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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pond on a mountain range reflecting the mountain view

Pond On A Mountain Range Reflecting The Mountain View

queen anns lace texture

Queen Anns Lace Texture

purple and green leaves against black

Purple And Green Leaves Against Black

large cloudy sky overlooking water and islands

Large Cloudy Sky Overlooking Water And Islands

flamingos standing in water with mountains in distance

Flamingos Standing In Water With Mountains In Distance

large ornate church doorway and pillars

Large Ornate Church Doorway And Pillars

modern residential building under bright sun

Modern Residential Building Under Bright Sun

macintosh apple trees in orchard

Macintosh Apple Trees In Orchard

view of the coast on a clear day

View Of The Coast On A Clear Day

a hand holding a mobile phone while looking at photos

A Hand Holding A Mobile Phone While Looking At Photos

red foiled hearts lay on a light blue background

Red Foiled Hearts Lay On A Light Blue Background

broken stem in dry field

Broken Stem In Dry Field

aged sports field risers

Aged Sports Field Risers

person cups a blank piece of white paper in hands

Person Cups A Blank Piece Of White Paper In Hands

orange pumpkin pile close up

Orange Pumpkin Pile Close Up

dry sunflower field texture

Dry Sunflower Field Texture

under a bridge with patterned shadows

Under A Bridge With Patterned Shadows

sunlight creates shadows from an overpass

Sunlight Creates Shadows From An Overpass

three pine cones on crinkled paper

Three Pine Cones On Crinkled Paper

oceanside town at sunset

Oceanside Town At Sunset

stream meets the sea at sunset

Stream Meets The Sea At Sunset

person in a straw hat faces toward a blue sky

Person In A Straw Hat Faces Toward A Blue Sky

top of fern branches against black

Top Of Fern Branches Against Black

aqua blue river surrounded by trees

Aqua Blue River Surrounded By Trees

red foiled hearts on a pink background

Red Foiled Hearts On A Pink Background

red tailed hawk bird of prey

Red Tailed Hawk Bird Of Prey

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

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

sunlight ducks below the horizon

Sunlight Ducks Below The Horizon

a lighthouse sits on top of a cliff

A Lighthouse Sits On Top Of A Cliff

pathway upwards on a steep cliff

Pathway Upwards On A Steep Cliff

view of a marina and an island airport

View Of A Marina And An Island Airport

roofs tops overlooking a packed city

Roofs Tops Overlooking A Packed City

green foliage with pink and white flowers

Green Foliage With Pink And White Flowers

the first light of day over a mountain range

The First Light Of Day Over A Mountain Range

a cellphone floats in the middle of orange background

A Cellphone Floats In The Middle Of Orange Background

water tower at camp

Water Tower At Camp

farmland landscape with pointy tall trees

Farmland Landscape With Pointy Tall Trees

orange light rays over boastline at sunset

Orange Light Rays Over Boastline At Sunset

clay temple rooftop

Clay Temple Rooftop

white crane head closeup

White Crane Head Closeup

abstract marbled colors in pink and purple

Abstract Marbled Colors In Pink And Purple

leaf floating in rocky stream

Leaf Floating In Rocky Stream

red foiled hearts scattered on a white background

Red Foiled Hearts Scattered On A White Background

grassy pond with a grey mountain behind

Grassy Pond With A Grey Mountain Behind

roof tops at sunset in an industrial setting

Roof Tops At Sunset In An Industrial Setting

white crane in water walking forward

White Crane In Water Walking Forward

the berlin tower at twilight

The Berlin Tower At Twilight

sunsets in the desert silhouetting a person

Sunsets In The Desert Silhouetting A Person

large leaves of a green plant overlaid

Large Leaves Of A Green Plant Overlaid

calm water laps the shoreline

Calm Water Laps The Shoreline

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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.