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.

urban buildings with traffic

Urban Buildings With Traffic

tree hugger

Tree Hugger

teal ink with red drops

Teal Ink With Red Drops

railay beach krabi thailand

Railay Beach Krabi Thailand

sheep & field near glacier

Sheep & Field Near Glacier

pink and black ink drop

Pink And Black Ink Drop

hearts on woodgrain

Hearts On Woodgrain

green flowers on white texture

Green Flowers On White Texture

sphere of glowing street lights in night sky

Sphere Of Glowing Street Lights In Night Sky

fishing boat in thailand

Fishing Boat In Thailand

mountain wanderlust

Mountain Wanderlust

crows fly over hills

Crows Fly Over Hills

pink wall with grey door

Pink Wall With Grey Door

dried winter wildflowers

Dried winter Wildflowers

fresh oranges pile

Fresh Oranges Pile

yellow and purple ink with green

Yellow And Purple Ink With Green

yellow regal filagree pattern

Yellow Regal Filagree Pattern

purple and green ink from side

Purple And Green Ink From Side

purple ink cloud with black drops

Purple Ink Cloud With Black Drops

dew on forrest branches in sunlight

Dew On Forrest Branches In Sunlight

bright golden oil closeup texture

Bright Golden Oil Closeup Texture

purple ink with green and black drops

Purple Ink With Green And Black Drops

orange becomes yellow

Orange Becomes Yellow

black wood angle texture

Black Wood Angle Texture

gold light through tree

Gold Light Through Tree

bright pink flower blossoms

Bright Pink Flower Blossoms

red brick wall wide texture

Red Brick Wall Wide Texture

judgement gavel on white

Judgement Gavel On White

red moon and stars

Red Moon And Stars

flying over mountains

Flying Over Mountains

pink spring blossoms

Pink Spring Blossoms

green ink streams on white

Green Ink Streams On White

long grass growing in city

Long Grass Growing In City

tall trees taller cliff

Tall Trees Taller Cliff

glass ball on water at sunset

Glass Ball On Water At Sunset

cherry blossom hd phone background

Cherry Blossom Hd Phone Background

sunset over black forest

Sunset Over Black Forest

green orange and yellow ink cloud

Green Orange And Yellow Ink Cloud

mountain lake in andorra

Mountain Lake In Andorra

mountain peak through trees

Mountain Peak Through Trees

woman wanderer

Woman Wanderer

leaf background texture

Leaf Background Texture

full rainbow over rocks and water

Full Rainbow Over Rocks And Water

woman silhouette sunset

Woman Silhouette Sunset

boat on water iphone wallpaper

Boat On Water iPhone Wallpaper

thailand beach

Thailand Beach

floating cubes on blue

Floating Cubes On Blue

balance scale tilted right

Balance Scale Tilted Right

red ink drop in yellow liquid

Red Ink Drop In Yellow Liquid

greens on wood background

Greens On Wood Background

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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.