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.

turquoise brick wall texture

Turquoise Brick Wall Texture


red ornaments on white snow

Red Ornaments On White Snow


purple and red ink pool on white

Purple And Red Ink Pool On White


iphone photography landscape

iPhone Photography Landscape


coffee spelled in coffee

Coffee Spelled In Coffee


yellow ink with black drops

Yellow Ink With Black Drops


nature elk wildlife adventure mountains

Nature Elk Wildlife Adventure Mountains


white linear angled architecture

White Linear Angled Architecture


new york city buildings and water towers

New York City Buildings And Water Towers


santa hat on woodgrain

Santa Hat On Woodgrain


pink and black ink drop

Pink And Black Ink Drop


sunset waves

Sunset Waves


canyon sky landscape

Canyon Sky Landscape


San Francisco Nights


urban buildings with traffic

Urban Buildings With Traffic


prairie woman at sunset

Prairie Woman At Sunset


Sunset Behind Golden Gate Bridge


teal ink with red drops

Teal Ink With Red Drops


mountain landscape with river

Mountain Landscape With River


african safari sunset

African Safari Sunset


yellow and purple ink with green

Yellow And Purple Ink With Green


pink spring blossoms

Pink Spring Blossoms


mossy cliffs by glacier springs

Mossy Cliffs By Glacier Springs


scenic mountain landscape

Scenic Mountain Landscape


dreamy clouds

Dreamy Clouds


mountain wanderlust

Mountain Wanderlust


warm sunny palmtrees

Warm Sunny Palmtrees


dried winter wildflowers

Dried winter Wildflowers


hiking though giants

Hiking Though Giants


celebrate carnival background

Celebrate Carnival Background


boat on water iphone wallpaper

Boat On Water iPhone Wallpaper


open road at sunset

Open Road At Sunset


beach waves through trees

Beach Waves Through Trees


colorful party plates

Colorful Party Plates


city sunset smoke

City Sunset Smoke


wildflowers

Wildflowers


fresh oranges pile

Fresh Oranges Pile


spain mountains

Spain Mountains


tropical waterfall

Tropical Waterfall


purple and green ink from side

Purple And Green Ink From Side


purple ink with green and black drops

Purple Ink With Green And Black Drops


tree hugger

Tree Hugger


purple ink cloud with black drops

Purple Ink Cloud With Black Drops


scales of justice

Scales Of Justice


snow monkey in japan

Snow Monkey In Japan


autumn trees & hillside

Autumn Trees & Hillside


tent at fields edge

Tent At Fields Edge


rustic old book open at centre

Rustic Old Book Open At Centre


woman in prairie fields

Woman in Prairie Fields


tropical beach

Tropical Beach


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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.