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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hillside lake and town

Hillside Lake And Town

forest with rocks and road

Forest With Rocks And Road

beige and white building with a balcony

Beige And White Building With A Balcony

grassy pond with a grey mountain behind

Grassy Pond With A Grey Mountain Behind

looking up the the corner of a checkered building

Looking Up The The Corner Of A Checkered Building

circular metal structure against a blue sky

Circular Metal Structure Against A Blue Sky

rustic old window in a stone building

Rustic Old Window In A Stone Building

contoured landscape in black and white

Contoured Landscape In Black And White

cliffs form shadows by the sea

Cliffs Form Shadows By The Sea

close up of a wild plants green leaves

Close Up Of A Wild Plants Green Leaves

portrait of textured of large green leaves

Portrait Of Textured Of Large Green Leaves

two ropes crossing over on the water

Two Ropes Crossing Over On The Water

wooden blocks lay in colorful dots and spell smile

Wooden Blocks Lay In Colorful Dots And Spell Smile

silhouetted people sitting on rocks by the setting sun

Silhouetted People Sitting On Rocks By The Setting Sun

two white daisies in a green field

Two White Daisies In A Green Field

wooden colored pencils scattered on pink and blue balls

Wooden Colored Pencils Scattered On Pink And Blue Balls

the top corner of a pineapple against pink

The Top Corner Of A Pineapple Against Pink

wooden block spell out smile laying on colorful dots

Wooden Block Spell Out Smile Laying On Colorful Dots

a close up view of a fern outdoors

A Close Up View Of A Fern Outdoors

a closed grey curtain surrounded by a grey wall

A Closed Grey Curtain Surrounded By A Grey Wall

side of a building with remains of an old poster

Side Of A Building With Remains Of An Old Poster

close up texture of metal criss cross tread

Close Up Texture Of Metal Criss Cross Tread

cellphone levitates above an orange background

Cellphone Levitates Above An Orange Background

mountain top view over range

Mountain Top View Over Range

a black microphone mounted on a stand

A Black Microphone Mounted On A Stand

light leaks on silky water close up

Light Leaks On Silky Water Close Up

green leaf stems against a blue background

Green Leaf Stems Against A Blue Background

texture of large green leaves in shadows

Texture Of Large Green Leaves In Shadows

side of white building with windows and black balconies

Side Of White Building With Windows And Black Balconies

large leaves of a green plant overlaid

Large Leaves Of A Green Plant Overlaid

aerial view of lake surrounded by mountains

Aerial View Of Lake Surrounded By Mountains

white wooden beads spell out stay well

White Wooden Beads Spell Out Stay Well

colored pencils scattered on pink and blue balls

Colored Pencils Scattered On Pink And Blue Balls

close up of a green plant in the night

Close Up Of A Green Plant In The Night

red green and white lines of a track

Red Green And White Lines Of A Track

black round sunglasses on top right of yellow background

Black Round Sunglasses On Top Right Of Yellow Background

flatlay of blocks spelling lets dance on colorful dots

Flatlay Of Blocks Spelling Lets Dance On Colorful Dots

wet orange and white paint filling frame

Wet Orange And White Paint Filling Frame

cn tower against the blue toronto sky

CN Tower Against The Blue Toronto Sky

beneath a freeway angled raised roads

Beneath A Freeway Angled Raised Roads

red and white hearts scattered on pink surface

Red And White Hearts Scattered On Pink Surface

pink sunglasses on a pink surface

Pink Sunglasses On A Pink Surface

abstract image of blue white marbling

Abstract Image Of Blue White Marbling

yellow wall with a section of exposed brick

Yellow Wall With A Section Of Exposed Brick

all the autumn colors seen from above

All The Autumn Colors Seen From Above

open stone courtyard with white archways

Open Stone Courtyard With White Archways

photo of a street corner where two buildings meet

Photo Of A Street Corner Where Two Buildings Meet

two small wooden chair with striped fabric

Two Small Wooden Chair With Striped Fabric

lined cell phones floating above orange rocks

Lined Cell Phones Floating Above Orange Rocks

side of a building with no windows and a fences shadow

Side Of A Building With No Windows And A Fences Shadow

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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.