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.

big marble alcove with flowerly inlay

Big Marble Alcove With Flowerly Inlay

lighthouse on the coastside

Lighthouse On The Coastside

white house covered in vines

White House Covered In Vines

person stands by tall orange wall and looks up

Person Stands By Tall Orange Wall And Looks Up

close up of a daisy with yellow center

Close Up Of A Daisy With Yellow Center

building made of white intricate archways

Building Made Of White Intricate Archways

person looks up towards beautiful architecture

Person Looks Up Towards Beautiful Architecture

lush forest on a foggy day

Lush Forest On A Foggy Day

cn tower against the blue toronto sky

CN Tower Against The Blue Toronto Sky

tree silhouetted against a white sky

Tree Silhouetted Against A White Sky

a duck takes in the setting sun on the water

A Duck Takes In The Setting Sun On The Water

hazy ocean views

Hazy Ocean Views

branches with spring blossoms frame a mountian view

Branches With Spring Blossoms Frame A Mountian View

roof tops at sunset in an industrial setting

Roof Tops At Sunset In An Industrial Setting

beautiful landscape of soft pastel grassy hills

Beautiful Landscape Of Soft Pastel Grassy Hills

sunlight creates shadows from an overpass

Sunlight Creates Shadows From An Overpass

two trees submerged in the lakes water

Two Trees Submerged In The Lakes Water

the berlin tower at twilight

The Berlin Tower At Twilight

soft pink flower petals against white

Soft Pink Flower Petals Against White

lighthouse on rocks overlooks water

Lighthouse On Rocks Overlooks Water

roof top with red brick on clear day

Roof Top With Red Brick On Clear Day

white horses in a lush forest

White Horses In A Lush Forest

large cloudy sky overlooking water and islands

Large Cloudy Sky Overlooking Water And Islands

view of a marina and an island airport

View Of A Marina And An Island Airport

a lake side view of rocky mountains

A Lake Side View Of Rocky Mountains

red vintage car parked by brick wall

Red Vintage Car Parked By Brick Wall

aqua blue river surrounded by trees

Aqua Blue River Surrounded By Trees

berlin at sunset on a clear day

Berlin At Sunset On A Clear Day

lighthouse peaks at sunset

Lighthouse Peaks At Sunset

pathway upwards on a steep cliff

Pathway Upwards On A Steep Cliff

mountains create valley shaped frame

Mountains Create Valley Shaped Frame

cement circles line the wall under an overpass

Cement Circles Line The Wall Under An Overpass

pond on a mountain range reflecting the mountain view

Pond On A Mountain Range Reflecting The Mountain View

two people on a roof together taking in the sunset

Two People On A Roof Together Taking In The Sunset

aerial view of a green forest

Aerial View Of A Green Forest

rocky coast line meets ocean waves

Rocky Coast Line Meets Ocean Waves

calm water laps the shoreline

Calm Water Laps The Shoreline

under a bridge with patterned shadows

Under A Bridge With Patterned Shadows

view through moss covered mountains

View Through Moss Covered Mountains

rustic tropical coastline

Rustic Tropical Coastline

person in orange sits on dock

Person In Orange Sits On Dock

misty ocean coast with crashing waves

Misty Ocean Coast With Crashing Waves

mountain top view over range

Mountain Top View Over Range

rocky hill top reflects mountains in a pool of water

Rocky Hill Top Reflects Mountains In A Pool Of Water

fall leaves create ripples in water

Fall Leaves Create Ripples In Water

person sits and takes in the rocky mountain view

Person Sits And Takes In The Rocky Mountain View

sunsets over still water at shore

Sunsets Over Still Water At Shore

two ropes crossing over on the water

Two Ropes Crossing Over On The Water

hikers on a red sandy desert hill

Hikers On A Red Sandy Desert Hill

water creates glass texture on city street

Water Creates Glass Texture On City Street

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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.