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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texture of large green leaves in shadows

Texture Of Large Green Leaves In Shadows

close up of a green plant in the night

Close Up Of A Green Plant In The Night

light leaks on silky water close up

Light Leaks On Silky Water Close Up

close up of a worn barn exterior

Close Up Of A Worn Barn Exterior

a cellphone floats in the middle of orange background

A Cellphone Floats In The Middle Of Orange Background

abstract image of paper in pink and blue stripes

Abstract Image Of Paper In Pink And Blue Stripes

winged insect sits on a brown stick in a open field

Winged Insect Sits On A Brown Stick In A Open Field

yellow flower that is starting to bloom

Yellow Flower That Is Starting To Bloom

aerial view of lake surrounded by mountains

Aerial View Of Lake Surrounded By Mountains

abstract image of three triangles of color

Abstract Image Of Three Triangles Of Color

abstract triangles of red orange and blue

Abstract Triangles Of Red Orange And Blue

purple and red marbling abstract view

Purple And Red Marbling Abstract View

close up of colored pencils lined up

Close Up Of Colored Pencils Lined Up

wild foliage on the hill top of a coastline

Wild Foliage On The Hill Top Of A Coastline

small puppy plays in a fresh winter snowfall

Small Puppy Plays In A Fresh Winter Snowfall

misty ocean coast with crashing waves

Misty Ocean Coast With Crashing Waves

bundle of lavender against a yellow backdrop

Bundle Of Lavender Against A Yellow Backdrop

triangle made of round circles

Triangle Made Of Round Circles

two ropes crossing over on the water

Two Ropes Crossing Over On The Water

yellow wall with lines and a white sign saying summer

Yellow Wall With Lines And A White Sign Saying Summer

close up of vast snowcapped mountain

Close Up Of Vast Snowcapped Mountain

beige and white building with a balcony

Beige And White Building With A Balcony

texture of brown hay and other grasses

Texture Of Brown Hay And Other Grasses

yellow and blue patterned paper background

Yellow And Blue Patterned Paper Background

vibrant aqua blue water below cliff edge

Vibrant Aqua Blue Water Below Cliff Edge

lone tree in a green grassy field

Lone Tree In A Green Grassy Field

waterfall amongst the forest

Waterfall Amongst The Forest

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

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

golden hour reflecting on still water

Golden Hour Reflecting On Still Water

close up of a wild plants green leaves

Close Up Of A Wild Plants Green Leaves

grey worn wood bends separating in the middle

Grey Worn Wood Bends Separating In The Middle

cellphone floats above a soft pink background

Cellphone Floats Above A Soft Pink Background

red fabric illuminated by the sun

Red Fabric Illuminated By The Sun

lowrise building under a deep blue sky

Lowrise Building Under A Deep Blue Sky

all the autumn colors seen from above

All The Autumn Colors Seen From Above

a close up view of a fern outdoors

A Close Up View Of A Fern Outdoors

some colorful boats docked in calm water

Some Colorful Boats Docked In Calm Water

cn tower against the blue toronto sky

CN Tower Against The Blue Toronto Sky

fluffy clouds in a light blue sky on a clear summer day

Fluffy Clouds In A Light Blue Sky On A Clear Summer Day

looking up the the corner of a checkered building

Looking Up The The Corner Of A Checkered Building

beneath a freeway angled raised roads

Beneath A Freeway Angled Raised Roads

carved marble arched doorway

Carved Marble Arched Doorway

tiny boats navigate choppy waters

Tiny Boats Navigate Choppy Waters

abstract marbled colors in pink and purple

Abstract Marbled Colors In Pink And Purple

snowy mountains blend into the sky

Snowy Mountains Blend Into The Sky

contoured landscape in black and white

Contoured Landscape In Black And White

two white daisies in a green field

Two White Daisies In A Green Field

triangle of round circles create a tree light shape

Triangle Of Round Circles Create A Tree Light Shape

calm glass like water with rolling hills behind

Calm Glass Like Water With Rolling Hills Behind

blue and white lighthouse at sunset

Blue And White Lighthouse At Sunset

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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.