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.

lighthouse peaks at sunset

Lighthouse Peaks At Sunset


close up of the ends of colored pencils

Close Up Of The Ends Of Colored Pencils


rustic tropical coastline

Rustic Tropical Coastline


single wheat sheaf lays against a lit blue background

Single Wheat Sheaf Lays Against A Lit Blue Background


close up of colored pencils lined up

Close Up Of Colored Pencils Lined Up


sunsets over still water at shore

Sunsets Over Still Water At Shore


colored pencils piled up on a black background

Colored Pencils Piled Up On A Black Background


coffee beans laid on a pink background

Coffee Beans Laid On A Pink Background


numbers and letters on an orange background

Numbers And Letters On An Orange Background


red and gold squares hang from the ceiling

Red And Gold Squares Hang From The Ceiling


colorful candy eggs against a white background

Colorful Candy Eggs Against A White Background


wooden calendar sits on a white background

Wooden Calendar Sits On A White Background


red foiled hearts lay on a light blue background

Red Foiled Hearts Lay On A Light Blue Background


red foiled hearts on a light blue background

Red Foiled Hearts On A Light Blue Background


red foiled hearts on a pink background

Red Foiled Hearts On A Pink Background


red foiled chocolate hearts against a pink background

Red Foiled Chocolate Hearts Against A Pink Background


red foiled hearts scattered on a white background

Red Foiled Hearts Scattered On A White Background


carved marble arched doorway

Carved Marble Arched Doorway


open stone courtyard with white archways

Open Stone Courtyard With White Archways


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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.