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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large leaves of a green plant overlaid

Large Leaves Of A Green Plant Overlaid


berlin at sunset on a clear day

Berlin At Sunset On A Clear Day


yellow flower that is starting to bloom

Yellow Flower That Is Starting To Bloom


mountains create valley shaped frame

Mountains Create Valley Shaped Frame


hidden mountain paradise

Hidden Mountain Paradise


steaming winter water under train bridge

Steaming Winter Water Under Train Bridge


close up of variegated leaves

Close Up Of Variegated Leaves


get started today sign on stone

Get Started Today Sign On Stone


aerial view of a green forest

Aerial View Of A Green Forest


golden hour reflecting on still water

Golden Hour Reflecting On Still Water


snow covered trees line a snowy road

Snow Covered Trees Line A Snowy Road


tide rushes into shore on hazy morning

Tide Rushes Into Shore On Hazy Morning


black round sunglasses on top right of yellow background

Black Round Sunglasses On Top Right Of Yellow Background


rocky coast line meets ocean waves

Rocky Coast Line Meets Ocean Waves


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


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


snow covered mountains reflect on the water by a fall forest

Snow Covered Mountains Reflect On The Water By A Fall Forest


some colorful boats docked in calm water

Some Colorful Boats Docked In Calm Water


close up of a daisy with yellow center

Close Up Of A Daisy With Yellow Center


ominous building seen from below

Ominous Building Seen From Below


mountain top view over range

Mountain Top View Over Range


cellphone floats above a soft pink background

Cellphone Floats Above A Soft Pink Background


abstract image of blue white marbling

Abstract Image Of Blue White Marbling


cliffs and black rocks and ocean view

Cliffs And Black Rocks And Ocean View


view through moss covered mountains

View Through Moss Covered Mountains


side of a building with no windows and a fences shadow

Side Of A Building With No Windows And A Fences Shadow


Cold Winding River In A Snow Covered Forest

Cold Winding River In A Snow Covered Forest


cheery blossom flowers from below

Cheery Blossom Flowers From Below


view of a rustic textured hillside

View Of A Rustic Textured Hillside


a black microphone mounted on a stand

A Black Microphone Mounted On A Stand


fall leaves create ripples in water

Fall Leaves Create Ripples In Water


lone tree in a green grassy field

Lone Tree In A Green Grassy Field


aerial view of water treatment plant

Aerial View Of Water Treatment Plant


close up of a leaves texture with thick stem

Close Up Of A Leaves Texture With Thick Stem


maple branch & buds

Maple Branch & Buds


close up of a wild plants green leaves

Close Up Of A Wild Plants Green Leaves


person in orange sits on dock

Person In Orange Sits On Dock


wild grass on an ocean coastal range

Wild Grass On An Ocean Coastal Range


water treatment plant from above

Water Treatment Plant From Above


contoured landscape in black and white

Contoured Landscape In Black And White


three pairs of sunglasses lay on a pink background

Three Pairs Of Sunglasses Lay On A Pink Background


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


pink sunglasses sit in the middle of the frame

Pink Sunglasses Sit In The Middle Of The Frame


calm glass like water with rolling hills behind

Calm Glass Like Water With Rolling Hills Behind


american mountain skyline

American Mountain Skyline


observation deck of cn tower

Observation Deck Of CN Tower


waterfall from rock formations over grass

Waterfall From Rock Formations Over Grass


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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.