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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blueberries on linen

Blueberries On Linen


sparkler at night

Sparkler At Night


lakeside forest

Lakeside Forest


international money

International Money


writing tools

Writing Tools


pride dog

Pride Dog


paint brushes, palette & canvas

Paint Brushes, Palette & Canvas


campfire

Campfire


vine brick background

Vine Brick Background


red green pepper pile

Red Green Pepper Pile


leaves & white brick background

Leaves & White Brick Background


green plants background

Green Plants Background


fresh oranges pile

Fresh Oranges Pile


fresh market vegetables

Fresh Market Vegetables


bright yellow brick

Bright Yellow Brick


black white wall

Black White Wall


black & white concrete background

Black & White Concrete Background


aged wood & brick

Aged Wood & Brick


white ferry in water

White Ferry In Water


tropical ocean boat

Tropical Ocean Boat


red moon and stars

Red Moon And Stars


puppy at the beach

Puppy At The Beach


oceanside mountains in indonesia

Oceanside Mountains In Indonesia


ocean waves crashing

Ocean Waves Crashing


iphone photography landscape

iPhone Photography Landscape


hiker climbing mountains

Hiker Climbing Mountains


flying over mountains

Flying Over Mountains


feet hanging over cliff

Feet Hanging Over Cliff


fashionable man by textured wall

Fashionable Man By Textured Wall


boat in ocean indonesia

Boat In Ocean Indonesia


boat in clear blue ocean

Boat In Clear Blue Ocean


beautiful day at the beach

Beautiful Day At The Beach


bicycle in the garden

Bicycle In The Garden


yellow regal filagree pattern

Yellow Regal Filagree Pattern


snow monkey in japan

Snow Monkey In Japan


red textured wall

Red Textured Wall


one single daisy

One Single Daisy


long forest path

Long Forest Path


dreamy clouds

Dreamy Clouds


delicate flower

Delicate Flower


dead end in the forest

Dead End In The Forest


tropical waterfall

Tropical Waterfall


thailand beach

Thailand Beach


sun setting over ocean

Sun Setting Over Ocean


salvador dali desert

Salvador Dali Desert


railay beach krabi thailand

Railay Beach Krabi Thailand


palm trees sky

Palm Trees Sky


fishing boat in thailand

Fishing Boat In Thailand


bolivia salt flats

Bolivia Salt Flats


boardwalk by the ocean

Boardwalk By The Ocean


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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.