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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photo of a street corner where two buildings meet

Photo Of A Street Corner Where Two Buildings Meet


two small wooden chair with striped fabric

Two Small Wooden Chair With Striped Fabric


wooden blocks with black letters spell lets dance

Wooden Blocks With Black Letters Spell Lets Dance


side of a building with no windows and a fences shadow

Side Of A Building With No Windows And A Fences Shadow


vast snowcapped mountain under grey sky

Vast Snowcapped Mountain Under Grey Sky


pink sunglasses on a pink surface

Pink Sunglasses On A Pink Surface


close up of a leaves texture with thick stem

Close Up Of A Leaves Texture With Thick Stem


lined cell phones floating above orange rocks

Lined Cell Phones Floating Above Orange Rocks


black background and green leaves of a plant

Black Background And Green Leaves Of A Plant


black chalkboard sticking out of a white sandy beach

Black Chalkboard Sticking Out Of A White Sandy Beach


look up to the exterior of a carved building

Look Up To The Exterior Of A Carved Building


repeat pattern of a toy turtle on a blue background

Repeat Pattern Of A Toy Turtle On A Blue Background


a black microphone lays on yellow backdrop

A Black Microphone Lays On Yellow Backdrop


photo of large deep green plant leaves

Photo Of Large Deep Green Plant Leaves


novel lays open on dark blue linen fabric

Novel Lays Open On Dark Blue Linen Fabric


slices of homemade pizza with olives on a green plate

Slices Of Homemade Pizza With Olives On A Green Plate


hazy ocean views

Hazy Ocean Views


green and orange textured fern leaf

Green And Orange Textured Fern Leaf


close up of soft pink flower petals

Close Up Of Soft Pink Flower Petals


rocky hill top reflects mountains in a pool of water

Rocky Hill Top Reflects Mountains In A Pool Of Water


pink sunglasses sit in the middle of the frame

Pink Sunglasses Sit In The Middle Of The Frame


close up texture of metal criss cross tread

Close Up Texture Of Metal Criss Cross Tread


perfect deep red dahlia laying on a wooden board

Perfect Deep Red Dahlia Laying On A Wooden Board


blank wood frame chalkboard hangs on a blue wall

Blank Wood Frame Chalkboard Hangs On A Blue Wall


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


red and white hearts scattered on pink surface

Red And White Hearts Scattered On Pink Surface


green tree with small orange fruit on branches

Green Tree With Small Orange Fruit On Branches


weathered foliage with detailed leaves

Weathered Foliage With Detailed Leaves


person cups a blank piece of white paper in hands

Person Cups A Blank Piece Of White Paper In Hands


triangle slices of watermelon on pink background

Triangle Slices Of Watermelon On Pink Background


blank chalkboard sits in green ivy

Blank Chalkboard Sits In Green Ivy


watermelon against blue surface in a repeat pattern

Watermelon Against Blue Surface In A Repeat Pattern


hands work on a glass mosaic to left side of frame

Hands Work On A Glass Mosaic To Left Side Of Frame


brown wall lit up with a yellow light at top

Brown Wall Lit Up With A Yellow Light At Top


lighthouse on the coastside

Lighthouse On The Coastside


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


sunsets over still water at shore

Sunsets Over Still Water At Shore


lighthouse peaks at sunset

Lighthouse Peaks At Sunset


blades of tall arching lush green grass

Blades Of Tall Arching Lush Green Grass


blue red pink and yellow paper fanned out

Blue Red Pink And Yellow Paper Fanned Out


abstract image of a blue clouds surrounded by white

Abstract Image Of A Blue Clouds Surrounded By White


vibrant leaves in green and yellow fill the frame

Vibrant Leaves In Green And Yellow Fill The Frame


blue sky clouds and a yellow building

Blue Sky Clouds And A Yellow Building


yellow wall with a section of exposed brick

Yellow Wall With A Section Of Exposed Brick


a green triangle and an orange triangle on paper

A Green Triangle And An Orange Triangle On Paper


green leaves of lush green plants

Green Leaves Of Lush Green Plants


abstract image of colored paper in triangular shapes

Abstract Image Of Colored Paper In Triangular Shapes


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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.