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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orange becomes yellow

Orange Becomes Yellow


abstract blue

Abstract Blue


sunset waves

Sunset Waves


white hydrangea blossoms with water

White Hydrangea Blossoms With Water


plants after rain

Plants After Rain


dusty rose

Dusty Rose


delicate pink roses

Delicate Pink Roses


cloudy sky from above

Cloudy Sky From Above


closeup of water on green leaf

Closeup Of Water On Green Leaf


green pink succulent

Green Pink Succulent


lucky rock with clover

Lucky Rock With Clover


fuchsia blossom closeup

Fuchsia Blossom Closeup


light pink gerbera daisy

Light Pink Gerbera Daisy


desert plant wall

Desert Plant Wall


delicate plant life

Delicate Plant Life


green leaf closeup

Green Leaf Closeup


fuchsia white blossoming flowers

Fuchsia White Blossoming Flowers


dark green foliage

Dark Green Foliage


bright green plant closeup

Bright Green Plant Closeup


delicate orange flowers

Delicate Orange Flowers


yellow spotted leaves

Yellow Spotted Leaves


waxy leaves

Waxy Leaves


water drops in fish pond

Water Drops In Fish Pond


water catching plant

Water Catching Plant


tropical purple flowers

Tropical Purple Flowers


tiny green leaves up close

Tiny Green Leaves Up Close


stone surrounded by ground cover

Stone Surrounded By Ground Cover


seeds & pebbles

Seeds & Pebbles


red tropical flower

Red Tropical Flower


purple summer blossom

Purple Summer Blossom


purple spotted flowers

Purple Spotted Flowers


purple foxgloves

Purple Foxgloves


prickly cactus plant

Prickly Cactus Plant


plant wall on angle

Plant Wall On Angle


plant wall of succulents

Plant Wall Of Succulents


pink lilies in bloom

Pink Lilies In Bloom


palm leaves

Palm Leaves


orange blooms closeup

Orange Blooms Closeup


natural wood fence

Natural Wood Fence


skateboard in sky

Skateboard In Sky


mountain palm trees

Mountain Palm Trees


city bridge at dusk

City Bridge At Dusk


waters edge & plants

Waters Edge & Plants


traveller looks down

Traveller Looks Down


tall trees from below

Tall Trees From Below


looking up at trees

Looking Up At Trees


grass by creek

Grass By Creek


closeup of clover leaves

Closeup Of Clover Leaves


wall of succulents

Wall Of Succulents


purple orchid closeup

Purple Orchid Closeup


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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.