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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orange becomes yellow

Orange Becomes Yellow


remember why you started motivational poster

Remember Why You Started Motivational Poster


purple and green ink from side

Purple And Green Ink From Side


woman wanderer

Woman Wanderer


purple ink cloud with black drops

Purple Ink Cloud With Black Drops


leaf background texture

Leaf Background Texture


purple ink with green and black drops

Purple Ink With Green And Black Drops


big ocean wave under blue sky

Big Ocean Wave Under Blue Sky


white tile corner textures

White Tile Corner Textures


mountain lake in andorra

Mountain Lake In Andorra


full rainbow over rocks and water

Full Rainbow Over Rocks And Water


floating cubes on blue

Floating Cubes On Blue


sharpened pencil crayons

Sharpened Pencil Crayons


gold light through tree

Gold Light Through Tree


cherry blossom hd phone background

Cherry Blossom Hd Phone Background


sunset over black forest

Sunset Over Black Forest


green ink streams on white

Green Ink Streams On White


balance scale tilted right

Balance Scale Tilted Right


woman silhouette sunset

Woman Silhouette Sunset


greens on wood background

Greens On Wood Background


octopus tentacle

Octopus Tentacle


waves crash on rocks and sand

Waves Crash On Rocks And Sand


tall trees taller cliff

Tall Trees Taller Cliff


pink plane wing

Pink Plane Wing


brick wall with graphic street art

Brick Wall With Graphic Street Art


brick wall city scape

Brick Wall City Scape


pink spring blossoms

Pink Spring Blossoms


starry night sky from below trees

Starry Night Sky From Below Trees


spiral staircase from above

Spiral Staircase From Above


toronto city skyline

Toronto City Skyline


dew on forrest branches in sunlight

Dew On Forrest Branches In Sunlight


red green pepper pile

Red Green Pepper Pile


long grass growing in city

Long Grass Growing In City


kayaks on dock

Kayaks On Dock


tropical ocean boat

Tropical Ocean Boat


microphone on mic stand

Microphone On Mic Stand


ocean waves on beach

Ocean Waves On Beach


tree branches at sunset

Tree Branches At Sunset


feet hanging over cliff

Feet Hanging Over Cliff


lighthouse at sunset

Lighthouse At Sunset


bamboo with engravings

Bamboo With Engravings


boat on water iphone wallpaper

Boat On Water iPhone Wallpaper


a secluded beach surrounded by cliffs

A Secluded Beach Surrounded By Cliffs


stackable chips in lines

Stackable Chips In Lines


leafy plant on white wall

Leafy Plant On White Wall


mother day background

Mother Day Background


flamingo in pond

Flamingo In Pond


mountain peak through trees

Mountain Peak Through Trees


spring in dirt with flower pedals

Spring In Dirt With Flower Pedals


closeup of clover leaves

Closeup Of Clover Leaves


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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.