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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a duck takes in the setting sun on the water

A Duck Takes In The Setting Sun On The Water

purple and white orchid close up

Purple And White Orchid Close Up

mound of leaves against black

Mound Of Leaves Against Black

orange tide rolls into shore

Orange Tide Rolls Into Shore

a waterfall cascades down the side of a large cliff

A Waterfall Cascades Down The Side Of A Large Cliff

close up of jean fabric

Close Up of Jean Fabric

sunset on open water

Sunset On Open Water

fanned out rupees currency

Fanned Out Rupees Currency

a lake side view of rocky mountains

A Lake Side View Of Rocky Mountains

quiet lake and hills

Quiet Lake And Hills

blanket of leaves

Blanket Of Leaves

sunset by rural roads

Sunset By Rural Roads

a single tree and cow silhouetted by the sunrise

A Single Tree And Cow Silhouetted By The Sunrise

hand placed on flower petals

Hand Placed On Flower Petals

lifeguard chair on an empty beach

Lifeguard Chair On An Empty Beach

rustic water tower

Rustic Water Tower

person stands by tall orange wall and looks up

Person Stands By Tall Orange Wall And Looks Up

Small Colored Birds Perched On Bare Tree Branches

Small Colored Birds Perched On Bare Tree Branches

healthy as an ox

Healthy As An Ox

cement circles line the wall under an overpass

Cement Circles Line The Wall Under An Overpass

handcrafted goodness sign on marble

Handcrafted Goodness SIgn On Marble

get started today sign on marble

Get Started Today Sign On Marble

black round sunglasses on top left of blue background

Black Round Sunglasses On Top Left Of Blue Background

race track lane lines

Race Track Lane Lines

two silhouettes of people fishing at sunset

Two Silhouettes Of People Fishing At Sunset

waterside rock with icicles

Waterside Rock With Icicles

red foiled chocolate hearts against a pink background

Red Foiled Chocolate Hearts Against A Pink Background

italian cliffs

Italian Cliffs

town on the water on a clear night

Town On The Water On A Clear Night

dry queen annes lace stem

Dry Queen Annes Lace Stem

vivid flower arrangement in all colors

Vivid Flower Arrangement In All Colors

red foiled hearts on a light blue background

Red Foiled Hearts On A Light Blue Background

single wheat sheaf lays against a lit blue background

Single Wheat Sheaf Lays Against A Lit Blue Background

natural light on bright floral arrangement

Natural Light On Bright Floral Arrangement

triangle made of round circles

Triangle Made Of Round Circles

reaching bridge over water and mountians

Reaching Bridge Over Water And Mountians

picture perfect trees

Picture Perfect Trees

rain drops on a bright window

Rain Drops On A Bright Window

pistachio nuts macro

Pistachio Nuts Macro

dirt road runds through green trees drone

Dirt Road Runds Through Green Trees Drone

get started today sign on dark wood

Get Started Today Sign On Dark Wood

green leaves of a plant

Green Leaves Of A Plant

two people on a roof together taking in the sunset

Two People On A Roof Together Taking In The Sunset

tiny pumpkins big orange image

Tiny Pumpkins Big Orange Image

small puppy plays in a fresh winter snowfall

Small Puppy Plays In A Fresh Winter Snowfall

red foiled chocolate hearts scattered on black

Red Foiled Chocolate Hearts Scattered On Black

hikers flock to lighthouse at sunset

Hikers Flock To Lighthouse At Sunset

tree banches cast shadows on a building wall

Tree Banches Cast Shadows On A Building Wall

haystack rock oregon coast

Haystack Rock Oregon Coast

church tower in china

Church Tower In China

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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.