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.

pink paper is ripped revealing blue underneath

Pink Paper Is Ripped Revealing Blue Underneath

lighthouse peaks over a cliff at sunset

Lighthouse Peaks Over A Cliff At Sunset

orange light rays over boastline at sunset

Orange Light Rays Over Boastline At Sunset

under a bridge with patterned shadows

Under A Bridge With Patterned Shadows

water creates glass texture on city street

Water Creates Glass Texture On City Street

large cloudy sky overlooking water and islands

Large Cloudy Sky Overlooking Water And Islands

Cold Winding River In A Snow Covered Forest

Cold Winding River In A Snow Covered Forest

cliffs form shadows by the sea

Cliffs Form Shadows By The Sea

red foiled chocolate hearts in shape of a heart

Red Foiled Chocolate Hearts In Shape Of A Heart

red and gold squares hang from the ceiling

Red And Gold Squares Hang From The Ceiling

a film reel lays flat catching the sunlight

A Film Reel Lays Flat Catching The Sunlight

aqua blue river surrounded by trees

Aqua Blue River Surrounded By Trees

blurry abstract photo of glass bottles

Blurry Abstract Photo Of Glass Bottles

flatlay of a valentines day card with foil chocolate hearts

Flatlay Of A Valentines Day Card With Foil Chocolate Hearts

close up of a green plant in the night

Close Up Of A Green Plant In The Night

hikers on a red sandy desert hill

Hikers On A Red Sandy Desert Hill

light leaks on silky water close up

Light Leaks On Silky Water Close Up

texture of large green leaves in shadows

Texture Of Large Green Leaves In Shadows

black and white photo of a tangled movie reel

Black And White Photo Of A Tangled Movie Reel

aerial view of lake surrounded by mountains

Aerial View Of Lake Surrounded By Mountains

view of a marina and an island airport

View Of A Marina And An Island Airport

the berlin tower at twilight

The Berlin Tower At Twilight

numbers and letters on an orange background

Numbers And Letters On An Orange Background

stream meets the sea at sunset

Stream Meets The Sea At Sunset

black and white photo of hands laying on top of eachother

Black And White Photo Of Hands Laying On Top Of Eachother

soft pink and black geometric abstract shapes

Soft Pink And Black Geometric Abstract Shapes

aerial view of a green forest

Aerial View Of A Green Forest

beneath a freeway angled raised roads

Beneath A Freeway Angled Raised Roads

white horses in a lush forest

White Horses In A Lush Forest

all the autumn colors seen from above

All The Autumn Colors Seen From Above

a film reel lays tangled against a white background

A Film Reel Lays Tangled Against A White Background

close up of vast snowcapped mountain

Close Up Of Vast Snowcapped Mountain

a lake side view of rocky mountains

A Lake Side View Of Rocky Mountains

roof tops at sunset in an industrial setting

Roof Tops At Sunset In An Industrial Setting

textured channels in dry sand

Textured Channels In Dry Sand

an open courtyard with red lanterns at each doorway

An Open Courtyard With Red Lanterns At Each Doorway

red foiled hearts on a light blue background

Red Foiled Hearts On A Light Blue Background

waterfall amongst the forest

Waterfall Amongst The Forest

calm water laps the shoreline

Calm Water Laps The Shoreline

cliffs and black rocks and ocean view

Cliffs And Black Rocks And Ocean View

close up of a daisy with yellow center

Close Up Of A Daisy With Yellow Center

black cellphone floats above pink background

Black Cellphone Floats Above Pink Background

pathway upwards on a steep cliff

Pathway Upwards On A Steep Cliff

roof top with red brick on clear day

Roof Top With Red Brick On Clear Day

view through moss covered mountains

View Through Moss Covered Mountains

berlin at sunset on a clear day

Berlin At Sunset On A Clear Day

single wheat sheaf lays against a lit blue background

Single Wheat Sheaf Lays Against A Lit Blue Background

snowy mountains blend into the sky

Snowy Mountains Blend Into The Sky

rocky coast line meets ocean waves

Rocky Coast Line Meets Ocean Waves

lowrise building under a deep blue sky

Lowrise Building Under A Deep Blue Sky

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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.