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.

a waterfall cascades down the side of a large cliff

A Waterfall Cascades Down The Side Of A Large Cliff

a green teapot and teabags leaning on it

A Green Teapot And Teabags Leaning On It

two silhouettes of people fishing at sunset

Two Silhouettes Of People Fishing At Sunset

top view of a green teapot on a pink background

Top View Of A Green Teapot On A Pink Background

small bird sits on a bare tree branch

Small Bird Sits On A Bare Tree Branch

texture of a green leaf very close up

Texture Of A Green Leaf Very Close Up

roofs tops overlooking a packed city

Roofs Tops Overlooking A Packed City

sunsets over distant trees and the water

Sunsets Over Distant Trees And The Water

small bundle of wheat on a blue background

Small Bundle Of Wheat On A Blue Background

curved metal and glass window

Curved Metal And Glass Window

rolling hills lead to a road lined with trees

Rolling Hills Lead To A Road Lined With Trees

beautiful landscape of soft pastel grassy hills

Beautiful Landscape Of Soft Pastel Grassy Hills

lush forest on a foggy day

Lush Forest On A Foggy Day

portrait of textured of large green leaves

Portrait Of Textured Of Large Green Leaves

two people on a roof together taking in the sunset

Two People On A Roof Together Taking In The Sunset

sharp colored pencils lined up in a row

Sharp Colored Pencils Lined Up In A Row

Small Wooden Structures In A Brown Grassy Field

Small Wooden Structures In A Brown Grassy Field

top of fern branches against black

Top Of Fern Branches Against Black

farmland landscape with pointy tall trees

Farmland Landscape With Pointy Tall Trees

cement circles line the wall under an overpass

Cement Circles Line The Wall Under An Overpass

lighthouse on rocks overlooks water

Lighthouse On Rocks Overlooks Water

blue terry cloth towel

Blue Terry Cloth Towel

snow covered mountains reflect on the water by a fall forest

Snow Covered Mountains Reflect On The Water By A Fall Forest

paved road bends with red rocky hills in the background

Paved Road Bends With Red Rocky Hills In The Background

view of the coast on a clear day

View Of The Coast On A Clear Day

two trees submerged in the lakes water

Two Trees Submerged In The Lakes Water

sunlight creates shadows from an overpass

Sunlight Creates Shadows From An Overpass

colorful candy eggs against a white background

Colorful Candy Eggs Against A White Background

top view of a teapot against a grey background

Top View Of A Teapot Against A Grey Background

hands reach for each other against a painted wall

Hands Reach For Each Other Against A Painted Wall

Quiet Wooden Farm With Low Clouds

Quiet Wooden Farm With Low Clouds

off center vivid floral arrangement

Off Center Vivid Floral Arrangement

orange light rays over boastline at sunset

Orange Light Rays Over Boastline At Sunset

beneath a freeway angled raised roads

Beneath A Freeway Angled Raised Roads

a duck takes in the setting sun on the water

A Duck Takes In The Setting Sun On The Water

stream meets the sea at sunset

Stream Meets The Sea At Sunset

pond on a mountain range reflecting the mountain view

Pond On A Mountain Range Reflecting The Mountain View

cliffs form shadows by the sea

Cliffs Form Shadows By The Sea

view of the forest floor

View Of The Forest Floor

texture of large green leaves in shadows

Texture Of Large Green Leaves In Shadows

wavy water creating pattern in swimming pool

Wavy Water Creating Pattern In Swimming Pool

aerial view of lake surrounded by mountains

Aerial View Of Lake Surrounded By Mountains

sumac tree against a clear blue sky

Sumac Tree Against A Clear Blue Sky

colored pencils lines up on a black background

Colored Pencils Lines Up On A Black Background

lighthouse peaks over a cliff at sunset

Lighthouse Peaks Over A Cliff At Sunset

outdoor swimming pool with tall trees behind it

Outdoor Swimming Pool With Tall Trees Behind It

under a bridge with patterned shadows

Under A Bridge With Patterned Shadows

close up of a green plant in the night

Close Up Of A Green Plant In The Night

wooden calendar sits on a white background

Wooden Calendar Sits On A White Background

ends of colored pencils lines up

Ends Of Colored Pencils Lines Up

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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.