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.

icelandic fields & nature

Icelandic Fields & Nature


tall trees reach for blue sky

Tall Trees Reach For Blue Sky


glacier water winding through landscape

Glacier Water Winding Through Landscape


beach volleyball courts

Beach Volleyball Courts


montenegro sunset

Montenegro Sunset


metal bridge angled beams

Metal Bridge Angled Beams


green and pink flower

Green And Pink Flower


bank of india paper notes

Bank Of India Paper Notes


campfire

Campfire


traveller looks down

Traveller Looks Down


toronto flatiron building in summer

Toronto Flatiron Building In Summer


abandoned home in field

Abandoned Home In Field


coffee beans and mug flatlay

Coffee Beans And Mug Flatlay


pine forest and road

Pine Forest And Road


chain link fence

Chain Link Fence


purple ink cloud

Purple Ink Cloud


spiral staircase from above

Spiral Staircase From Above


green foxglove plant

Green Foxglove Plant


puffy cloud

Puffy Cloud


mountains in africa

Mountains In Africa


salvador dali desert

Salvador Dali Desert


water kite adventure

Water Kite Adventure


city by mountain

City By Mountain


bright red and yellow summer flowers

Bright Red And Yellow Summer Flowers


light art under northern lights

Light Art Under Northern Lights


noel letter tiles on snow

Noel Letter Tiles On Snow


new york three bridges

New York Three Bridges


boat in the ocean

Boat In The Ocean


pots seeds and leaves

Pots Seeds And Leaves


spring in dirt with flower pedals

Spring In Dirt With Flower Pedals


desert highway

Desert Highway


autumn table decor

Autumn Table Decor


lisbon portugal at sunset

Lisbon Portugal At Sunset


starry nigh sky shows off galaxy

Starry Nigh Sky Shows Off Galaxy


boardwalk through marsh under bright purple sky

Boardwalk Through Marsh Under Bright Purple Sky


woman looking at horizon

Woman Looking At Horizon


bike & vines

Bike & Vines


rustic wooden fence surrounding framland at sunset

Rustic wooden Fence Surrounding Framland At Sunset


hiking in africa

Hiking In Africa


close up small pumpkin pile

Close Up Small Pumpkin Pile


coffee on white

Coffee On White


ireland grasslands

Ireland Grasslands


flower bed bright and dark green

Flower Bed Bright And Dark Green


deck and vines texture

Deck And Vines Texture


rushing waterfall in iceland

Rushing Waterfall In Iceland


black crow in flight

Black Crow In Flight


city through glass ball

City Through Glass Ball


one single daisy

One Single Daisy


purple spotted flowers

Purple Spotted Flowers


woodgrain background with chinese animals

Woodgrain Background With Chinese Animals


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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.