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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some colorful boats docked in calm water

Some Colorful Boats Docked In Calm Water

grassy pond with a grey mountain behind

Grassy Pond With A Grey Mountain Behind

person in orange sits on dock

Person In Orange Sits On Dock

view through moss covered mountains

View Through Moss Covered Mountains

view of a rustic textured hillside

View Of A Rustic Textured Hillside

cellphone floats above a soft pink background

Cellphone Floats Above A Soft Pink Background

carved marble arched doorway

Carved Marble Arched Doorway

sheet metal roof in urban china

Sheet Metal Roof In Urban China

green leaves of a plant

Green Leaves Of A Plant

wooden blocks lay in colorful dots and spell smile

Wooden Blocks Lay In Colorful Dots And Spell Smile

golden hour reflecting on still water

Golden Hour Reflecting On Still Water

side of a building with remains of an old poster

Side Of A Building With Remains Of An Old Poster

ocean meets rocky peninsula

Ocean Meets Rocky Peninsula

lone tree in a green grassy field

Lone Tree In A Green Grassy Field

rustic old window in a stone building

Rustic Old Window In A Stone Building

red green and white lines of a track

Red Green And White Lines Of A Track

beige and white building with a balcony

Beige And White Building With A Balcony

colorful lines in a gradient

Colorful Lines In A Gradient

wild foliage on the hill top of a coastline

Wild Foliage On The Hill Top Of A Coastline

wooden colored pencils scattered on pink and blue balls

Wooden Colored Pencils Scattered On Pink And Blue Balls

dusty planes at sunset

Dusty Planes At Sunset

corner of a yellow buildings against. a blue sky

Corner Of A Yellow Buildings Against. A Blue Sky

calm glass like water with rolling hills behind

Calm Glass Like Water With Rolling Hills Behind

a closed grey curtain surrounded by a grey wall

A Closed Grey Curtain Surrounded By A Grey Wall

contoured landscape in black and white

Contoured Landscape In Black And White

misty ocean coast with crashing waves

Misty Ocean Coast With Crashing Waves

off center vivid floral arrangement

Off Center Vivid Floral Arrangement

repeat pattern of a toy turtle on a blue background

Repeat Pattern Of A Toy Turtle On A Blue Background

close up of a wild plants green leaves

Close Up Of A Wild Plants Green Leaves

blank wood frame chalkboard hangs on a blue wall

Blank Wood Frame Chalkboard Hangs On A Blue Wall

novel lays open on dark blue linen fabric

Novel Lays Open On Dark Blue Linen Fabric

mountain top view over range

Mountain Top View Over Range

photo of a street corner where two buildings meet

Photo Of A Street Corner Where Two Buildings Meet

looking up the the corner of a checkered building

Looking Up The The Corner Of A Checkered Building

large leaves of a green plant overlaid

Large Leaves Of A Green Plant Overlaid

two white daisies in a green field

Two White Daisies In A Green Field

two small wooden chair with striped fabric

Two Small Wooden Chair With Striped Fabric

green leaves of lush green plants

Green Leaves Of Lush Green Plants

silhouetted people sitting on rocks by the setting sun

Silhouetted People Sitting On Rocks By The Setting Sun

close up of a green leaf showing its detail

Close Up Of A Green Leaf Showing Its Detail

a black microphone mounted on a stand

A Black Microphone Mounted On A Stand

shenzhen cityscape

Shenzhen Cityscape

black round sunglasses on top right of yellow background

Black Round Sunglasses On Top Right Of Yellow Background

colored pencils scattered on pink and blue balls

Colored Pencils Scattered On Pink And Blue Balls

side of a building with no windows and a fences shadow

Side Of A Building With No Windows And A Fences Shadow

a close up view of a fern outdoors

A Close Up View Of A Fern Outdoors

close up of a leaves texture with thick stem

Close Up Of A Leaves Texture With Thick Stem

pink sunglasses on a pink surface

Pink Sunglasses On A Pink Surface

side of white building with windows and black balconies

Side Of White Building With Windows And Black Balconies

forest with rocks and road

Forest With Rocks And Road

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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.