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.

mossy cliffs by glacier springs

Mossy Cliffs By Glacier Springs


sunset waves

Sunset Waves


turquoise brick wall texture

Turquoise Brick Wall Texture


snow monkey in japan

Snow Monkey In Japan


san francisco nights

San Francisco Nights


long view of new york city

Long View Of New York City


urban street in morning

Urban Street In Morning


tent at fields edge

Tent At Fields Edge


pink lilies in bloom

Pink Lilies In Bloom


mint green and red ink drop

Mint Green And Red Ink Drop


open road at sunset

Open Road At Sunset


scenic mountain landscape

Scenic Mountain Landscape


scales of justice

Scales Of Justice


dreamy clouds

Dreamy Clouds


sunset behind golden gate bridge

Sunset Behind Golden Gate Bridge


spain mountains

Spain Mountains


field of daisies

Field Of Daisies


colorful party plates

Colorful Party Plates


bicycle in the garden

Bicycle In The Garden


tropical waterfall

Tropical Waterfall


antelope canyon sunbeams

Antelope Canyon Sunbeams


mountain landscape with river

Mountain Landscape With River


light pink gerbera daisy

Light Pink Gerbera Daisy


photographer hiking iceland flats

Photographer Hiking Iceland Flats


warm sunny palmtrees

Warm Sunny Palmtrees


standing at waterfalls edge

Standing At Waterfalls Edge


towering new york building from above

Towering New York Building From Above


cute phone wallpaper

Cute Phone Wallpaper


red ornaments on white snow

Red Ornaments On White Snow


woman in prairie fields

Woman in Prairie Fields


tropical beach

Tropical Beach


wildflowers reaching for sun

Wildflowers Reaching For Sun


nature elk wildlife adventure mountains

Nature Elk Wildlife Adventure Mountains


new york city buildings and water towers

New York City Buildings And Water Towers


tall field plant growth

Tall Field Plant Growth


mountains in colombia

Mountains In Colombia


iphone photography golden gate bridge

iPhone Photography Golden Gate Bridge


white linear angled architecture

White Linear Angled Architecture


trees standing tall with blue sky iphone wallpaper

Trees Standing Tall With Blue Sky iPhone Wallpaper


yellow ink with black drops

Yellow Ink With Black Drops


purple and green ink lines

Purple And Green Ink Lines


purple and red ink pool on white

Purple And Red Ink Pool On White


coffee spelled in coffee

Coffee Spelled In Coffee


wildflowers

Wildflowers


santa hat on woodgrain

Santa Hat On Woodgrain


urban buildings with traffic

Urban Buildings With Traffic


paint brushes, palette & canvas

Paint Brushes, Palette & Canvas


iceland farm horse

Iceland Farm Horse


medium close up of cherry blossoms and fresh spring leaves

Medium Close Up Of Cherry Blossoms And Fresh Spring Leaves


red rose with dew drops

Red Rose With Dew Drops


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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.