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.

big ocean wave under blue sky

Big Ocean Wave Under Blue Sky

lilies on ink white and gray

Lilies On Ink White And Gray

white crane water reflection

White Crane Water Reflection

sunny misty background

Sunny Misty Background

waterfall through trees

Waterfall Through Trees

rainbow and rock cliff

Rainbow And Rock Cliff

oregon bridge by multnomah waterfall

Oregon Bridge By Multnomah Waterfall

natural wood fence

Natural Wood Fence

portugal rocks with boat

Portugal Rocks With Boat

sea ocean waves coast

Sea Ocean Waves Coast

starry night sky from below trees

Starry Night Sky From Below Trees

two rows of stacked shipping containers

Two Rows Of Stacked Shipping Containers

storm clouds at sunset

Storm Clouds At Sunset

chinese lanterns glow on storefront

Chinese Lanterns Glow On Storefront

cn tower sunset

CN Tower Sunset

curvy shoreline with gravel path

Curvy Shoreline With Gravel Path

bare winter tree branches

Bare Winter Tree Branches

green plants background

Green Plants Background

black yellow and red ink

Black Yellow And Red Ink

night view of brooklyn bridge

Night View Of Brooklyn Bridge

clouded hills

Clouded Hills

sunset over fishing village

Sunset Over Fishing Village

succulent closeup

Succulent Closeup

boat in clear blue ocean

Boat In Clear Blue Ocean

city sky sunset

City Sky Sunset

new york night skyline

New York Night Skyline

man walking away in shadows

Man Walking Away In Shadows

cafe brown espresso cup

Cafe Brown Espresso Cup

rural iceland sunset

Rural Iceland Sunset

fresh market vegetables

Fresh Market Vegetables

rapids & forest

Rapids & Forest

fuchsia blossom closeup

Fuchsia Blossom Closeup

spanish mountain landscape

Spanish Mountain Landscape

hiking green fields & hills

Hiking Green Fields & Hills

white sequins

White Sequins

pine forest and road

Pine Forest And Road

coffee beans background

Coffee Beans Background

boardwalk through marsh under bright purple sky

Boardwalk Through Marsh Under Bright Purple Sky

high contrast upward glance at pink flowers in bloom

High Contrast Upward Glance At Pink Flowers In Bloom

aged wood & brick

Aged Wood & Brick

leaves on orange

Leaves On Orange

summer city flat iron building

Summer City Flat Iron Building.Jpeg

skateboard in sky

Skateboard In Sky

starry nigh sky shows off galaxy

Starry Nigh Sky Shows Off Galaxy

autumn table decor

Autumn Table Decor

sailboats in cove

Sailboats In Cove

city through glass ball

City Through Glass Ball

buttons top frame

Buttons Top Frame

icelandic fields & nature

Icelandic Fields & Nature

road through rocky terrain

Road Through Rocky Terrain

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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.