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


popcicle

Popcicle


african safari sunset

African Safari Sunset


spilled milk on blue

Spilled Milk On Blue


black balloon on yellow

Black Balloon On Yellow


dog phone background

Dog Phone Background


brick street under urban bridge

Brick Street Under Urban Bridge


textured rainbow

Textured Rainbow


beakers for science with water

Beakers For Science With Water


geometric glass city architecture

Geometric Glass City Architecture


snow monkey in japan

Snow Monkey In Japan


layered plant leaves iphone wallpaper

Layered Plant Leaves iPhone Wallpaper


city behind greenery

City Behind Greenery


turquoise brick wall texture

Turquoise Brick Wall Texture


colourful lights through frozen texture

Colourful Lights Through Frozen Texture


fashionable man by textured wall

Fashionable Man By Textured Wall


san francisco nights

San Francisco Nights


long highway in arizona desert

Long Highway In Arizona Desert


fall leaves in fallen tree

Fall Leaves In Fallen Tree


sunset waves

Sunset Waves


open road at sunset

Open Road At Sunset


looking up at trees

Looking Up At Trees


scales of justice

Scales Of Justice


tent at fields edge

Tent At Fields Edge


spain mountains

Spain Mountains


woman in prairie fields

Woman in Prairie Fields


thailand beach

Thailand Beach


scenic mountain landscape

Scenic Mountain Landscape


pink lilies in bloom

Pink Lilies In Bloom


mint green and red ink drop

Mint Green And Red Ink Drop


tropical waterfall

Tropical Waterfall


colorful party plates

Colorful Party Plates


long view of new york city

Long View Of New York City


pride dog

Pride Dog


mountain landscape with river

Mountain Landscape With River


warm sunny palmtrees

Warm Sunny Palmtrees


urban street in morning

Urban Street In Morning


bicycle in the garden

Bicycle In The Garden


red ornaments on white snow

Red Ornaments On White Snow


sphere of glowing street lights in night sky

Sphere Of Glowing Street Lights In Night Sky


sunset behind golden gate bridge

Sunset Behind Golden Gate Bridge


coffee spelled in coffee

Coffee Spelled In Coffee


nature elk wildlife adventure mountains

Nature Elk Wildlife Adventure Mountains


tropical beach

Tropical Beach


iceland farm horse

Iceland Farm Horse


tall field plant growth

Tall Field Plant Growth


medium close up of cherry blossoms and fresh spring leaves

Medium Close Up Of Cherry Blossoms And Fresh Spring Leaves


field of daisies

Field Of Daisies


red rose with dew drops

Red Rose With Dew Drops


standing at waterfalls edge

Standing At Waterfalls Edge


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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.