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.

succulent closeup

Succulent Closeup


stackable chips in lines

Stackable Chips In Lines


curvy shoreline with gravel path

Curvy Shoreline With Gravel Path


new york night skyline

New York Night Skyline


leaves on orange

Leaves On Orange


black yellow and red ink

Black Yellow And Red Ink


rural iceland sunset

Rural Iceland Sunset


coffee beans background

Coffee Beans Background


white sequins

White Sequins


autumn table decor

Autumn Table Decor


high contrast upward glance at pink flowers in bloom

High Contrast Upward Glance At Pink Flowers In Bloom


hiking green fields & hills

Hiking Green Fields & Hills


pots seeds and leaves

Pots Seeds And Leaves


fuchsia blossom closeup

Fuchsia Blossom Closeup


dancing with temples in the orange mist

Dancing With Temples In The Orange Mist


spanish mountain landscape

Spanish Mountain Landscape


icelandic fields & nature

Icelandic Fields & Nature


grapes on stem with moisture

Grapes On Stem With Moisture


puffy cloud

Puffy Cloud


metal bridge angled beams

Metal Bridge Angled Beams


toronto flatiron building in summer

Toronto Flatiron Building In Summer


aged wood & brick

Aged Wood & Brick


rapids & forest

Rapids & Forest


flower bed bright and dark green

Flower Bed Bright And Dark Green


pink plane wing

Pink Plane Wing


montenegro sunset

Montenegro Sunset


summer city flat iron building

Summer City Flat Iron Building.Jpeg


pink heart made of flower petals

Pink Heart Made Of Flower Petals


flower buds on a branch sit in a jug of water

Flower Buds On A Branch Sit In A Jug Of Water


traveller looks down

Traveller Looks Down


deck and vines texture

Deck And Vines Texture


sailboats in cove

Sailboats In Cove


blue and purple ink abstract face

Blue And Purple Ink Abstract Face


delicate flower

Delicate Flower


buttons top frame

Buttons Top Frame


tall trees reach for blue sky

Tall Trees Reach For Blue Sky


road through rocky terrain

Road Through Rocky Terrain


silhouette on ocean rock

Silhouette On Ocean Rock


lakeside forest

Lakeside Forest


long haired horse by fence

Long Haired Horse By Fence


coffee beans font

Coffee Beans Font


purple orchid closeup

Purple Orchid Closeup


delicate flowers in glossy ceramic vase

Delicate Flowers In Glossy Ceramic Vase


salvador dali desert

Salvador Dali Desert


fuchsia white blossoming flowers

Fuchsia White Blossoming Flowers


chain link fence

Chain Link Fence


green and pink flower

Green And Pink Flower


boat in the ocean

Boat In The Ocean


electric guitar held high

Electric Guitar Held High


small rocky island in blue ocean shallows

Small Rocky Island In Blue Ocean Shallows


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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.