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

pink sunglasses on a pink surface

Pink Sunglasses On A Pink Surface

two ropes crossing over on the water

Two Ropes Crossing Over On The Water

cellphone levitates above an orange background

Cellphone Levitates Above An Orange Background

white wooden beads spell out stay well

White Wooden Beads Spell Out Stay Well

cliffs form shadows by the sea

Cliffs Form Shadows By The Sea

close up of a leaves texture with thick stem

Close Up Of A Leaves Texture With Thick Stem

wooden blocks with black letters spell lets dance

Wooden Blocks With Black Letters Spell Lets Dance

side of a building with silver doors

Side Of A Building With Silver Doors

black chalkboard sticking out of a white sandy beach

Black Chalkboard Sticking Out Of A White Sandy Beach

abstract image of blue white marbling

Abstract Image Of Blue White Marbling

brown rolling hills with a tree lined road

Brown Rolling Hills With A Tree Lined Road

cn tower against the blue toronto sky

CN Tower Against The Blue Toronto Sky

portrait of textured of large green leaves

Portrait Of Textured Of Large Green Leaves

light leaks on silky water close up

Light Leaks On Silky Water Close Up

rustic tropical coastline

Rustic Tropical Coastline

beneath a freeway angled raised roads

Beneath A Freeway Angled Raised Roads

open stone courtyard with white archways

Open Stone Courtyard With White Archways

brown grass pokes out of freshly fallen snow

Brown Grass Pokes Out Of Freshly Fallen Snow

texture of large green leaves in shadows

Texture Of Large Green Leaves In Shadows

aerial view of lake surrounded by mountains

Aerial View Of Lake Surrounded By Mountains

look up to the exterior of a carved building

Look Up To The Exterior Of A Carved Building

rustic wooden barn on a stone foundation

Rustic Wooden Barn On A Stone Foundation

close up of a green plant in the night

Close Up Of A Green Plant In The Night

close up of vast snowcapped mountain

Close Up Of Vast Snowcapped Mountain

all the autumn colors seen from above

All The Autumn Colors Seen From Above

woman holding her face in both her hands

Woman Holding Her Face In Both Her Hands

a black microphone lays on yellow backdrop

A Black Microphone Lays On Yellow Backdrop

lowrise building under a deep blue sky

Lowrise Building Under A Deep Blue Sky

black background and green leaves of a plant

Black Background And Green Leaves Of A Plant

perfect deep red dahlia laying on a wooden board

Perfect Deep Red Dahlia Laying On A Wooden Board

pink sunglasses sit in the middle of the frame

Pink Sunglasses Sit In The Middle Of The Frame

hands work on a glass mosaic to left side of frame

Hands Work On A Glass Mosaic To Left Side Of Frame

dark image of a plants leaves with yellow spots

Dark Image Of A Plants Leaves With Yellow Spots

three pairs of sunglasses lay on a pink background

Three Pairs Of Sunglasses Lay On A Pink Background

close up of soft pink flower petals

Close Up Of Soft Pink Flower Petals

snowy mountains blend into the sky

Snowy Mountains Blend Into The Sky

waterfall amongst the forest

Waterfall Amongst The Forest

tiny boats navigate choppy waters

Tiny Boats Navigate Choppy Waters

blank chalkboard sits in green ivy

Blank Chalkboard Sits In Green Ivy

blue and white lighthouse at sunset

Blue And White Lighthouse At Sunset

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

stack of citrus slices on a white surface

Stack Of Citrus Slices On A White Surface

vast snowcapped mountain under grey sky

Vast Snowcapped Mountain Under Grey Sky

watermelon against blue surface in a repeat pattern

Watermelon Against Blue Surface In A Repeat Pattern

triangle slices of watermelon on pink background

Triangle Slices Of Watermelon On Pink Background

vibrant leaves in green and yellow fill the frame

Vibrant Leaves In Green And Yellow Fill The Frame

hazy ocean views

Hazy Ocean Views

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.