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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triangle of round circles create a tree light shape

Triangle Of Round Circles Create A Tree Light Shape


weathered foliage with detailed leaves

Weathered Foliage With Detailed Leaves


mountain top view over range

Mountain Top View Over Range


brown rolling hills with a tree lined road

Brown Rolling Hills With A Tree Lined Road


rocky hill top reflects mountains in a pool of water

Rocky Hill Top Reflects Mountains In A Pool Of Water


hand reaches for a book next to sunglasses and a bag

Hand Reaches For A Book Next To Sunglasses And A Bag


lighthouse on the coastside

Lighthouse On The Coastside


abstract image of blue white marbling

Abstract Image Of Blue White Marbling


green foliage with pink and white flowers

Green Foliage With Pink And White Flowers


lighthouse peaks at sunset

Lighthouse Peaks At Sunset


sunsets over still water at shore

Sunsets Over Still Water At Shore


silhouetted people sitting on rocks by the setting sun

Silhouetted People Sitting On Rocks By The Setting Sun


abstract image of a blue clouds surrounded by white

Abstract Image Of A Blue Clouds Surrounded By White


side of white building with windows and black balconies

Side Of White Building With Windows And Black Balconies


side of a white metropolitan building with large windows

Side Of A White Metropolitan Building With Large Windows


a black mounted metal microphone against red

A Black Mounted Metal Microphone Against Red


four black microphones lay on a pink background

Four Black Microphones Lay On A Pink Background


hand grips a black microphone against red background

Hand Grips A Black Microphone Against Red Background


wooden colored pencils scattered on pink and blue balls

Wooden Colored Pencils Scattered On Pink And Blue Balls


colored pencils scattered on pink and blue balls

Colored Pencils Scattered On Pink And Blue Balls


a black microphone mounted on a stand

A Black Microphone Mounted On A Stand


black microphones pattern on a yellow background

Black Microphones Pattern On A Yellow Background


black microphone on a metal stand against deep red

Black Microphone On A Metal Stand Against Deep Red


a black microphone lays on yellow backdrop

A Black Microphone Lays On Yellow Backdrop


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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.