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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modern residential building under bright sun

Modern Residential Building Under Bright Sun

textured channels in dry sand

Textured Channels In Dry Sand

two people on a roof together taking in the sunset

Two People On A Roof Together Taking In The Sunset

lush forest on a foggy day

Lush Forest On A Foggy Day

two trees submerged in the lakes water

Two Trees Submerged In The Lakes Water

abstract image of purple and blue marbling color

Abstract Image Of Purple And Blue Marbling Color

Small Wooden Structures In A Brown Grassy Field

Small Wooden Structures In A Brown Grassy Field

black cellphone floats above pink background

Black Cellphone Floats Above Pink Background

ripe red strawberries in a white bowl

Ripe Red Strawberries In A White Bowl

colored pencils scattered shown from above

Colored Pencils Scattered Shown From Above

abstract image of lime green and pink marbling

Abstract Image Of Lime Green And Pink Marbling

a lighthouse sits on top of a cliff

A Lighthouse Sits On Top Of A Cliff

blurry abstract photo of glass bottles

Blurry Abstract Photo Of Glass Bottles

hikers flock to lighthouse at sunset

Hikers Flock To Lighthouse At Sunset

black and white photo of hands laying on top of eachother

Black And White Photo Of Hands Laying On Top Of Eachother

single wheat sheaf lays against a lit blue background

Single Wheat Sheaf Lays Against A Lit Blue Background

roofs tops overlooking a packed city

Roofs Tops Overlooking A Packed City

close up of the pocket of lite blue jeans

Close Up of The Pocket of Lite Blue Jeans

natural light on bright floral arrangement

Natural Light On Bright Floral Arrangement

cellphone floats above a yellow background

Cellphone Floats Above A Yellow Background

film reel taggled against a white background

Film Reel Taggled Against A White Background

The Last Rays Of Sunlight Disappear Behind Hills

The Last Rays Of Sunlight Disappear Behind Hills

two slices of orange lay on a sunlit cutting board

Two Slices Of Orange Lay On A Sunlit Cutting Board

abstract photo of red marbling into white

Abstract Photo Of Red Marbling Into White

red foiled hearts on a light blue background

Red Foiled Hearts On A Light Blue Background

red foiled chocolate hearts in shape of a heart

Red Foiled Chocolate Hearts In Shape Of A Heart

dusty planes at sunset

Dusty Planes At Sunset

sunlight ducks below the horizon

Sunlight Ducks Below The Horizon

sunlight creates shadows from an overpass

Sunlight Creates Shadows From An Overpass

top of fern branches against black

Top Of Fern Branches Against Black

half blue half green background with earrings and a ring

Half Blue Half Green Background With Earrings And A Ring

farmland landscape with pointy tall trees

Farmland Landscape With Pointy Tall Trees

film reel catches light tangled on a white surface

Film Reel Catches Light Tangled On A White Surface

close up of lite blue jean fabric

Close Up of Lite Blue Jean Fabric

view of the coast on a clear day

View Of The Coast On A Clear Day

lighthouse peaks over a cliff at sunset

Lighthouse Peaks Over A Cliff At Sunset

snow covered mountains reflect on the water by a fall forest

Snow Covered Mountains Reflect On The Water By A Fall Forest

large cloudy sky overlooking water and islands

Large Cloudy Sky Overlooking Water And Islands

a tangled movie reel catching sunlight

A Tangled Movie Reel Catching Sunlight

shenzhen cityscape

Shenzhen Cityscape

tall fall trees with a leaf covered path in brown and yellow

Tall Fall Trees With A Leaf Covered Path In Brown And Yellow

under a bridge with patterned shadows

Under A Bridge With Patterned Shadows

vivid flower arrangement in all colors

Vivid Flower Arrangement In All Colors

aerial view of a green forest

Aerial View Of A Green Forest

view of a marina and an island airport

View Of A Marina And An Island Airport

close up of jean fabric

Close Up of Jean Fabric

orange light rays over boastline at sunset

Orange Light Rays Over Boastline At Sunset

close up of a green leaf showing its detail

Close Up Of A Green Leaf Showing Its Detail

the berlin tower at twilight

The Berlin Tower At Twilight

forest with rocks and road

Forest With Rocks And Road

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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.