic Mountain Landscape


warm sunny palmtrees

Warm Sunny Palmtrees


pink and black ink drop

Pink And Black Ink Drop


teal ink with red drops

Teal Ink With Red Drops


santa hat on woodgrain

Santa Hat On Woodgrain


tent at fields edge

Tent At Fields Edge


colorful party plates

Colorful Party Plates


tropical beach

Tropical Beach


dried winter wildflowers

Dried winter Wildflowers


tropical waterfall

Tropical Waterfall


mountain wanderlust

Mountain Wanderlust


yellow and purple ink with green

Yellow And Purple Ink With Green


snow monkey in japan

Snow Monkey In Japan


fresh oranges pile

Fresh Oranges Pile


woman in prairie fields

Woman in Prairie Fields


pink spring blossoms

Pink Spring Blossoms


rustic old book open at centre

Rustic Old Book Open At Centre


wildflowers

Wildflowers


photographer hiking iceland flats

Photographer Hiking Iceland Flats


mountains in colombia

Mountains In Colombia


mountain peak through trees

Mountain Peak Through Trees


tall field plant growth

Tall Field Plant Growth


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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 wonā€™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. Itā€™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 youā€™re not using a pattern, youā€™ll want to make sure the image isnā€™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 itā€™s best if theyā€™re simple, clean and patterned. Even if the pattern isnā€™t design-oriented, youā€™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 - weā€™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.