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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wet pavement reflects a building and city night lights

Wet Pavement Reflects A Building And City Night Lights


colored pencils lines up on a black background

Colored Pencils Lines Up On A Black Background


top view of a teapot against a grey background

Top View Of A Teapot Against A Grey Background


top view of a green teapot on a pink background

Top View Of A Green Teapot On A Pink Background


sharp colored pencils lined up in a row

Sharp Colored Pencils Lined Up In A Row


ends of colored pencils lines up

Ends Of Colored Pencils Lines Up


colored pencils scattered shown from above

Colored Pencils Scattered Shown From Above


top of fern branches against black

Top Of Fern Branches Against Black


close up of the ends of colored pencils

Close Up Of The Ends Of Colored Pencils


small bundle of wheat on a blue background

Small Bundle Of Wheat On A Blue Background


close up of colored pencils lined up

Close Up Of Colored Pencils Lined Up


single wheat sheaf lays against a lit blue background

Single Wheat Sheaf Lays Against A Lit Blue Background


colored pencils piled up on a black background

Colored Pencils Piled Up On A Black Background


black and white photo of hands laying on top of eachother

Black And White Photo Of Hands Laying On Top Of Eachother


sumac tree against a clear blue sky

Sumac Tree Against A Clear Blue Sky


flatlay of a valentines day card with foil chocolate hearts

Flatlay Of A Valentines Day Card With Foil Chocolate Hearts


flatlay of a red envelope with gold and red chocolates

Flatlay Of A Red Envelope With Gold And Red Chocolates


a landscape of rust colored sand dunes

A Landscape Of Rust Colored Sand Dunes


a person swimming lanes in outdoor pool by tall trees

A Person Swimming Lanes In Outdoor Pool By Tall Trees


blue wavy water of a swimming pool

Blue Wavy Water Of A Swimming Pool


outdoor swimming pool with tall trees behind it

Outdoor Swimming Pool With Tall Trees Behind It


wavy water creating pattern in swimming pool

Wavy Water Creating Pattern In Swimming Pool


blue terry cloth towel

Blue Terry Cloth Towel


curved metal and glass window

Curved Metal And Glass Window


texture of a green leaf very close up

Texture Of A Green Leaf Very Close Up


Sunrises On Snow Covered Mountains Towards Frosty Hills

Sunrises On Snow Covered Mountains Towards Frosty Hills


Small Wooden Structures In A Brown Grassy Field

Small Wooden Structures In A Brown Grassy Field


Cold Winding River In A Snow Covered Forest

Cold Winding River In A Snow Covered Forest


Quiet Wooden Farm With Low Clouds

Quiet Wooden Farm With Low Clouds


gold coins weaved onto red rope

Gold Coins Weaved Onto Red Rope


sun bleached wooden walkway through tall grass

Sun Bleached Wooden Walkway Through Tall Grass


snow covered mountains reflect on the water by a fall forest

Snow Covered Mountains Reflect On The Water By A Fall Forest


tall fall trees with a leaf covered path in brown and yellow

Tall Fall Trees With A Leaf Covered Path In Brown And Yellow


wooden walkway over water into rocky mountain pathway

Wooden Walkway Over Water Into Rocky Mountain Pathway


close up of a small yellow flower with small petals

Close Up Of A Small Yellow Flower With Small Petals


close up of wheat sheaves in field

Close Up Of Wheat Sheaves In Field


distant snowy mountains behind a clear blue lake

Distant Snowy Mountains Behind A Clear Blue Lake


waterfall through a lush green forest

Waterfall Through A Lush Green Forest


town on the water on a clear night

Town On The Water On A Clear Night


a waterfall cascades down the side of a large cliff

A Waterfall Cascades Down The Side Of A Large Cliff


cliffs and black rocks and ocean view

Cliffs And Black Rocks And Ocean View


aerial photo of paved road surrounded by trees

Aerial Photo Of Paved Road Surrounded By Trees


wavy water and choppy waves at golden hour

Wavy Water And Choppy Waves At Golden Hour


gold pocket watch on a black notebook

Gold Pocket Watch On A Black Notebook


wild foliage on the hill top of a coastline

Wild Foliage On The Hill Top Of A Coastline


wild grass on an ocean coastal range

Wild Grass On An Ocean Coastal Range


two people sit high up to take in the evening sunset

Two People Sit High Up To Take In The Evening Sunset


two people on a roof together taking in the sunset

Two People On A Roof Together Taking In The Sunset


mountains and crystal clear water

Mountains And Crystal Clear Water


hikers on a red sandy desert hill

Hikers On A Red Sandy Desert Hill


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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.