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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building made of white intricate archways

Building Made Of White Intricate Archways

patterns from in antelope canyon

Patterns From In Antelope Canyon

wavy water and choppy waves at golden hour

Wavy Water And Choppy Waves At Golden Hour

ends of colored pencils lines up

Ends Of Colored Pencils Lines Up

large ornate church doorway and pillars

Large Ornate Church Doorway And Pillars

yellow and blue patterned paper background

Yellow And Blue Patterned Paper Background

rolling hills lead to a road lined with trees

Rolling Hills Lead To A Road Lined With Trees

close up of variegated leaves

Close Up Of Variegated Leaves

half blue half green background with earrings and a ring

Half Blue Half Green Background With Earrings And A Ring

branches with spring blossoms frame a mountian view

Branches With Spring Blossoms Frame A Mountian View

curved metal and glass window

Curved Metal And Glass Window

abstract photo of red marbling into white

Abstract Photo Of Red Marbling Into White

Quiet Wooden Farm With Low Clouds

Quiet Wooden Farm With Low Clouds

observation deck of cn tower

Observation Deck Of CN Tower

icy lake and snowy mountain tops

Icy Lake And Snowy Mountain Tops

get started today sign on stone

Get Started Today Sign On Stone

hidden mountain paradise

Hidden Mountain Paradise

colorful chocolate candy easter eggs on white

Colorful Chocolate Candy Easter Eggs On White

maple branch & buds

Maple Branch & Buds

person stands by tall orange wall and looks up

Person Stands By Tall Orange Wall And Looks Up

colored pencils scattered shown from above

Colored Pencils Scattered Shown From Above

two silhouettes of people fishing at sunset

Two Silhouettes Of People Fishing At Sunset

textured channels in dry sand

Textured Channels In Dry Sand

top view of a teapot against a grey background

Top View Of A Teapot Against A Grey Background

white sign says summer against a yellow curved wall

White Sign Says Summer Against A Yellow Curved Wall

a camel is lead by yellow lead

A Camel Is Lead By Yellow Lead

white house covered in vines

White House Covered In Vines

two trees submerged in the lakes water

Two Trees Submerged In The Lakes Water

beautiful landscape of soft pastel grassy hills

Beautiful Landscape Of Soft Pastel Grassy Hills

white flowing sheet outdoors with a wooden stool in front of it

White Flowing Sheet Outdoors With A Wooden Stool In Front Of It

paved road bends with red rocky hills in the background

Paved Road Bends With Red Rocky Hills In The Background

Small Colored Birds Perched On Bare Tree Branches

Small Colored Birds Perched On Bare Tree Branches

film reel taggled against a white background

Film Reel Taggled Against A White Background

distant snowy mountains behind a clear blue lake

Distant Snowy Mountains Behind A Clear Blue Lake

healthy as an ox

Healthy As An Ox

cellphone floats above a yellow background

Cellphone Floats Above A Yellow Background

sunset on open water

Sunset On Open Water

lifeguard chair on an empty beach

Lifeguard Chair On An Empty Beach

a person swimming lanes in outdoor pool by tall trees

A Person Swimming Lanes In Outdoor Pool By Tall Trees

close up of the pocket of lite blue jeans

Close Up of The Pocket of Lite Blue Jeans

water treatment plant from above

Water Treatment Plant From Above

close up of lite blue jean fabric

Close Up of Lite Blue Jean Fabric

off center vivid floral bouquet in clear vase

Off Center Vivid Floral Bouquet In Clear Vase

blurry abstract photo of glass bottles

Blurry Abstract Photo Of Glass Bottles

aerial view of water treatment plant

Aerial View Of Water Treatment Plant

abstract triangles of red orange and blue

Abstract Triangles Of Red Orange And Blue

two slices of orange lay on a sunlit cutting board

Two Slices Of Orange Lay On A Sunlit Cutting Board

low tide seaside rocks

Low Tide Seaside Rocks

sumac tree against a clear blue sky

Sumac Tree Against A Clear Blue Sky

abstract image of three triangles of color

Abstract Image Of Three Triangles Of Color

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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.