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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canyon sky landscape

Canyon Sky Landscape


blue beach waves

Blue Beach Waves


tree after ice storm

Tree After Ice Storm


nature encased in ice

Nature Encased In Ice


icy winter tree

Icy Winter Tree


icy tree branches

Icy Tree Branches


icy glass branches

Icy Glass Branches


ice coated leaves

Ice Coated Leaves


frozen tree

Frozen Tree


frosty winter ice

Frosty Winter Ice


frost coated nature

Frost Coated Nature


cold winter leaf

Cold Winter Leaf


cold winter ice

Cold Winter Ice


tree blossoms blooming

Tree Blossoms Blooming


seaweed washed up on beach

Seaweed Washed Up On Beach


pink spring tree blossoms

Pink Spring Tree Blossoms


pink spring blossoms

Pink Spring Blossoms


magnolia in bloom

Magnolia In Bloom


beach volleyball courts

Beach Volleyball Courts


beach sun reflections

Beach Sun Reflections


old fashioned telephone

Old Fashioned Telephone


unique brick texture

Unique Brick Texture


ferns reach for sun

Ferns Reach For Sun


branches in bog

Branches In Bog


light reflects on water

Light Reflects On Water


lake water ripples

Lake Water Ripples


lake lighting

Lake Lighting


octopus tentacle

Octopus Tentacle


north american north

North American North


victoria bc town hall building

Victoria BC Town Hall Building


beach sunset

Beach Sunset


autumn shore

Autumn Shore


rippling lake

Rippling Lake


forest rain fall

Forest Rain Fall


clouded sky over lake

Clouded Sky Over Lake


watery rice fields

Watery Rice Fields


stoney beach

Stoney Beach


marina by hills

Marina By Hills


ancient temples

Ancient Temples


water under bridge

Water Under Bridge


view from rooftop

View From Rooftop


tower in florence

Tower In Florence


florence rooftops

Florence Rooftops


florence italy haze

Florence Italy Haze


city view binoculars

City View Binoculars


basilica rooftop walk

Basilica Rooftop Walk


basilica roof

Basilica Roof


sailboats in cove

Sailboats In Cove


rocky hills

Rocky Hills


orange vertical lines

Orange Vertical Lines


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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.