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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side of a building with no windows and a fences shadow

Side Of A Building With No Windows And A Fences Shadow


brown rolling hills with a tree lined road

Brown Rolling Hills With A Tree Lined Road


all the autumn colors seen from above

All The Autumn Colors Seen From Above


beneath a freeway angled raised roads

Beneath A Freeway Angled Raised Roads


open stone courtyard with white archways

Open Stone Courtyard With White Archways


rustic tropical coastline

Rustic Tropical Coastline


brown grass pokes out of freshly fallen snow

Brown Grass Pokes Out Of Freshly Fallen Snow


lowrise building under a deep blue sky

Lowrise Building Under A Deep Blue Sky


close up of vast snowcapped mountain

Close Up Of Vast Snowcapped Mountain


rustic wooden barn on a stone foundation

Rustic Wooden Barn On A Stone Foundation


close up of a leaves texture with thick stem

Close Up Of A Leaves Texture With Thick Stem


side of a building with silver doors

Side Of A Building With Silver Doors


wooden blocks with black letters spell lets dance

Wooden Blocks With Black Letters Spell Lets Dance


black chalkboard sticking out of a white sandy beach

Black Chalkboard Sticking Out Of A White Sandy Beach


snowy mountains blend into the sky

Snowy Mountains Blend Into The Sky


blades of tall arching lush green grass

Blades Of Tall Arching Lush Green Grass


tiny boats navigate choppy waters

Tiny Boats Navigate Choppy Waters


green tree with small orange fruit on branches

Green Tree With Small Orange Fruit On Branches


waterfall amongst the forest

Waterfall Amongst The Forest


repeat pattern of a toy turtle on a blue background

Repeat Pattern Of A Toy Turtle On A Blue Background


abstract image of colored paper in triangular shapes

Abstract Image Of Colored Paper In Triangular Shapes


brown wall lit up with a yellow light at top

Brown Wall Lit Up With A Yellow Light At Top


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


blue and white lighthouse at sunset

Blue And White Lighthouse At Sunset


a black microphone lays on yellow backdrop

A Black Microphone Lays On Yellow Backdrop


black background and green leaves of a plant

Black Background And Green Leaves Of A Plant


pink sunglasses sit in the middle of the frame

Pink Sunglasses Sit In The Middle Of The Frame


curved rust colored natural walls

Curved Rust Colored Natural Walls


look up to the exterior of a carved building

Look Up To The Exterior Of A Carved Building


close up of soft pink flower petals

Close Up Of Soft Pink Flower Petals


perfect deep red dahlia laying on a wooden board

Perfect Deep Red Dahlia Laying On A Wooden Board


vast snowcapped mountain under grey sky

Vast Snowcapped Mountain Under Grey Sky


portrait of a woman with long brown hair and crossed arms

Portrait Of A Woman With Long Brown Hair And Crossed Arms


three pairs of sunglasses lay on a pink background

Three Pairs Of Sunglasses Lay On A Pink Background


stack of citrus slices on a white surface

Stack Of Citrus Slices On A White Surface


close up of crisp green and purple curly kale

Close Up Of Crisp Green And Purple Curly Kale


person cups a blank piece of white paper in hands

Person Cups A Blank Piece Of White Paper In Hands


colorful lines in a gradient

Colorful Lines In A Gradient


hazy ocean views

Hazy Ocean Views


hands work on a glass mosaic to left side of frame

Hands Work On A Glass Mosaic To Left Side Of Frame


blank chalkboard sits in green ivy

Blank Chalkboard Sits In Green Ivy


green leaves of lush green plants

Green Leaves Of Lush Green Plants


triangle slices of watermelon on pink background

Triangle Slices Of Watermelon On Pink Background


watermelon against blue surface in a repeat pattern

Watermelon Against Blue Surface In A Repeat Pattern


green and orange textured fern leaf

Green And Orange Textured Fern Leaf


rocky hill top reflects mountains in a pool of water

Rocky Hill Top Reflects Mountains In A Pool Of Water


corner of a yellow buildings against. a blue sky

Corner Of A Yellow Buildings Against. A Blue Sky


bright red watermelon slices on pink background

Bright Red Watermelon Slices On Pink Background


person in a straw hat faces toward a blue sky

Person In A Straw Hat Faces Toward A Blue Sky


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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.