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.

Small Colored Birds Perched On Bare Tree Branches

Small Colored Birds Perched On Bare Tree Branches


calm water laps the shoreline

Calm Water Laps The Shoreline


cliffs and black rocks and ocean view

Cliffs And Black Rocks And Ocean View


the berlin tower at twilight

The Berlin Tower At Twilight


two white daisies in a green field

Two White Daisies In A Green Field


Cold Winding River In A Snow Covered Forest

Cold Winding River In A Snow Covered Forest


pathway upwards on a steep cliff

Pathway Upwards On A Steep Cliff


a lake side view of rocky mountains

A Lake Side View Of Rocky Mountains


white horses in a lush forest

White Horses In A Lush Forest


fall leaves create ripples in water

Fall Leaves Create Ripples In Water


weathered foliage with detailed leaves

Weathered Foliage With Detailed Leaves


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

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


mountains create valley shaped frame

Mountains Create Valley Shaped Frame


sumac tree against a clear blue sky

Sumac Tree Against A Clear Blue Sky


rocky coast line meets ocean waves

Rocky Coast Line Meets Ocean Waves


flatlay of a valentines day card with foil chocolate hearts

Flatlay Of A Valentines Day Card With Foil Chocolate Hearts


wild grass on an ocean coastal range

Wild Grass On An Ocean Coastal Range


top view of a green teapot on a pink background

Top View Of A Green Teapot On A Pink Background


a green teapot and teabags leaning on it

A Green Teapot And Teabags Leaning On It


two ropes crossing over on the water

Two Ropes Crossing Over On The Water


blue wavy water of a swimming pool

Blue Wavy Water Of A Swimming Pool


small bundle of wheat on a blue background

Small Bundle Of Wheat On A Blue Background


small bird sits on a bare tree branch

Small Bird Sits On A Bare Tree Branch


sharp colored pencils lined up in a row

Sharp Colored Pencils Lined Up In A Row


misty ocean coast with crashing waves

Misty Ocean Coast With Crashing Waves


person in orange sits on dock

Person In Orange Sits On Dock


wavy water creating pattern in swimming pool

Wavy Water Creating Pattern In Swimming Pool


top of fern branches against black

Top Of Fern Branches Against Black


outdoor swimming pool with tall trees behind it

Outdoor Swimming Pool With Tall Trees Behind It


a person swimming lanes in outdoor pool by tall trees

A Person Swimming Lanes In Outdoor Pool By Tall Trees


top view of a teapot against a grey background

Top View Of A Teapot Against A Grey Background


colored pencils lines up on a black background

Colored Pencils Lines Up On A Black Background


cn tower against the blue toronto sky

CN Tower Against The Blue Toronto Sky


person sits and takes in the rocky mountain view

Person Sits And Takes In The Rocky Mountain View


ends of colored pencils lines up

Ends Of Colored Pencils Lines Up


lighthouse on the coastside

Lighthouse On The Coastside


colored pencils scattered shown from above

Colored Pencils Scattered Shown From Above


wild foliage on the hill top of a coastline

Wild Foliage On The Hill Top Of A Coastline


hazy ocean views

Hazy Ocean Views


hands reach for each other against a painted wall

Hands Reach For Each Other Against A Painted Wall


blue terry cloth towel

Blue Terry Cloth Towel


red foiled chocolate hearts scattered on black

Red Foiled Chocolate Hearts Scattered On Black


red foiled chocolate hearts in shape of a heart

Red Foiled Chocolate Hearts In Shape Of A Heart


mountain top view over range

Mountain Top View Over Range


black and white photo of hands laying on top of eachother

Black And White Photo Of Hands Laying On Top Of Eachother


rocky hill top reflects mountains in a pool of water

Rocky Hill Top Reflects Mountains In A Pool Of Water


blurry abstract photo of glass bottles

Blurry Abstract Photo Of Glass Bottles


lighthouse peaks at sunset

Lighthouse Peaks At Sunset


single wheat sheaf lays against a lit blue background

Single Wheat Sheaf Lays Against A Lit Blue Background


sunsets over still water at shore

Sunsets Over Still Water At Shore


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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.