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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large cloudy sky overlooking water and islands

Large Cloudy Sky Overlooking Water And Islands

farmland landscape with pointy tall trees

Farmland Landscape With Pointy Tall Trees

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

red fabric illuminated by the sun

Red Fabric Illuminated By The Sun

view of the coast on a clear day

View Of The Coast On A Clear Day

a lake side view of rocky mountains

A Lake Side View Of Rocky Mountains

cheery blossom flowers from below

Cheery Blossom Flowers From Below

top of fern branches against black

Top Of Fern Branches Against Black

sunlight creates shadows from an overpass

Sunlight Creates Shadows From An Overpass

triangle made of round circles

Triangle Made Of Round Circles

view of a marina and an island airport

View Of A Marina And An Island Airport

snow covered mountains reflect on the water by a fall forest

Snow Covered Mountains Reflect On The Water By A Fall Forest

sheet metal roof in urban china

Sheet Metal Roof In Urban China

ocean meets rocky peninsula

Ocean Meets Rocky Peninsula

detailed fern leaves close up

Detailed Fern Leaves Close Up

aerial view of a green forest

Aerial View Of A Green Forest

hikers on a red sandy desert hill

Hikers On A Red Sandy Desert Hill

a single tree and cow silhouetted by the sunrise

A Single Tree And Cow Silhouetted By The Sunrise

pond on a mountain range reflecting the mountain view

Pond On A Mountain Range Reflecting The Mountain View

yellow petals covered in yellow bokeh light

Yellow Petals Covered In Yellow Bokeh Light

lighthouse peaks over a cliff at sunset

Lighthouse Peaks Over A Cliff At Sunset

vivid flower arrangement in all colors

Vivid Flower Arrangement In All Colors

red foiled hearts lay on a light blue background

Red Foiled Hearts Lay On A Light Blue Background

close up of the ends of colored pencils

Close Up Of The Ends Of Colored Pencils

the berlin tower at twilight

The Berlin Tower At Twilight

purple and red marbling abstract view

Purple And Red Marbling Abstract View

bundle of lavender against a yellow backdrop

Bundle Of Lavender Against A Yellow Backdrop

aqua blue river surrounded by trees

Aqua Blue River Surrounded By Trees

sunsets in the desert silhouetting a person

Sunsets In The Desert Silhouetting A Person

orange light rays over boastline at sunset

Orange Light Rays Over Boastline At Sunset

a black mounted metal microphone against red

A Black Mounted Metal Microphone Against Red

roof top with red brick on clear day

Roof Top With Red Brick On Clear Day

close up of a worn barn exterior

Close Up Of A Worn Barn Exterior

close up of a daisy with yellow center

Close Up Of A Daisy With Yellow Center

berlin at sunset on a clear day

Berlin At Sunset On A Clear Day

calm water laps the shoreline

Calm Water Laps The Shoreline

roof tops at sunset in an industrial setting

Roof Tops At Sunset In An Industrial Setting

red foiled chocolate hearts against a pink background

Red Foiled Chocolate Hearts Against A Pink Background

Cold Winding River In A Snow Covered Forest

Cold Winding River In A Snow Covered Forest

the first light of day over a mountain range

The First Light Of Day Over A Mountain Range

pathway upwards on a steep cliff

Pathway Upwards On A Steep Cliff

stream meets the sea at sunset

Stream Meets The Sea At Sunset

microphone on stand left of frame against blue

Microphone On Stand Left Of Frame Against Blue

texture of brown hay and other grasses

Texture Of Brown Hay And Other Grasses

cliffs and black rocks and ocean view

Cliffs And Black Rocks And Ocean View

snow covered trees line a snowy road

Snow Covered Trees Line A Snowy Road

flatlay of a valentines day card with foil chocolate hearts

Flatlay Of A Valentines Day Card With Foil Chocolate Hearts

red foiled hearts on a pink background

Red Foiled Hearts On A Pink Background

dusty planes at sunset

Dusty Planes At Sunset

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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.