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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sunsets in the desert silhouetting a person

Sunsets In The Desert Silhouetting A Person


low tide seaside rocks

Low Tide Seaside Rocks


water treatment plant from above

Water Treatment Plant From Above


view of a marina and an island airport

View Of A Marina And An Island Airport


vivid flower arrangement in all colors

Vivid Flower Arrangement In All Colors


calm water laps the shoreline

Calm Water Laps The Shoreline


snow covered trees line a snowy road

Snow Covered Trees Line A Snowy Road


roof top with red brick on clear day

Roof Top With Red Brick On Clear Day


low tide rock formations

Low Tide Rock Formations


red foiled hearts on a pink background

Red Foiled Hearts On A Pink Background


rust colored track curved and reflects in window

Rust Colored Track Curved And Reflects In Window


pathway upwards on a steep cliff

Pathway Upwards On A Steep Cliff


a cellphone floats in the middle of orange background

A Cellphone Floats In The Middle Of Orange Background


winged insect sits on a brown stick in a open field

Winged Insect Sits On A Brown Stick In A Open Field


hand reaches for a book next to sunglasses and a bag

Hand Reaches For A Book Next To Sunglasses And A Bag


roof tops at sunset in an industrial setting

Roof Tops At Sunset In An Industrial Setting


snow covered mountains reflect on the water by a fall forest

Snow Covered Mountains Reflect On The Water By A Fall Forest


hands cup wooden blocks spelling the words mental health

Hands Cup Wooden Blocks Spelling The Words Mental Health


hikers on a red sandy desert hill

Hikers On A Red Sandy Desert Hill


slices of homemade pizza with olives on a green plate

Slices Of Homemade Pizza With Olives On A Green Plate


cheery blossom flowers from below

Cheery Blossom Flowers From Below


circular metal structure against a blue sky

Circular Metal Structure Against A Blue Sky


aerial photo of a beach and aqua blue water

Aerial Photo of A Beach And Aqua Blue Water


vibrant aqua blue water below cliff edge

Vibrant Aqua Blue Water Below Cliff Edge


red foiled chocolate hearts scattered on black

Red Foiled Chocolate Hearts Scattered On Black


Cold Winding River In A Snow Covered Forest

Cold Winding River In A Snow Covered Forest


yellow flower that is starting to bloom

Yellow Flower That Is Starting To Bloom


red foiled hearts scattered on a white background

Red Foiled Hearts Scattered On A White Background


rocky coast line meets ocean waves

Rocky Coast Line Meets Ocean Waves


fall leaves create ripples in water

Fall Leaves Create Ripples In Water


brick building with pillars

Brick Building With Pillars


detailed fern leaves close up

Detailed Fern Leaves Close Up


brown wall lit up with a yellow light at top

Brown Wall Lit Up With A Yellow Light At Top


white blocks laying in colorful dots spells out smile

White Blocks Laying In Colorful Dots Spells Out Smile


close up of colored pencils lined up

Close Up Of Colored Pencils Lined Up


green foliage with pink and white flowers

Green Foliage With Pink And White Flowers


wild grass on an ocean coastal range

Wild Grass On An Ocean Coastal Range


close up of a daisy with yellow center

Close Up Of A Daisy With Yellow Center


green tree with small orange fruit on branches

Green Tree With Small Orange Fruit On Branches


portrait of a woman with long brown hair and crossed arms

Portrait Of A Woman With Long Brown Hair And Crossed Arms


a single tree in the middle of a green grassy field

A Single Tree In The Middle Of A Green Grassy Field


the top corner of a pineapple against pink

The Top Corner Of A Pineapple Against Pink


flatlay of blocks the middle spelling out stay well

Flatlay Of Blocks The Middle Spelling Out Stay Well


cliffs and black rocks and ocean view

Cliffs And Black Rocks And Ocean View


abstract marbled colors in pink and purple

Abstract Marbled Colors In Pink And Purple


lined cell phones floating above orange rocks

Lined Cell Phones Floating Above Orange Rocks


black round sunglasses on top left of blue background

Black Round Sunglasses On Top Left Of Blue Background


photo of large deep green plant leaves

Photo Of Large Deep Green Plant Leaves


mountains create valley shaped frame

Mountains Create Valley Shaped Frame


grassy pond with a grey mountain behind

Grassy Pond With A Grey Mountain 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.