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.