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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close up of the ends of colored pencils

Close Up Of The Ends Of Colored Pencils


vibrant aqua blue water below cliff edge

Vibrant Aqua Blue Water Below Cliff Edge


sunlight illuminates rich fall colors

Sunlight Illuminates Rich Fall Colors


reflections in front of place of worship

Reflections In Front Of Place Of Worship


silhouettes of two people splashing on the beach

Silhouettes Of Two People Splashing On The Beach


deep blue sky over lighthouse

Deep Blue Sky Over Lighthouse


wavy water and choppy waves at golden hour

Wavy Water And Choppy Waves At Golden Hour


sunset against a city with hills in the background

Sunset Against A City With Hills In The Background


beacon nestled at the edge of a cliff

Beacon Nestled At The Edge Of A Cliff


sunlight creeps into antelope canyon

Sunlight Creeps Into Antelope Canyon


autumn harvest pumpkins and gourds

Autumn Harvest Pumpkins And Gourds


snowy mountain view

Snowy Mountain View


cellphone floats above a yellow background

Cellphone Floats Above A Yellow Background


aerial photo of a beach and aqua blue water

Aerial Photo of A Beach And Aqua Blue Water


small wild white flowers on sunny day

Small Wild White Flowers On Sunny Day


lines of trees in snow

Lines Of Trees In Snow


close up of fern fronds

Close Up Of Fern Fronds


end of a rivers journey

End Of A Rivers Journey


side of a building with remains of an old poster

Side Of A Building With Remains Of An Old Poster


cascade of hydrangea blossoms

Cascade Of Hydrangea Blossoms


view of the forest floor

View Of The Forest Floor


sandy seaweed

Sandy Seaweed


two trees submerged in the lakes water

Two Trees Submerged In The Lakes Water


wooden blocks lay in colorful dots and spell smile

Wooden Blocks Lay In Colorful Dots And Spell Smile


two small wooden chair with striped fabric

Two Small Wooden Chair With Striped Fabric


basketball court hoop shadow

Basketball Court Hoop Shadow


wet pavement reflects a building and city night lights

Wet Pavement Reflects A Building And City Night Lights


dried sunflower field

Dried Sunflower Field


a closed grey curtain surrounded by a grey wall

A Closed Grey Curtain Surrounded By A Grey Wall


led lights glow on ferris wheel

LED Lights Glow On Ferris Wheel


close up of colored pencils lined up

Close Up Of Colored Pencils Lined Up


cone of leaves

Cone Of Leaves


colourful light creates bokeh

Colourful Light Creates Bokeh


tourist views seaside

Tourist Views Seaside


close up on evergreen bonzai

Close Up On Evergreen Bonzai


branches with spring blossoms frame a mountian view

Branches With Spring Blossoms Frame A Mountian View


photo of a street corner where two buildings meet

Photo Of A Street Corner Where Two Buildings Meet


flatlay of blocks the middle spelling out stay well

Flatlay Of Blocks The Middle Spelling Out Stay Well


window cleaners

Window Cleaners


pineapple with aviator sunglasses

Pineapple With Aviator Sunglasses


golden spoon and metallic liquid

Golden Spoon And Metallic Liquid


railway painted on red barnboard

Railway Painted On Red Barnboard


window cleaners portrait

Window Cleaners Portrait


roof top with red brick on clear day

Roof Top With Red Brick On Clear Day


buildings of all colors overlooking river

Buildings Of All Colors Overlooking River


top view of a teapot against a grey background

Top View Of A Teapot Against A Grey Background


wooden colored pencils scattered on pink and blue balls

Wooden Colored Pencils Scattered On Pink And Blue Balls


a pocket of forest in a dense city

A Pocket Of Forest In A Dense City


snowy mountains and a winding dirt road

Snowy Mountains And A Winding Dirt Road


sunset on a large crane and big sky

Sunset On A Large Crane And Big Sky


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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.