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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fall leaves create ripples in water

Fall Leaves Create Ripples In Water


Cold Winding River In A Snow Covered Forest

Cold Winding River In A Snow Covered Forest


small puppy plays in a fresh winter snowfall

Small Puppy Plays In A Fresh Winter Snowfall


roof top with red brick on clear day

Roof Top With Red Brick On Clear Day


wild grass on an ocean coastal range

Wild Grass On An Ocean Coastal Range


cliffs and black rocks and ocean view

Cliffs And Black Rocks And Ocean View


flatlay of a valentines day card with foil chocolate hearts

Flatlay Of A Valentines Day Card With Foil Chocolate Hearts


red foiled hearts on a pink background

Red Foiled Hearts On A Pink Background


black tilted microphone and a computer keyboard

Black Tilted Microphone And A Computer Keyboard


grey worn wood bends separating in the middle

Grey Worn Wood Bends Separating In The Middle


triangle of round circles create a tree light shape

Triangle Of Round Circles Create A Tree Light Shape


winged insect sits on a brown stick in a open field

Winged Insect Sits On A Brown Stick In A Open Field


blue red pink and yellow paper fanned out

Blue Red Pink And Yellow Paper Fanned Out


red foiled chocolate hearts scattered on black

Red Foiled Chocolate Hearts Scattered On Black


yellow flower that is starting to bloom

Yellow Flower That Is Starting To Bloom


a single tree in the middle of a green grassy field

A Single Tree In The Middle Of A Green Grassy Field


rocky coast line meets ocean waves

Rocky Coast Line Meets Ocean Waves


red foiled hearts scattered on a white background

Red Foiled Hearts Scattered On A White Background


hand reaches for a book next to sunglasses and a bag

Hand Reaches For A Book Next To Sunglasses And A Bag


mountains create valley shaped frame

Mountains Create Valley Shaped Frame


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


view through moss covered mountains

View Through Moss Covered Mountains


vibrant aqua blue water below cliff edge

Vibrant Aqua Blue Water Below Cliff Edge


aerial photo of a beach and aqua blue water

Aerial Photo of A Beach And Aqua Blue Water


close up of colored pencils lined up

Close Up Of Colored Pencils Lined Up


rust colored track curved and reflects in window

Rust Colored Track Curved And Reflects In Window


some colorful boats docked in calm water

Some Colorful Boats Docked In Calm Water


green foliage with pink and white flowers

Green Foliage With Pink And White Flowers


person in orange sits on dock

Person In Orange Sits On Dock


black microphone on a metal stand against deep red

Black Microphone On A Metal Stand Against Deep Red


off center vivid floral arrangement

Off Center Vivid Floral Arrangement


close up of a green leaf showing its detail

Close Up Of A Green Leaf Showing Its Detail


view of a rustic textured hillside

View Of A Rustic Textured Hillside


flatlay of blocks the middle spelling out stay well

Flatlay Of Blocks The Middle Spelling Out Stay Well


black round sunglasses on top left of blue background

Black Round Sunglasses On Top Left Of Blue Background


hands cup wooden blocks spelling the words mental health

Hands Cup Wooden Blocks Spelling The Words Mental Health


carved marble arched doorway

Carved Marble Arched Doorway


dusty planes at sunset

Dusty Planes At Sunset


abstract marbled colors in pink and purple

Abstract Marbled Colors In Pink And Purple


misty ocean coast with crashing waves

Misty Ocean Coast With Crashing Waves


golden hour reflecting on still water

Golden Hour Reflecting On Still Water


wild foliage on the hill top of a coastline

Wild Foliage On The Hill Top Of A Coastline


green leaf stems against a blue background

Green Leaf Stems Against A Blue Background


white blocks laying in colorful dots spells out smile

White Blocks Laying In Colorful Dots Spells Out Smile


wet orange and white paint filling frame

Wet Orange And White Paint Filling Frame


shenzhen cityscape

Shenzhen Cityscape


cellphone floats above a soft pink background

Cellphone Floats Above A Soft Pink Background


grassy pond with a grey mountain behind

Grassy Pond With A Grey Mountain Behind


calm glass like water with rolling hills behind

Calm Glass Like Water With Rolling Hills Behind


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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.