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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farmland landscape with pointy tall trees

Farmland Landscape With Pointy Tall Trees

hidden mountain paradise

Hidden Mountain Paradise

close up of variegated leaves

Close Up Of Variegated Leaves

water tower at camp

Water Tower At Camp

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

white crane head closeup

White Crane Head Closeup

abstract image of blue white marbling

Abstract Image Of Blue White Marbling

white crane in water walking forward

White Crane In Water Walking Forward

get started today sign on stone

Get Started Today Sign On Stone

leaf floating in rocky stream

Leaf Floating In Rocky Stream

sunsets in the desert silhouetting a person

Sunsets In The Desert Silhouetting A Person

tide rushes into shore on hazy morning

Tide Rushes Into Shore On Hazy Morning

steaming winter water under train bridge

Steaming Winter Water Under Train Bridge

black round sunglasses on top right of yellow background

Black Round Sunglasses On Top Right Of Yellow Background

some colorful boats docked in calm water

Some Colorful Boats Docked In Calm Water

mountain top view over range

Mountain Top View Over Range

snow covered trees line a snowy road

Snow Covered Trees Line A Snowy Road

snow covered mountains reflect on the water by a fall forest

Snow Covered Mountains Reflect On The Water By A Fall Forest

hikers on a red sandy desert hill

Hikers On A Red Sandy Desert Hill

a single tree in the middle of a green grassy field

A Single Tree In The Middle Of A Green Grassy Field

side of a building with no windows and a fences shadow

Side Of A Building With No Windows And A Fences Shadow

waves crash on side of seastack

Waves Crash On Side Of Seastack

lighthouse peaks over a cliff at sunset

Lighthouse Peaks Over A Cliff At Sunset

cellphone floats above a soft pink background

Cellphone Floats Above A Soft Pink Background

view through moss covered mountains

View Through Moss Covered Mountains

ominous building seen from below

Ominous Building Seen From Below

view of a rustic textured hillside

View Of A Rustic Textured Hillside

cliffs and black rocks and ocean view

Cliffs And Black Rocks And Ocean View

close up of a leaves texture with thick stem

Close Up Of A Leaves Texture With Thick Stem

cheery blossom flowers from below

Cheery Blossom Flowers From Below

a black microphone mounted on a stand

A Black Microphone Mounted On A Stand

three pairs of sunglasses lay on a pink background

Three Pairs Of Sunglasses Lay On A Pink Background

Cold Winding River In A Snow Covered Forest

Cold Winding River In A Snow Covered Forest

contoured landscape in black and white

Contoured Landscape In Black And White

lone tree in a green grassy field

Lone Tree In A Green Grassy Field

person in orange sits on dock

Person In Orange Sits On Dock

fall leaves create ripples in water

Fall Leaves Create Ripples In Water

close up of a wild plants green leaves

Close Up Of A Wild Plants Green Leaves

pink sunglasses sit in the middle of the frame

Pink Sunglasses Sit In The Middle Of The Frame

maple branch & buds

Maple Branch & Buds

two white daisies in a green field

Two White Daisies In A Green Field

aerial view of water treatment plant

Aerial View Of Water Treatment Plant

wild grass on an ocean coastal range

Wild Grass On An Ocean Coastal Range

calm glass like water with rolling hills behind

Calm Glass Like Water With Rolling Hills Behind

silhouetted people sitting on rocks by the setting sun

Silhouetted People Sitting On Rocks By The Setting Sun

off center vivid floral arrangement

Off Center Vivid Floral Arrangement

wild foliage on the hill top of a coastline

Wild Foliage On The Hill Top Of A Coastline

water treatment plant from above

Water Treatment Plant From Above

american mountain skyline

American Mountain Skyline

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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.