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.

vast snowcapped mountain under grey sky

Vast Snowcapped Mountain Under Grey Sky

black and white photo of a tangled movie reel

Black And White Photo Of A Tangled Movie Reel

red foiled hearts lay on a light blue background

Red Foiled Hearts Lay On A Light Blue Background

two ropes crossing over on the water

Two Ropes Crossing Over On The Water

soft pink and black geometric abstract shapes

Soft Pink And Black Geometric Abstract Shapes

red foiled hearts on a pink background

Red Foiled Hearts On A Pink Background

the first light of day over a mountain range

The First Light Of Day Over A Mountain Range

The Last Rays Of Sunlight Disappear Behind Hills

The Last Rays Of Sunlight Disappear Behind Hills

misty ocean coast with crashing waves

Misty Ocean Coast With Crashing Waves

single wheat sheaf lays against a lit blue background

Single Wheat Sheaf Lays Against A Lit Blue Background

close up of the ends of colored pencils

Close Up Of The Ends Of Colored Pencils

person in orange sits on dock

Person In Orange Sits On Dock

red foiled chocolate hearts against a pink background

Red Foiled Chocolate Hearts Against A Pink Background

textured channels in dry sand

Textured Channels In Dry Sand

sunsets in the desert silhouetting a person

Sunsets In The Desert Silhouetting A Person

cellphone floats above a yellow background

Cellphone Floats Above A Yellow Background

a film reel lays tangled against a white background

A Film Reel Lays Tangled Against A White Background

film reel catches light tangled on a white surface

Film Reel Catches Light Tangled On A White Surface

wild foliage on the hill top of a coastline

Wild Foliage On The Hill Top Of A Coastline

green and orange textured fern leaf

Green And Orange Textured Fern Leaf

person sits and takes in the rocky mountain view

Person Sits And Takes In The Rocky Mountain View

colored pencils piled up on a black background

Colored Pencils Piled Up On A Black Background

black cellphone floats above pink background

Black Cellphone Floats Above Pink Background

fresh rainfall on green leaves

Fresh Rainfall On Green Leaves

a single tree in the middle of a green grassy field

A Single Tree In The Middle Of A Green Grassy Field

two slices of orange lay on a sunlit cutting board

Two Slices Of Orange Lay On A Sunlit Cutting Board

two white daisies in a green field

Two White Daisies In A Green Field

film reel taggled against a white background

Film Reel Taggled Against A White Background

red foiled hearts scattered on a white background

Red Foiled Hearts Scattered On A White Background

close up of colored pencils lined up

Close Up Of Colored Pencils Lined Up

hazy ocean views

Hazy Ocean Views

two different textures of sand

Two Different Textures Of Sand

a tangled movie reel catching sunlight

A Tangled Movie Reel Catching Sunlight

weathered foliage with detailed leaves

Weathered Foliage With Detailed Leaves

marbling of vibrant pink and purple colors

Marbling Of Vibrant Pink And Purple Colors

a cellphone floats in the middle of orange background

A Cellphone Floats In The Middle Of Orange Background

cn tower against the blue toronto sky

CN Tower Against The Blue Toronto Sky

abstract image of purple and blue marbling color

Abstract Image Of Purple And Blue Marbling Color

two juicy orange slices against red background

Two Juicy Orange Slices Against Red Background

a close up view of a fern outdoors

A Close Up View Of A Fern Outdoors

lone tree in a green grassy field

Lone Tree In A Green Grassy Field

cellphone floats above a soft pink background

Cellphone Floats Above A Soft Pink Background

lighthouse on the coastside

Lighthouse On The Coastside

carved marble arched doorway

Carved Marble Arched Doorway

worn wood texture close up

Worn Wood Texture Close Up

rustic tropical coastline

Rustic Tropical Coastline

open stone courtyard with white archways

Open Stone Courtyard With White Archways

abstract photo of red marbling into white

Abstract Photo Of Red Marbling Into White

blue whale jumps out of the ocean

Blue Whale Jumps Out Of The Ocean

soft gradient of sunset over water

Soft Gradient Of Sunset Over Water

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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.