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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close up texture of metal criss cross tread

Close Up Texture Of Metal Criss Cross Tread

two people on a roof together taking in the sunset

Two People On A Roof Together Taking In The Sunset

close up of variegated leaves

Close Up Of Variegated Leaves

a hand holding a mobile phone while looking at photos

A Hand Holding A Mobile Phone While Looking At Photos

flamingos standing in water with mountains in distance

Flamingos Standing In Water With Mountains In Distance

a lighthouse sits on top of a cliff

A Lighthouse Sits On Top Of A Cliff

a single tree and cow silhouetted by the sunrise

A Single Tree And Cow Silhouetted By The Sunrise

black microphone on a metal stand against deep red

Black Microphone On A Metal Stand Against Deep Red

modern residential building under bright sun

Modern Residential Building Under Bright Sun

get started today sign on stone

Get Started Today Sign On Stone

a lake side view of rocky mountains

A Lake Side View Of Rocky Mountains

hidden mountain paradise

Hidden Mountain Paradise

single wheat sheaf lays against a lit blue background

Single Wheat Sheaf Lays Against A Lit Blue Background

close up of a worn barn exterior

Close Up Of A Worn Barn Exterior

sunlight creates shadows from an overpass

Sunlight Creates Shadows From An Overpass

red foiled chocolate hearts against a pink background

Red Foiled Chocolate Hearts Against A Pink Background

red foiled hearts lay on a light blue background

Red Foiled Hearts Lay On A Light Blue Background

roofs tops overlooking a packed city

Roofs Tops Overlooking A Packed City

under a bridge with patterned shadows

Under A Bridge With Patterned Shadows

stream meets the sea at sunset

Stream Meets The Sea At Sunset

maple branch & buds

Maple Branch & Buds

close up of the ends of colored pencils

Close Up Of The Ends Of Colored Pencils

farmland landscape with pointy tall trees

Farmland Landscape With Pointy Tall Trees

pond on a mountain range reflecting the mountain view

Pond On A Mountain Range Reflecting The Mountain View

tide rushes into shore on hazy morning

Tide Rushes Into Shore On Hazy Morning

top of fern branches against black

Top Of Fern Branches Against Black

large cloudy sky overlooking water and islands

Large Cloudy Sky Overlooking Water And Islands

view of the coast on a clear day

View Of The Coast On A Clear Day

triangle of round circles create a tree light shape

Triangle Of Round Circles Create A Tree Light Shape

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

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

observation deck of cn tower

Observation Deck Of CN Tower

lighthouse peaks over a cliff at sunset

Lighthouse Peaks Over A Cliff At Sunset

pineapple with aviator sunglasses

Pineapple With Aviator Sunglasses

close up of a painted cement wall with splashes of colour

Close Up Of A Painted Cement Wall With Splashes Of Colour

waves crash on side of seastack

Waves Crash On Side Of Seastack

natural light on bright floral arrangement

Natural Light On Bright Floral Arrangement

orange light rays over boastline at sunset

Orange Light Rays Over Boastline At Sunset

flatlay of a valentines day card with foil chocolate hearts

Flatlay Of A Valentines Day Card With Foil Chocolate Hearts

aerial view of water treatment plant

Aerial View Of Water Treatment Plant

american mountain skyline

American Mountain Skyline

aqua blue river surrounded by trees

Aqua Blue River Surrounded By Trees

sunlight ducks below the horizon

Sunlight Ducks Below The Horizon

small puppy plays in a fresh winter snowfall

Small Puppy Plays In A Fresh Winter Snowfall

blades of tall arching lush green grass

Blades Of Tall Arching Lush Green Grass

berlin at sunset on a clear day

Berlin At Sunset On A Clear Day

the berlin tower at twilight

The Berlin Tower At Twilight

the first light of day over a mountain range

The First Light Of Day Over A Mountain Range

aerial view of a green forest

Aerial View Of A Green Forest

water treatment plant from above

Water Treatment Plant From Above

sunsets in the desert silhouetting a person

Sunsets In The Desert Silhouetting A Person

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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.