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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candle nestled among flowers

Candle Nestled Among Flowers

a woman by a green pool

A Woman By A Green Pool

red moon and stars

Red Moon And Stars

black wood angle texture

Black Wood Angle Texture

crows fly over hills

Crows Fly Over Hills

hearts on woodgrain

Hearts On Woodgrain

bright blue waters and red sandy shores

Bright Blue Waters And Red Sandy Shores

mountain wanderlust

Mountain Wanderlust

red brick wall wide texture

Red Brick Wall Wide Texture

remember why you started motivational poster

Remember Why You Started Motivational Poster

glass ball on water at sunset

Glass Ball On Water At Sunset

octopus tentacle

Octopus Tentacle

judgement gavel on white

Judgement Gavel On White

sharpened pencil crayons

Sharpened Pencil Crayons

flying over mountains

Flying Over Mountains

white tile corner textures

White Tile Corner Textures

big ocean wave under blue sky

Big Ocean Wave Under Blue Sky

full rainbow over rocks and water

Full Rainbow Over Rocks And Water

leaf background texture

Leaf Background Texture

orange becomes yellow

Orange Becomes Yellow

purple and green ink from side

Purple And Green Ink From Side

woman wanderer

Woman Wanderer

yellow and purple ink with green

Yellow And Purple Ink With Green

mountain lake in andorra

Mountain Lake In Andorra

floating cubes on blue

Floating Cubes On Blue

purple ink with green and black drops

Purple Ink With Green And Black Drops

white background with brances frame

White Background With Brances Frame

purple ink cloud with black drops

Purple Ink Cloud With Black Drops

gold light through tree

Gold Light Through Tree

pink plane wing

Pink Plane Wing

starry night sky from below trees

Starry Night Sky From Below Trees

spiral staircase from above

Spiral Staircase From Above

cherry blossom hd phone background

Cherry Blossom Hd Phone Background

balance scale tilted right

Balance Scale Tilted Right

brick wall with graphic street art

Brick Wall With Graphic Street Art

green ink streams on white

Green Ink Streams On White

greens on wood background

Greens On Wood Background

sunset over black forest

Sunset Over Black Forest

woman silhouette sunset

Woman Silhouette Sunset

waves crash on rocks and sand

Waves Crash On Rocks And Sand

chinese lanterns glow on storefront

Chinese Lanterns Glow On Storefront

brick wall city scape

Brick Wall City Scape

tall trees taller cliff

Tall Trees Taller Cliff

toronto city skyline

Toronto City Skyline

kayaks on dock

Kayaks On Dock

pink spring blossoms

Pink Spring Blossoms

flamingo in pond

Flamingo In Pond

tropical ocean boat

Tropical Ocean Boat

microphone on mic stand

Microphone On Mic Stand

red green pepper pile

Red Green Pepper Pile

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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.