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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curved metal and glass window

Curved Metal And Glass Window

icy lake and snowy mountain tops

Icy Lake And Snowy Mountain Tops

water treatment plant from above

Water Treatment Plant From Above

blue and pink background with earrings in a line

Blue And Pink Background With Earrings In A Line

person stands by tall orange wall and looks up

Person Stands By Tall Orange Wall And Looks Up

patterns from in antelope canyon

Patterns From In Antelope Canyon

brick building with pillars

Brick Building With Pillars

blue wavy water of a swimming pool

Blue Wavy Water Of A Swimming Pool

a camel is lead by yellow lead

A Camel Is Lead By Yellow Lead

two silhouettes of people fishing at sunset

Two Silhouettes Of People Fishing At Sunset

top view of a teapot against a grey background

Top View Of A Teapot Against A Grey Background

view of the forest floor

View Of The Forest Floor

wavy water and choppy waves at golden hour

Wavy Water And Choppy Waves At Golden Hour

Small Colored Birds Perched On Bare Tree Branches

Small Colored Birds Perched On Bare Tree Branches

building made of white intricate archways

Building Made Of White Intricate Archways

top view of a green teapot on a pink background

Top View Of A Green Teapot On A Pink Background

white house covered in vines

White House Covered In Vines

ocean meets rocky peninsula

Ocean Meets Rocky Peninsula

marbling of vibrant pink and purple colors

Marbling Of Vibrant Pink And Purple Colors

colorful chocolate candy easter eggs on white

Colorful Chocolate Candy Easter Eggs On White

town on the water on a clear night

Town On The Water On A Clear Night

red and gold squares hang from the ceiling

Red And Gold Squares Hang From The Ceiling

worn wood texture close up

Worn Wood Texture Close Up

beautiful landscape of soft pastel grassy hills

Beautiful Landscape Of Soft Pastel Grassy Hills

tide rushes into shore on hazy morning

Tide Rushes Into Shore On Hazy Morning

ends of colored pencils lines up

Ends Of Colored Pencils Lines Up

reaching bridge over water and mountians

Reaching Bridge Over Water And Mountians

healthy as an ox

Healthy As An Ox

sunset on open water

Sunset On Open Water

lifeguard chair on an empty beach

Lifeguard Chair On An Empty Beach

Quiet Wooden Farm With Low Clouds

Quiet Wooden Farm With Low Clouds

sheet metal roof in urban china

Sheet Metal Roof In Urban China

a waterfall cascades down the side of a large cliff

A Waterfall Cascades Down The Side Of A Large Cliff

off center vivid floral bouquet in clear vase

Off Center Vivid Floral Bouquet In Clear Vase

distant snowy mountains behind a clear blue lake

Distant Snowy Mountains Behind A Clear Blue Lake

a person swimming lanes in outdoor pool by tall trees

A Person Swimming Lanes In Outdoor Pool By Tall Trees

detailed fern leaves close up

Detailed Fern Leaves Close Up

numbers and letters on an orange background

Numbers And Letters On An Orange Background

paved road bends with red rocky hills in the background

Paved Road Bends With Red Rocky Hills In The Background

half pink half blue background with stud earrings in a row

Half Pink Half Blue Background With Stud Earrings In A Row

sunsets over distant trees and the water

Sunsets Over Distant Trees And The Water

flamingos standing in water with mountains in distance

Flamingos Standing In Water With Mountains In Distance

black cellphone floats above pink background

Black Cellphone Floats Above Pink Background

a hand holding a mobile phone while looking at photos

A Hand Holding A Mobile Phone While Looking At Photos

cheery blossom flowers from below

Cheery Blossom Flowers From Below

ripe red strawberries in a white bowl

Ripe Red Strawberries In A White Bowl

cement circles line the wall under an overpass

Cement Circles Line The Wall Under An Overpass

a duck takes in the setting sun on the water

A Duck Takes In The Setting Sun On The Water

low tide rock formations

Low Tide Rock Formations

modern residential building under bright sun

Modern Residential Building Under Bright Sun

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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.