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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cellphone floats above a yellow background

Cellphone Floats Above A Yellow Background

red paint brush on textured background

Red Paint Brush On Textured Background

close up of a small yellow flower with small petals

Close Up Of A Small Yellow Flower With Small Petals

sunset splashing over rocks

Sunset Splashing Over Rocks

rocky shores of oregon usa

Rocky Shores Of Oregon Usa

branches in bog

Branches In Bog

two trees submerged in the lakes water

Two Trees Submerged In The Lakes Water

sunset against a city with hills in the background

Sunset Against A City With Hills In The Background

hands work on a glass mosaic to left side of frame

Hands Work On A Glass Mosaic To Left Side Of Frame

helicopter flying over portland

Helicopter Flying Over Portland

picturesque tide rolling below a sunset

Picturesque Tide Rolling Below A Sunset

sunlight creeps into antelope canyon

Sunlight Creeps Into Antelope Canyon

three rocks and a road

Three Rocks And A Road

soccer field with hillside landscape

Soccer Field With Hillside Landscape

wavy water and choppy waves at golden hour

Wavy Water And Choppy Waves At Golden Hour

blue wavy water of a swimming pool

Blue Wavy Water Of A Swimming Pool

silhouettes of two people splashing on the beach

Silhouettes Of Two People Splashing On The Beach

white wagtail catches an insect

White Wagtail Catches An Insect

reflections in front of place of worship

Reflections In Front Of Place Of Worship

deep blue sky over lighthouse

Deep Blue Sky Over Lighthouse

white crane in water side profile

White Crane In Water Side Profile

long wooden pier on blue ocean

Long Wooden Pier On Blue Ocean

twin condo towers

Twin Condo Towers

beacon nestled at the edge of a cliff

Beacon Nestled At The Edge Of A Cliff

side of a building with silver doors

Side Of A Building With Silver Doors

carved marble arched doorway

Carved Marble Arched Doorway

pineapple with aviator sunglasses

Pineapple With Aviator Sunglasses

small wild white flowers on sunny day

Small Wild White Flowers On Sunny Day

wet pavement reflects a building and city night lights

Wet Pavement Reflects A Building And City Night Lights

end of a rivers journey

End Of A Rivers Journey

sunlight illuminates rich fall colors

Sunlight Illuminates Rich Fall Colors

view of the forest floor

View Of The Forest Floor

snowy mountain view

Snowy Mountain View

autumn harvest pumpkins and gourds

Autumn Harvest Pumpkins And Gourds

colourful light creates bokeh

Colourful Light Creates Bokeh

lines of trees in snow

Lines Of Trees In Snow

close up of fern fronds

Close Up Of Fern Fronds

cascade of hydrangea blossoms

Cascade Of Hydrangea Blossoms

rustic old window in a stone building

Rustic Old Window In A Stone Building

branches with spring blossoms frame a mountian view

Branches With Spring Blossoms Frame A Mountian View

led lights glow on ferris wheel

LED Lights Glow On Ferris Wheel

basketball court hoop shadow

Basketball Court Hoop Shadow

a camel is lead by yellow lead

A Camel Is Lead By Yellow Lead

colored pencils scattered on pink and blue balls

Colored Pencils Scattered On Pink And Blue Balls

dried sunflower field

Dried Sunflower Field

cone of leaves

Cone Of Leaves

blank chalkboard sits in green ivy

Blank Chalkboard Sits In Green Ivy

top view of a teapot against a grey background

Top View Of A Teapot Against A Grey Background

tourist views seaside

Tourist Views Seaside

window cleaners

Window Cleaners

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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.