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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wilderness mountain landscape

Wilderness Mountain Landscape


tree hugger

Tree Hugger


sun setting over city

Sun Setting Over City


spanish mountain landscape

Spanish Mountain Landscape


mountains pyrenees

Mountains Pyrenees


mountain wanderlust

Mountain Wanderlust


mountain lake in andorra

Mountain Lake In Andorra


man hiking in mountains

Man Hiking In Mountains


rain coming down window

Rain Coming Down Window


nyc manhattan brooklyn bridge

NYC Manhattan Brooklyn Bridge


sea ocean waves coast

Sea Ocean Waves Coast


sea ocean waves on coast rocks

Sea Ocean Waves On Coast Rocks


nature sky sunset

Nature Sky Sunset


mountain landscape with river

Mountain Landscape With River


mountain landscape with flowers

Mountain Landscape With Flowers


nature elk wildlife adventure mountains

Nature Elk Wildlife Adventure Mountains


bison wildlife adventure

Bison Wildlife Adventure


sunset over mountain lake

Sunset Over Mountain Lake


city sunset smoke

City Sunset Smoke


city sky sunset

City Sky Sunset


waves crashing on beach

Waves Crashing On Beach


purple flowers

Purple Flowers


pretty pink flower

Pretty Pink Flower


open road at sunset

Open Road At Sunset


mountain in iceland

Mountain In Iceland


field of daisies

Field Of Daisies


arizona natural landscape

Arizona Natural Landscape


toronto stunning sunset

Toronto Stunning Sunset


toronto city skyline

Toronto City Skyline


skyscrapers looking up

Skyscrapers Looking Up


cn tower sunset

CN Tower Sunset


city landscape at night

City Landscape At Night


woman in prairie fields

Woman in Prairie Fields


green foxglove plant

Green Foxglove Plant


woman looking at horizon

Woman Looking At Horizon


woman holding flower

Woman Holding Flower


telephone wires at sunset

Telephone Wires At Sunset


summer portrait of woman

Summer Portrait Of Woman


prairie woman at sunset

Prairie Woman At Sunset


green and pink flower

Green And Pink Flower


photographer shooting sunrise

Photographer Shooting Sunrise


cute dog in blanket

Cute Dog in Blanket


boat under foggy bridge

Boat Under Foggy Bridge


abandoned building

Abandoned Building


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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.