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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rolling hills lead to a road lined with trees

Rolling Hills Lead To A Road Lined With Trees

blurry abstract photo of glass bottles

Blurry Abstract Photo Of Glass Bottles

tiny pumpkins big orange image

Tiny Pumpkins Big Orange Image

pistachio nuts macro

Pistachio Nuts Macro

orange tide rolls into shore

Orange Tide Rolls Into Shore

sunset by rural roads

Sunset By Rural Roads

waterfall through a lush green forest

Waterfall Through A Lush Green Forest

paved road bends with red rocky hills in the background

Paved Road Bends With Red Rocky Hills In The Background

yellow wall with a section of exposed brick

Yellow Wall With A Section Of Exposed Brick

roasted coffee beans on white fabric

Roasted Coffee Beans On White Fabric

dirt road runds through green trees drone

Dirt Road Runds Through Green Trees Drone

sunset on a large crane and big sky

Sunset On A Large Crane And Big Sky

purple and green leaves against black

Purple And Green Leaves Against Black

distant snowy mountains behind a clear blue lake

Distant Snowy Mountains Behind A Clear Blue Lake

purple and white marbling abstract view

Purple And White Marbling Abstract View

The Last Rays Of Sunlight Disappear Behind Hills

The Last Rays Of Sunlight Disappear Behind Hills

aged sports field risers

Aged Sports Field Risers

black microphone set against a pink background

Black Microphone Set Against A Pink Background

a green triangle and an orange triangle on paper

A Green Triangle And An Orange Triangle On Paper

beautiful landscape of soft pastel grassy hills

Beautiful Landscape Of Soft Pastel Grassy Hills

italian cliffs

Italian Cliffs

macintosh apple trees in orchard

Macintosh Apple Trees In Orchard

off center vivid floral bouquet in clear vase

Off Center Vivid Floral Bouquet In Clear Vase

Sunrises On Snow Covered Mountains Towards Frosty Hills

Sunrises On Snow Covered Mountains Towards Frosty Hills

queen anns lace texture

Queen Anns Lace Texture

get started today sign on dark wood

Get Started Today Sign On Dark Wood

broken stem in dry field

Broken Stem In Dry Field

top view of a teapot against a grey background

Top View Of A Teapot Against A Grey Background

red and white hearts scattered on pink surface

Red And White Hearts Scattered On Pink Surface

waterside rock with icicles

Waterside Rock With Icicles

church tower in china

Church Tower In China

icy lake and snowy mountain tops

Icy Lake And Snowy Mountain Tops

branches with spring blossoms frame a mountian view

Branches With Spring Blossoms Frame A Mountian View

picture perfect trees

Picture Perfect Trees

stone walkway with trees and a view

Stone Walkway With Trees And A View

blue sky clouds and a yellow building

Blue Sky Clouds And A Yellow Building

white house covered in vines

White House Covered In Vines

sunsets over distant trees and the water

Sunsets Over Distant Trees And The Water

curved metal and glass window

Curved Metal And Glass Window

pink petals with water droplets close up

Pink Petals With Water Droplets Close Up

handcrafted goodness sign on marble

Handcrafted Goodness SIgn On Marble

aerial image of green forest treetops

Aerial Image of Green Forest Treetops

two trees submerged in the lakes water

Two Trees Submerged In The Lakes Water

sunset on open water

Sunset On Open Water

lush forest on a foggy day

Lush Forest On A Foggy Day

hand placed on flower petals

Hand Placed On Flower Petals

ripe pineapple sits against a blue background

Ripe Pineapple Sits Against A Blue Background

film reel catches light tangled on a white surface

Film Reel Catches Light Tangled On A White Surface

top view of a green teapot on a pink background

Top View Of A Green Teapot On A Pink Background

yellow wall with lines and a white sign saying summer

Yellow Wall With Lines And A White Sign Saying Summer

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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.