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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aerial photo of a beach and aqua blue water

Aerial Photo of A Beach And Aqua Blue Water

grassy pond with a grey mountain behind

Grassy Pond With A Grey Mountain Behind

hand reaches for a book next to sunglasses and a bag

Hand Reaches For A Book Next To Sunglasses And A Bag

white clouds in a soft blue sky on warm summer day

White Clouds In A Soft Blue Sky On Warm Summer Day

blue and white lighthouse at sunset

Blue And White Lighthouse At Sunset

green foliage with pink and white flowers

Green Foliage With Pink And White Flowers

cellphone levitates above an orange background

Cellphone Levitates Above An Orange Background

rustic old window in a stone building

Rustic Old Window In A Stone Building

a black mounted metal microphone against red

A Black Mounted Metal Microphone Against Red

open stone courtyard with white archways

Open Stone Courtyard With White Archways

vast snowcapped mountain under grey sky

Vast Snowcapped Mountain Under Grey Sky

rustic wooden barn on a stone foundation

Rustic Wooden Barn On A Stone Foundation

hand grips a black microphone against red background

Hand Grips A Black Microphone Against Red Background

brown grass pokes out of freshly fallen snow

Brown Grass Pokes Out Of Freshly Fallen Snow

rustic tropical coastline

Rustic Tropical Coastline

silhouetted people sitting on rocks by the setting sun

Silhouetted People Sitting On Rocks By The Setting Sun

brown rolling hills with a tree lined road

Brown Rolling Hills With A Tree Lined Road

rust colored track curved and reflects in window

Rust Colored Track Curved And Reflects In Window

green and orange textured fern leaf

Green And Orange Textured Fern Leaf

microphone on stand left of frame against blue

Microphone On Stand Left Of Frame Against Blue

mountain top view over range

Mountain Top View Over Range

black round sunglasses on top left of blue background

Black Round Sunglasses On Top Left Of Blue Background

black microphone set against a pink background

Black Microphone Set Against A Pink Background

flatlay of blocks the middle spelling out stay well

Flatlay Of Blocks The Middle Spelling Out Stay Well

side of white building with windows and black balconies

Side Of White Building With Windows And Black Balconies

hazy ocean views

Hazy Ocean Views

black microphones pattern on a yellow background

Black Microphones Pattern On A Yellow Background

wooden colored pencils scattered on pink and blue balls

Wooden Colored Pencils Scattered On Pink And Blue Balls

green leaves of a plant

Green Leaves Of A Plant

white blocks laying in colorful dots spells out smile

White Blocks Laying In Colorful Dots Spells Out Smile

wooden blocks lay in colorful dots and spell smile

Wooden Blocks Lay In Colorful Dots And Spell Smile

abstract image of blue white marbling

Abstract Image Of Blue White Marbling

white wooden beads spell out stay well

White Wooden Beads Spell Out Stay Well

a black microphone mounted on a stand

A Black Microphone Mounted On A Stand

rocky hill top reflects mountains in a pool of water

Rocky Hill Top Reflects Mountains In A Pool Of Water

weathered foliage with detailed leaves

Weathered Foliage With Detailed Leaves

colored pencils scattered on pink and blue balls

Colored Pencils Scattered On Pink And Blue Balls

black microphone on a metal stand against deep red

Black Microphone On A Metal Stand Against Deep Red

circular metal structure against a blue sky

Circular Metal Structure Against A Blue Sky

flatlay of blocks spelling lets dance on colorful dots

Flatlay Of Blocks Spelling Lets Dance On Colorful Dots

wooden block spell out smile laying on colorful dots

Wooden Block Spell Out Smile Laying On Colorful Dots

black tilted microphone and a computer keyboard

Black Tilted Microphone And A Computer Keyboard

black round sunglasses on top right of yellow background

Black Round Sunglasses On Top Right Of Yellow Background

lighthouse on the coastside

Lighthouse On The Coastside

wooden blocks with black letters spell lets dance

Wooden Blocks With Black Letters Spell Lets Dance

red green and white lines of a track

Red Green And White Lines Of A Track

a black microphone lays on yellow backdrop

A Black Microphone Lays On Yellow Backdrop

side of a building with silver doors

Side Of A Building With Silver Doors

hands cup wooden blocks spelling the words mental health

Hands Cup Wooden Blocks Spelling The Words Mental Health

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.