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.

wavy water and choppy waves at golden hour

Wavy Water And Choppy Waves At Golden Hour

flamingos standing in water with mountains in distance

Flamingos Standing In Water With Mountains In Distance

town on the water on a clear night

Town On The Water On A Clear Night

hikers flock to lighthouse at sunset

Hikers Flock To Lighthouse At Sunset

close up of a green leaf showing its detail

Close Up Of A Green Leaf Showing Its Detail

Green And White Marbled Coloring

Green And White Marbled Coloring

hand holds out phone against black background

Hand Holds Out Phone Against Black Background

top view of a green teapot on a pink background

Top View Of A Green Teapot On A Pink Background

two silhouettes of people fishing at sunset

Two Silhouettes Of People Fishing At Sunset

a lighthouse sits on top of a cliff

A Lighthouse Sits On Top Of A Cliff

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

texture of a green leaf very close up

Texture Of A Green Leaf Very Close Up

wavy water creating pattern in swimming pool

Wavy Water Creating Pattern In Swimming Pool

vivid flower arrangement in all colors

Vivid Flower Arrangement In All Colors

roofs tops overlooking a packed city

Roofs Tops Overlooking A Packed City

hands reach for each other against a painted wall

Hands Reach For Each Other Against A Painted Wall

sunsets over distant trees and the water

Sunsets Over Distant Trees And The Water

colored pencils lines up on a black background

Colored Pencils Lines Up On A Black Background

sunlight ducks below the horizon

Sunlight Ducks Below The Horizon

cement circles line the wall under an overpass

Cement Circles Line The Wall Under An Overpass

two trees submerged in the lakes water

Two Trees Submerged In The Lakes Water

paved road bends with red rocky hills in the background

Paved Road Bends With Red Rocky Hills In The Background

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

ends of colored pencils lines up

Ends Of Colored Pencils Lines Up

top view of a teapot against a grey background

Top View Of A Teapot Against A Grey Background

lush forest on a foggy day

Lush Forest On A Foggy Day

outdoor swimming pool with tall trees behind it

Outdoor Swimming Pool With Tall Trees Behind It

farmland landscape with pointy tall trees

Farmland Landscape With Pointy Tall Trees

detailed fern leave amongst the shadows

Detailed Fern Leave Amongst The Shadows

two people on a roof together taking in the sunset

Two People On A Roof Together Taking In The Sunset

hands form a heart shape against green leaves

Hands Form A Heart Shape Against Green Leaves

beach at sunset in teal and orange

Beach At Sunset In Teal And Orange

Quiet Wooden Farm With Low Clouds

Quiet Wooden Farm With Low Clouds

blue wavy water of a swimming pool

Blue Wavy Water Of A Swimming Pool

view of the forest floor

View Of The Forest Floor

lighthouse on rocks overlooks water

Lighthouse On Rocks Overlooks Water

a person swimming lanes in outdoor pool by tall trees

A Person Swimming Lanes In Outdoor Pool By Tall Trees

view of the coast on a clear day

View Of The Coast On A Clear Day

a duck takes in the setting sun on the water

A Duck Takes In The Setting Sun On The Water

colored pencils scattered shown from above

Colored Pencils Scattered Shown From Above

sunlight creates shadows from an overpass

Sunlight Creates Shadows From An Overpass

sumac tree against a clear blue sky

Sumac Tree Against A Clear Blue Sky

snow covered mountains reflect on the water by a fall forest

Snow Covered Mountains Reflect On The Water By A Fall Forest

a film reel lays flat catching the sunlight

A Film Reel Lays Flat Catching The Sunlight

pink paper is ripped revealing blue underneath

Pink Paper Is Ripped Revealing Blue Underneath

soft pink and black geometric abstract shapes

Soft Pink And Black Geometric Abstract Shapes

colorful chocolate candy easter eggs on white

Colorful Chocolate Candy Easter Eggs On White

under a bridge with patterned shadows

Under A Bridge With Patterned Shadows

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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.