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.

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Woman in Prairie Fields


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Rustic Old Book Open At Centre


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Iceland Farm Horse


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Tree Hugger


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Autumn Trees & Hillside


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Wildflowers Reaching For Sun


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Gold Light Through Tree


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Mountains In Colombia


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Tall Field Plant Growth


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Standing At Waterfalls Edge


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Purple Ink Into Green And Yellow


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Red And Green Ink Twisted


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Scales Of Justice


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Green Ink Streams On White


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Leaves & White Brick Background


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Railay Beach Krabi Thailand


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Black Wood Angle Texture


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Looking Up At Trees


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Red Ink Drop On White


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Woman Silhouette Sunset


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Red Ink Drop In Yellow Liquid


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Sunset Over Black Forest


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Purple And Black Ink Drop


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Red Green Pepper Pile


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Purple Flowers


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Crows Fly Over Hills


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Green Flowers On White Texture


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Bicycle In The Garden


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Red Moon And Stars


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Woman Wanderer


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Tall Trees Taller Cliff


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Medium Close Up Of Cherry Blossoms And Fresh Spring Leaves


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Photographer Hiking Iceland Flats


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Fishing Boat In Thailand


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Pink Wall With Grey Door


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Mountain Lake In Andorra


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Yellow Regal Filagree Pattern


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Round Colored Tile


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Orange Becomes Yellow


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Green Ink With Yellow And Orange Drop


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Pretty Pink Flower


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Beach Waves Through Trees


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Records Texture


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Sheep & Field Near Glacier


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Dew On Forrest Branches In Sunlight


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Spilled Roasted Coffee Beans


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Tree Branches At Sunset


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iPhone Photography Golden Gate Bridge


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Colorful Pencil Crayons


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Balance Scale Tilted Right


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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.