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.

abstract photo of red marbling into white

Abstract Photo Of Red Marbling Into White


soft gradient of sunset over water

Soft Gradient Of Sunset Over Water


abstract marbled colors in pink and purple

Abstract Marbled Colors In Pink And Purple


white flowing sheet outdoors with a wooden stool in front of it

White Flowing Sheet Outdoors With A Wooden Stool In Front Of It


worn wood texture close up

Worn Wood Texture Close Up


sunsets over still water at shore

Sunsets Over Still Water At Shore


abstract image of lime green and pink marbling

Abstract Image Of Lime Green And Pink Marbling


vibrant aqua blue water below cliff edge

Vibrant Aqua Blue Water Below Cliff Edge


golden hour reflecting on still water

Golden Hour Reflecting On Still Water


lighthouse peaks at sunset

Lighthouse Peaks At Sunset


pink and red marbling abstract view

Pink And Red Marbling Abstract View


white and blue marbling abstract view

White And Blue Marbling Abstract View


close up of a worn barn exterior

Close Up Of A Worn Barn Exterior


texture of brown hay and other grasses

Texture Of Brown Hay And Other Grasses


abstract photo of orange and green marbling

Abstract Photo Of Orange And Green Marbling


grey worn wood bends separating in the middle

Grey Worn Wood Bends Separating In The Middle


red white and blue marbling abstract view

Red White And Blue Marbling Abstract View


contoured landscape in black and white

Contoured Landscape In Black And White


small puppy plays in a fresh winter snowfall

Small Puppy Plays In A Fresh Winter Snowfall


rustic wooden barn on a stone foundation

Rustic Wooden Barn On A Stone Foundation


rustic old window in a stone building

Rustic Old Window In A Stone Building


brown grass pokes out of freshly fallen snow

Brown Grass Pokes Out Of Freshly Fallen Snow


purple and white marbling abstract view

Purple And White Marbling Abstract View


abstract image of blue white marbling

Abstract Image Of Blue White Marbling


purple and red marbling abstract view

Purple And Red Marbling Abstract View


the sun rises and paints the hills in warm light

The Sun Rises And Paints The Hills In Warm Light


colorful background with gold jewelry displayed on it

Colorful Background With Gold Jewelry Displayed On It


half blue half green background with earrings and a ring

Half Blue Half Green Background With Earrings And A Ring


half pink half blue background with stud earrings in a row

Half Pink Half Blue Background With Stud Earrings In A Row


some colorful boats docked in calm water

Some Colorful Boats Docked In Calm Water


a single tree and cow silhouetted by the sunrise

A Single Tree And Cow Silhouetted By The Sunrise


abstract image of a blue clouds surrounded by white

Abstract Image Of A Blue Clouds Surrounded By White


grassy pond with a grey mountain behind

Grassy Pond With A Grey Mountain Behind


half blue and half pink photo with earrings lined up

Half Blue And Half Pink Photo With Earrings Lined Up


close up of a wild plants green leaves

Close Up Of A Wild Plants Green Leaves


brown rolling hills with a tree lined road

Brown Rolling Hills With A Tree Lined Road


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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.