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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a secluded beach surrounded by cliffs

A Secluded Beach Surrounded By Cliffs


lighthouse at sunset

Lighthouse At Sunset


flamingo in pond

Flamingo In Pond


feet hanging over cliff

Feet Hanging Over Cliff


ocean waves on beach

Ocean Waves On Beach


stackable chips in lines

Stackable Chips In Lines


bamboo with engravings

Bamboo With Engravings


tree branches at sunset

Tree Branches At Sunset


leafy plant on white wall

Leafy Plant On White Wall


boat on water iphone wallpaper

Boat On Water iPhone Wallpaper


chinese lanterns glow on storefront

Chinese Lanterns Glow On Storefront


mother day background

Mother Day Background


lilies on ink white and gray

Lilies On Ink White And Gray


mountain peak through trees

Mountain Peak Through Trees


closeup of clover leaves

Closeup Of Clover Leaves


spring in dirt with flower pedals

Spring In Dirt With Flower Pedals


rose pedals framing white surface

Rose Pedals Framing White Surface


purple flowers

Purple Flowers


greenhouse gardening

Greenhouse Gardening


red and green ink twisted

Red And Green Ink Twisted


arizona natural landscape

Arizona Natural Landscape


red ink drop in yellow liquid

Red Ink Drop In Yellow Liquid


boardwalk through marsh under bright purple sky

Boardwalk Through Marsh Under Bright Purple Sky


light reflects on water

Light Reflects On Water


old fashioned telephone

Old Fashioned Telephone


magnolia in bloom

Magnolia In Bloom


starry nigh sky shows off galaxy

Starry Nigh Sky Shows Off Galaxy


campfire

Campfire


round parkade architecture

Round Parkade Architecture


wood panel background framed by leaves

Wood Panel Background Framed By Leaves


rustic wooden window frame against exposed brick

Rustic Wooden Window Frame Against Exposed Brick


city through glass ball

City Through Glass Ball


colorful pencil crayons

Colorful Pencil Crayons


leaves & white brick background

Leaves & White Brick Background


purple ink into green and yellow

Purple Ink Into Green And Yellow


pretty pink flower

Pretty Pink Flower


light behind leaf close up

Light Behind Leaf Close Up


glitter and unicorn costume headband

Glitter And Unicorn Costume Headband


records texture

Records Texture


under city iron bridge

Under City Iron Bridge


city skyscrapers & towers

City Skyscrapers & Towers


purple and black ink drop

Purple And Black Ink Drop


green plants background

Green Plants Background


abstract green & yellow vertical lines

Abstract Green & Yellow Vertical Lines


spilled roasted coffee beans

Spilled Roasted Coffee Beans


grapes on stem with moisture

Grapes On Stem With Moisture


green ink with yellow and orange drop

Green Ink With Yellow And Orange Drop


field of white tulip flowers

Field Of White Tulip Flowers


cn tower sunset

CN Tower Sunset


round colored tile

Round Colored Tile


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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.