HD Background photos and images

Browse through our database 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.

green orange and yellow ink cloud

Green Orange And Yellow Ink Cloud

paint brushes, palette & canvas

Paint Brushes, Palette & Canvas

magnolia in bloom

Magnolia In Bloom

under city iron bridge

Under City Iron Bridge

cherry blossom hd phone background

Cherry Blossom Hd Phone Background

mountains in colombia

Mountains In Colombia

long grass growing in city

Long Grass Growing In City

iceland farm horse

Iceland Farm Horse

gold light through tree

Gold Light Through Tree

tall field plant growth

Tall Field Plant Growth

wildflowers reaching for sun

Wildflowers Reaching For Sun

standing at waterfalls edge

Standing At Waterfalls Edge

purple ink into green and yellow

Purple Ink Into Green And Yellow

red and green ink twisted

Red And Green Ink Twisted

black wood angle texture

Black Wood Angle Texture

green ink streams on white

Green Ink Streams On White

leaves & white brick background

Leaves & White Brick Background

dew on forrest branches in sunlight

Dew On Forrest Branches In Sunlight

bicycle in the garden

Bicycle In The Garden

green flowers on white texture

Green Flowers On White Texture

looking up at trees

Looking Up At Trees

railay beach krabi thailand

Railay Beach Krabi Thailand

red moon and stars

Red Moon And Stars

photographer hiking iceland flats

Photographer Hiking Iceland Flats

woman silhouette sunset

Woman Silhouette Sunset

red green pepper pile

Red Green Pepper Pile

woman wanderer

Woman Wanderer

medium close up of cherry blossoms and fresh spring leaves

Medium Close Up Of Cherry Blossoms And Fresh Spring Leaves

red ink drop on white

Red Ink Drop On White

sunset over black forest

Sunset Over Black Forest

red ink drop in yellow liquid

Red Ink Drop In Yellow Liquid

purple flowers

Purple Flowers

crows fly over hills

Crows Fly Over Hills

pink wall with grey door

Pink Wall With Grey Door

purple and black ink drop

Purple And Black Ink Drop

mountain peak through trees

Mountain Peak Through Trees

tall trees taller cliff

Tall Trees Taller Cliff

fishing boat in thailand

Fishing Boat In Thailand

mountain lake in andorra

Mountain Lake In Andorra

yellow regal filagree pattern

Yellow Regal Filagree Pattern

orange becomes yellow

Orange Becomes Yellow

balance scale tilted right

Balance Scale Tilted Right

records texture

Records Texture

round colored tile

Round Colored Tile

green ink with yellow and orange drop

Green Ink With Yellow And Orange Drop

iphone photography golden gate bridge

iPhone Photography Golden Gate Bridge

pretty pink flower

Pretty Pink Flower

spilled roasted coffee beans

Spilled Roasted Coffee Beans

sheep & field near glacier

Sheep & Field Near Glacier

colorful pencil crayons

Colorful Pencil Crayons

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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.