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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lighthouse on rocks overlooks water

Lighthouse On Rocks Overlooks Water

lifeguard chair on an empty beach

Lifeguard Chair On An Empty Beach

person stands by tall orange wall and looks up

Person Stands By Tall Orange Wall And Looks Up

healthy as an ox

Healthy As An Ox

two silhouettes of people fishing at sunset

Two Silhouettes Of People Fishing At Sunset

purple and white marbling abstract view

Purple And White Marbling Abstract View

a duck takes in the setting sun on the water

A Duck Takes In The Setting Sun On The Water

close up of jean fabric

Close Up of Jean Fabric

Small Wooden Structures In A Brown Grassy Field

Small Wooden Structures In A Brown Grassy Field

lush forest on a foggy day

Lush Forest On A Foggy Day

pink petals with water droplets close up

Pink Petals With Water Droplets Close Up

town on the water on a clear night

Town On The Water On A Clear Night

clay temple rooftop

Clay Temple Rooftop

ominous building seen from below

Ominous Building Seen From Below

Small Colored Birds Perched On Bare Tree Branches

Small Colored Birds Perched On Bare Tree Branches

aerial image of green forest treetops

Aerial Image of Green Forest Treetops

a black mounted metal microphone against red

A Black Mounted Metal Microphone Against Red

close up of variegated leaves

Close Up Of Variegated Leaves

black and white photo of hands laying on top of eachother

Black And White Photo Of Hands Laying On Top Of Eachother

waves crash under morning sun

Waves Crash Under Morning Sun

film reel catches light tangled on a white surface

Film Reel Catches Light Tangled On A White Surface

a waterfall cascades down the side of a large cliff

A Waterfall Cascades Down The Side Of A Large Cliff

weathered wall with grass growing on cracks

Weathered Wall With Grass Growing On Cracks

maple branch & buds

Maple Branch & Buds

hidden mountain paradise

Hidden Mountain Paradise

two people on a roof together taking in the sunset

Two People On A Roof Together Taking In The Sunset

observation deck of cn tower

Observation Deck Of CN Tower

get started today sign on stone

Get Started Today Sign On Stone

yellow wall with lines and a white sign saying summer

Yellow Wall With Lines And A White Sign Saying Summer

american mountain skyline

American Mountain Skyline

hikers flock to lighthouse at sunset

Hikers Flock To Lighthouse At Sunset

red fabric illuminated by the sun

Red Fabric Illuminated By The Sun

a hand holding a mobile phone while looking at photos

A Hand Holding A Mobile Phone While Looking At Photos

reaching bridge over water and mountians

Reaching Bridge Over Water And Mountians

tide rushes into shore on hazy morning

Tide Rushes Into Shore On Hazy Morning

red foiled chocolate hearts in shape of a heart

Red Foiled Chocolate Hearts In Shape Of A Heart

cement circles line the wall under an overpass

Cement Circles Line The Wall Under An Overpass

aerial view of water treatment plant

Aerial View Of Water Treatment Plant

single wheat sheaf lays against a lit blue background

Single Wheat Sheaf Lays Against A Lit Blue Background

black microphones pattern on a yellow background

Black Microphones Pattern On A Yellow Background

red foiled hearts on a light blue background

Red Foiled Hearts On A Light Blue Background

water treatment plant from above

Water Treatment Plant From Above

low tide seaside rocks

Low Tide Seaside Rocks

bundle of lavender against a yellow backdrop

Bundle Of Lavender Against A Yellow Backdrop

modern residential building under bright sun

Modern Residential Building Under Bright Sun

a lake side view of rocky mountains

A Lake Side View Of Rocky Mountains

roofs tops overlooking a packed city

Roofs Tops Overlooking A Packed City

sunlight ducks below the horizon

Sunlight Ducks Below The Horizon

a lighthouse sits on top of a cliff

A Lighthouse Sits On Top Of A Cliff

low tide rock formations

Low Tide Rock Formations

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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.