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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triangle made of round circles

Triangle Made Of Round Circles

flamingos standing in water with mountains in distance

Flamingos Standing In Water With Mountains In Distance

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

natural light on bright floral arrangement

Natural Light On Bright Floral Arrangement

bundle of lavender against a yellow backdrop

Bundle Of Lavender Against A Yellow Backdrop

sunlight ducks below the horizon

Sunlight Ducks Below The Horizon

view of the coast on a clear day

View Of The Coast On A Clear Day

farmland landscape with pointy tall trees

Farmland Landscape With Pointy Tall Trees

sunlight creates shadows from an overpass

Sunlight Creates Shadows From An Overpass

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

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

large cloudy sky overlooking water and islands

Large Cloudy Sky Overlooking Water And Islands

purple and red marbling abstract view

Purple And Red Marbling Abstract View

top of fern branches against black

Top Of Fern Branches Against Black

black microphones pattern on a yellow background

Black Microphones Pattern On A Yellow Background

a single tree and cow silhouetted by the sunrise

A Single Tree And Cow Silhouetted By The Sunrise

vivid flower arrangement in all colors

Vivid Flower Arrangement In All Colors

aerial view of a green forest

Aerial View Of A Green Forest

close up of a worn barn exterior

Close Up Of A Worn Barn Exterior

brick building with pillars

Brick Building With Pillars

close up of the ends of colored pencils

Close Up Of The Ends Of Colored Pencils

cheery blossom flowers from below

Cheery Blossom Flowers From Below

view of a marina and an island airport

View Of A Marina And An Island Airport

orange light rays over boastline at sunset

Orange Light Rays Over Boastline At Sunset

red foiled hearts lay on a light blue background

Red Foiled Hearts Lay On A Light Blue Background

snow covered mountains reflect on the water by a fall forest

Snow Covered Mountains Reflect On The Water By A Fall Forest

pond on a mountain range reflecting the mountain view

Pond On A Mountain Range Reflecting The Mountain View

black microphone set against a pink background

Black Microphone Set Against A Pink Background

texture of brown hay and other grasses

Texture Of Brown Hay And Other Grasses

aqua blue river surrounded by trees

Aqua Blue River Surrounded By Trees

the berlin tower at twilight

The Berlin Tower At Twilight

sunsets in the desert silhouetting a person

Sunsets In The Desert Silhouetting A Person

detailed fern leaves close up

Detailed Fern Leaves Close Up

lighthouse peaks over a cliff at sunset

Lighthouse Peaks Over A Cliff At Sunset

stream meets the sea at sunset

Stream Meets The Sea At Sunset

sheet metal roof in urban china

Sheet Metal Roof In Urban China

hikers on a red sandy desert hill

Hikers On A Red Sandy Desert Hill

berlin at sunset on a clear day

Berlin At Sunset On A Clear Day

ripe strawberry cut in half on a white surface

Ripe Strawberry Cut In Half On A White Surface

the first light of day over a mountain range

The First Light Of Day Over A Mountain Range

calm water laps the shoreline

Calm Water Laps The Shoreline

close up of a daisy with yellow center

Close Up Of A Daisy With Yellow Center

hand grips a black microphone against red background

Hand Grips A Black Microphone Against Red Background

pathway upwards on a steep cliff

Pathway Upwards On A Steep Cliff

red foiled chocolate hearts against a pink background

Red Foiled Chocolate Hearts Against A Pink Background

ocean meets rocky peninsula

Ocean Meets Rocky Peninsula

a cellphone floats in the middle of orange background

A Cellphone Floats In The Middle Of Orange Background

fall leaves create ripples in water

Fall Leaves Create Ripples In Water

snow covered trees line a snowy road

Snow Covered Trees Line A Snowy Road

roof tops at sunset in an industrial setting

Roof Tops At Sunset In An Industrial Setting

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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.