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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close up of lite blue jean fabric

Close Up of Lite Blue Jean Fabric


dock out into water

Dock Out Into Water


aerial view of frozen pier

Aerial View Of Frozen Pier


wooden colored pencils scattered on pink and blue balls

Wooden Colored Pencils Scattered On Pink And Blue Balls


red foiled chocolate hearts in shape of a heart

Red Foiled Chocolate Hearts In Shape Of A Heart


dried up flower in the wild

Dried Up Flower In The Wild


white flower blooming below a warm sunset

White Flower Blooming Below A Warm Sunset


off the beaten path in fall season

Off The Beaten Path In Fall Season


orange colors of cascading ripples in water

Orange Colors Of Cascading Ripples In Water


off center vivid floral bouquet in clear vase

Off Center Vivid Floral Bouquet In Clear Vase


icy lake and snowy mountain tops

Icy Lake And Snowy Mountain Tops


waterfall through a lush green forest

Waterfall Through A Lush Green Forest


lush green artificial plant in pot

Lush Green Artificial Plant In Pot


Sunrises On Snow Covered Mountains Towards Frosty Hills

Sunrises On Snow Covered Mountains Towards Frosty Hills


sunflower fills center of a frame

Sunflower Fills Center Of A Frame


rocky shore and low clouds

Rocky Shore And Low Clouds


get started today on dark wood background

Get Started Today On Dark Wood Background


carved marble arched doorway

Carved Marble Arched Doorway


leafy hedge spanning length of wall

Leafy Hedge Spanning Length Of Wall


lighthouse on rocks overlooks water

Lighthouse On Rocks Overlooks Water


distant snowy mountains behind a clear blue lake

Distant Snowy Mountains Behind A Clear Blue Lake


frost coated nature

Frost Coated Nature


person with fishing rod of mossy green rocks

Person With Fishing Rod Of Mossy Green Rocks


lush forest on a foggy day

Lush Forest On A Foggy Day


stone walkway with trees and a view

Stone Walkway With Trees And A View


flatlay of blocks spelling lets dance on colorful dots

Flatlay Of Blocks Spelling Lets Dance On Colorful Dots


sunsets over distant trees and the water

Sunsets Over Distant Trees And The Water


mount hood oregon at dusk

Mount Hood Oregon At Dusk


rustic old window in a stone building

Rustic Old Window In A Stone Building


woman admiring eastern architecture

Woman Admiring Eastern Architecture


hands work on a glass mosaic to left side of frame

Hands Work On A Glass Mosaic To Left Side Of Frame


roasted coffee beans on white fabric

Roasted Coffee Beans On White Fabric


bundle of lavender against a yellow backdrop

Bundle Of Lavender Against A Yellow Backdrop


american mount hood

American Mount Hood


Small Wooden Structures In A Brown Grassy Field

Small Wooden Structures In A Brown Grassy Field


curved metal and glass window

Curved Metal And Glass Window


white house covered in vines

White House Covered In Vines


patterns from in antelope canyon

Patterns From In Antelope Canyon


top view of a green teapot on a pink background

Top View Of A Green Teapot On A Pink Background


purple and white orchid close up

Purple And White Orchid Close Up


photo of large deep green plant leaves

Photo Of Large Deep Green Plant Leaves


side of a building with silver doors

Side Of A Building With Silver Doors


waves crash under morning sun

Waves Crash Under Morning Sun


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


colored pencils scattered on pink and blue balls

Colored Pencils Scattered On Pink And Blue Balls


orange tide rolls into shore

Orange Tide Rolls Into Shore


sunset on open water

Sunset On Open Water


blanket of leaves

Blanket Of Leaves


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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.