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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white crane head closeup

White Crane Head Closeup

get started today sign on dark wood

Get Started Today Sign On Dark Wood

Sunrises On Snow Covered Mountains Towards Frosty Hills

Sunrises On Snow Covered Mountains Towards Frosty Hills

top view of a teapot against a grey background

Top View Of A Teapot Against A Grey Background

steaming winter water under train bridge

Steaming Winter Water Under Train Bridge

waterfall through a lush green forest

Waterfall Through A Lush Green Forest

handcrafted goodness sign on marble

Handcrafted Goodness SIgn On Marble

wavy water and choppy waves at golden hour

Wavy Water And Choppy Waves At Golden Hour

white crane in water walking forward

White Crane In Water Walking Forward

colored pencils scattered shown from above

Colored Pencils Scattered Shown From Above

cellphone floats above a yellow background

Cellphone Floats Above A Yellow Background

sunflower fills center of a frame

Sunflower Fills Center Of A Frame

waterside rock with icicles

Waterside Rock With Icicles

a person swimming lanes in outdoor pool by tall trees

A Person Swimming Lanes In Outdoor Pool By Tall Trees

close up of lite blue jean fabric

Close Up of Lite Blue Jean Fabric

two slices of orange lay on a sunlit cutting board

Two Slices Of Orange Lay On A Sunlit Cutting Board

distant snowy mountains behind a clear blue lake

Distant Snowy Mountains Behind A Clear Blue Lake

tree banches cast shadows on a building wall

Tree Banches Cast Shadows On A Building Wall

water tower at camp

Water Tower At Camp

The Last Rays Of Sunlight Disappear Behind Hills

The Last Rays Of Sunlight Disappear Behind Hills

sandy seaweed

Sandy Seaweed

hand placed on flower petals

Hand Placed On Flower Petals

rolling hills lead to a road lined with trees

Rolling Hills Lead To A Road Lined With Trees

branches with spring blossoms frame a mountian view

Branches With Spring Blossoms Frame A Mountian View

haystack rock oregon coast

Haystack Rock Oregon Coast

white house covered in vines

White House Covered In Vines

film reel taggled against a white background

Film Reel Taggled Against A White Background

sumac tree against a clear blue sky

Sumac Tree Against A Clear Blue Sky

icy lake and snowy mountain tops

Icy Lake And Snowy Mountain Tops

stone walkway with trees and a view

Stone Walkway With Trees And A View

half blue and half pink photo with earrings lined up

Half Blue And Half Pink Photo With Earrings Lined Up

a camel is lead by yellow lead

A Camel Is Lead By Yellow Lead

paved road bends with red rocky hills in the background

Paved Road Bends With Red Rocky Hills In The Background

beautiful landscape of soft pastel grassy hills

Beautiful Landscape Of Soft Pastel Grassy Hills

oceanside town at sunset

Oceanside Town At Sunset

red tailed hawk bird of prey

Red Tailed Hawk Bird Of Prey

blue whale jumps out of the ocean

Blue Whale Jumps Out Of The Ocean

yellow petals covered in yellow bokeh light

Yellow Petals Covered In Yellow Bokeh Light

curved metal and glass window

Curved Metal And Glass Window

large ornate church doorway and pillars

Large Ornate Church Doorway And Pillars

pink and red marbling abstract view

Pink And Red Marbling Abstract View

abstract photo of orange and green marbling

Abstract Photo Of Orange And Green Marbling

top view of a green teapot on a pink background

Top View Of A Green Teapot On A Pink Background

off center vivid floral bouquet in clear vase

Off Center Vivid Floral Bouquet In Clear Vase

red white and blue marbling abstract view

Red White And Blue Marbling Abstract View

sunsets over distant trees and the water

Sunsets Over Distant Trees And The Water

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

two trees submerged in the lakes water

Two Trees Submerged In The Lakes Water

healthy as an ox

Healthy As An Ox

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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.