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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view through moss covered mountains

View Through Moss Covered Mountains

berlin at sunset on a clear day

Berlin At Sunset On A Clear Day

red foiled hearts lay on a light blue background

Red Foiled Hearts Lay On A Light Blue Background

close up of the pocket of lite blue jeans

Close Up of The Pocket of Lite Blue Jeans

close up of lite blue jean fabric

Close Up of Lite Blue Jean Fabric

two different textures of sand

Two Different Textures Of Sand

sunsets in the desert silhouetting a person

Sunsets In The Desert Silhouetting A Person

half blue half green background with earrings and a ring

Half Blue Half Green Background With Earrings And A Ring

fresh rainfall on green leaves

Fresh Rainfall On Green Leaves

light leaks on silky water close up

Light Leaks On Silky Water Close Up

cliffs and black rocks and ocean view

Cliffs And Black Rocks And Ocean View

close up of a green plant in the night

Close Up Of A Green Plant In The Night

aerial view of lake surrounded by mountains

Aerial View Of Lake Surrounded By Mountains

calm water laps the shoreline

Calm Water Laps The Shoreline

red foiled hearts on a pink background

Red Foiled Hearts On A Pink Background

pathway upwards on a steep cliff

Pathway Upwards On A Steep Cliff

texture of large green leaves in shadows

Texture Of Large Green Leaves In Shadows

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

rocky coast line meets ocean waves

Rocky Coast Line Meets Ocean Waves

snow covered trees line a snowy road

Snow Covered Trees Line A Snowy Road

fall leaves create ripples in water

Fall Leaves Create Ripples In Water

wild grass on an ocean coastal range

Wild Grass On An Ocean Coastal Range

mountains create valley shaped frame

Mountains Create Valley Shaped Frame

close up of the ends of colored pencils

Close Up Of The Ends Of Colored Pencils

red foiled chocolate hearts against a pink background

Red Foiled Chocolate Hearts Against A Pink Background

the first light of day over a mountain range

The First Light Of Day Over A Mountain Range

colored pencils piled up on a black background

Colored Pencils Piled Up On A Black Background

a single tree in the middle of a green grassy field

A Single Tree In The Middle Of A Green Grassy Field

all the autumn colors seen from above

All The Autumn Colors Seen From Above

red foiled hearts scattered on a white background

Red Foiled Hearts Scattered On A White Background

person in orange sits on dock

Person In Orange Sits On Dock

red foiled chocolate hearts scattered on black

Red Foiled Chocolate Hearts Scattered On Black

close up of jean fabric

Close Up of Jean Fabric

close up of vast snowcapped mountain

Close Up Of Vast Snowcapped Mountain

two ropes crossing over on the water

Two Ropes Crossing Over On The Water

waterfall amongst the forest

Waterfall Amongst The Forest

misty ocean coast with crashing waves

Misty Ocean Coast With Crashing Waves

lowrise building under a deep blue sky

Lowrise Building Under A Deep Blue Sky

beneath a freeway angled raised roads

Beneath A Freeway Angled Raised Roads

purple and white marbling abstract view

Purple And White Marbling Abstract View

soft gradient of sunset over water

Soft Gradient Of Sunset Over Water

white and blue marbling abstract view

White And Blue Marbling Abstract View

red white and blue marbling abstract view

Red White And Blue Marbling Abstract View

abstract photo of orange and green marbling

Abstract Photo Of Orange And Green Marbling

close up of colored pencils lined up

Close Up Of Colored Pencils Lined Up

a cellphone floats in the middle of orange background

A Cellphone Floats In The Middle Of Orange Background

pink and red marbling abstract view

Pink And Red Marbling Abstract View

snowy mountains blend into the sky

Snowy Mountains Blend Into The Sky

wild foliage on the hill top of a coastline

Wild Foliage On The Hill Top Of A Coastline

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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.