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.

photographer hiking iceland flats

Photographer Hiking Iceland Flats


mountains in colombia

Mountains In Colombia


wildflowers reaching for sun

Wildflowers Reaching For Sun


paint brushes, palette & canvas

Paint Brushes, Palette & Canvas


tree hugger

Tree Hugger


white linear angled architecture

White Linear Angled Architecture


light pink gerbera daisy

Light Pink Gerbera Daisy


yellow ink with black drops

Yellow Ink With Black Drops


purple and green ink lines

Purple And Green Ink Lines


purple and red ink pool on white

Purple And Red Ink Pool On White


towering new york building from above

Towering New York Building From Above


cute phone wallpaper

Cute Phone Wallpaper


new york city buildings and water towers

New York City Buildings And Water Towers


rustic old book open at centre

Rustic Old Book Open At Centre


trees standing tall with blue sky iphone wallpaper

Trees Standing Tall With Blue Sky iPhone Wallpaper


wildflowers

Wildflowers


green flowers on white texture

Green Flowers On White Texture


storm clouds from above

Storm Clouds From Above


santa hat on woodgrain

Santa Hat On Woodgrain


sheep & field near glacier

Sheep & Field Near Glacier


bright golden oil closeup texture

Bright Golden Oil Closeup Texture


pink wall with grey door

Pink Wall With Grey Door


iphone photography golden gate bridge

iPhone Photography Golden Gate Bridge


urban buildings with traffic

Urban Buildings With Traffic


fishing boat in thailand

Fishing Boat In Thailand


pink and black ink drop

Pink And Black Ink Drop


railay beach krabi thailand

Railay Beach Krabi Thailand


teal ink with red drops

Teal Ink With Red Drops


green orange and yellow ink cloud

Green Orange And Yellow Ink Cloud


bright pink flower blossoms

Bright Pink Flower Blossoms


dried winter wildflowers

Dried winter Wildflowers


a phone on a blue background with 'contact us'

A Phone On A Blue Background With 'Contact Us'


yellow regal filagree pattern

Yellow Regal Filagree Pattern


hearts on woodgrain

Hearts On Woodgrain


fresh oranges pile

Fresh Oranges Pile


lakeside cliffs and blue sky

Lakeside Cliffs And Blue Sky


crows fly over hills

Crows Fly Over Hills


mountain wanderlust

Mountain Wanderlust


black wood angle texture

Black Wood Angle Texture


red moon and stars

Red Moon And Stars


light pink and delicate flowers

Light Pink And Delicate Flowers


a woman by a green pool

A Woman By A Green Pool


red brick wall wide texture

Red Brick Wall Wide Texture


white brick interior wall texture

White Brick Interior Wall Texture


candle nestled among flowers

Candle Nestled Among Flowers


yellow and purple ink with green

Yellow And Purple Ink With Green


glass ball on water at sunset

Glass Ball On Water At Sunset


orange becomes yellow

Orange Becomes Yellow


flying over mountains

Flying Over Mountains


purple and green ink from side

Purple And Green Ink From Side


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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.