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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flatlay of blocks the middle spelling out stay well

Flatlay Of Blocks The Middle Spelling Out Stay Well

aerial view of frozen pier

Aerial View Of Frozen Pier

roof top with red brick on clear day

Roof Top With Red Brick On Clear Day

white flower blooming below a warm sunset

White Flower Blooming Below A Warm Sunset

close up of lite blue jean fabric

Close Up of Lite Blue Jean Fabric

photo of a street corner where two buildings meet

Photo Of A Street Corner Where Two Buildings Meet

off center vivid floral bouquet in clear vase

Off Center Vivid Floral Bouquet In Clear Vase

wooden colored pencils scattered on pink and blue balls

Wooden Colored Pencils Scattered On Pink And Blue Balls

orange colors of cascading ripples in water

Orange Colors Of Cascading Ripples In Water

waterfall through a lush green forest

Waterfall Through A Lush Green Forest

off the beaten path in fall season

Off The Beaten Path In Fall Season

Sunrises On Snow Covered Mountains Towards Frosty Hills

Sunrises On Snow Covered Mountains Towards Frosty Hills

rocky shore and low clouds

Rocky Shore And Low Clouds

lush green artificial plant in pot

Lush Green Artificial Plant In Pot

leafy hedge spanning length of wall

Leafy Hedge Spanning Length Of Wall

sunflower fills center of a frame

Sunflower Fills Center Of A Frame

distant snowy mountains behind a clear blue lake

Distant Snowy Mountains Behind A Clear Blue Lake

icy lake and snowy mountain tops

Icy Lake And Snowy Mountain Tops

get started today on dark wood background

Get Started Today On Dark Wood Background

stone walkway with trees and a view

Stone Walkway With Trees And A View

person with fishing rod of mossy green rocks

Person With Fishing Rod Of Mossy Green Rocks

frost coated nature

Frost Coated Nature

mount hood oregon at dusk

Mount Hood Oregon At Dusk

lighthouse on rocks overlooks water

Lighthouse On Rocks Overlooks Water

lush forest on a foggy day

Lush Forest On A Foggy Day

sunsets over distant trees and the water

Sunsets Over Distant Trees And The Water

woman admiring eastern architecture

Woman Admiring Eastern Architecture

roasted coffee beans on white fabric

Roasted Coffee Beans On White Fabric

american mount hood

American Mount Hood

carved marble arched doorway

Carved Marble Arched Doorway

Small Wooden Structures In A Brown Grassy Field

Small Wooden Structures In A Brown Grassy Field

bundle of lavender against a yellow backdrop

Bundle Of Lavender Against A Yellow Backdrop

patterns from in antelope canyon

Patterns From In Antelope Canyon

curved metal and glass window

Curved Metal And Glass Window

white house covered in vines

White House Covered In Vines

photo of large deep green plant leaves

Photo Of Large Deep Green Plant Leaves

purple and white orchid close up

Purple And White Orchid Close Up

top view of a green teapot on a pink background

Top View Of A Green Teapot On A Pink Background

rustic old window in a stone building

Rustic Old Window In A Stone Building

hands work on a glass mosaic to left side of frame

Hands Work On A Glass Mosaic To Left Side Of Frame

waves crash under morning sun

Waves Crash Under Morning Sun

flatlay of blocks spelling lets dance on colorful dots

Flatlay Of Blocks Spelling Lets Dance On Colorful Dots

mound of leaves against black

Mound Of Leaves Against Black

a duck takes in the setting sun on the water

A Duck Takes In The Setting Sun On The Water

sunset by rural roads

Sunset By Rural Roads

fanned out rupees currency

Fanned Out Rupees Currency

orange tide rolls into shore

Orange Tide Rolls Into Shore

rustic water tower

Rustic Water Tower

blanket of leaves

Blanket Of Leaves

close up of jean fabric

Close Up of Jean Fabric

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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.