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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rocky hill top reflects mountains in a pool of water

Rocky Hill Top Reflects Mountains In A Pool Of Water


branches with spring blossoms frame a mountian view

Branches With Spring Blossoms Frame A Mountian View


person sits and takes in the rocky mountain view

Person Sits And Takes In The Rocky Mountain View


view of a marina and an island airport

View Of A Marina And An Island Airport


large cloudy sky overlooking water and islands

Large Cloudy Sky Overlooking Water And Islands


white house covered in vines

White House Covered In Vines


tree silhouetted against a white sky

Tree Silhouetted Against A White Sky


pathway upwards on a steep cliff

Pathway Upwards On A Steep Cliff


white horses in a lush forest

White Horses In A Lush Forest


person in orange sits on dock

Person In Orange Sits On Dock


calm water laps the shoreline

Calm Water Laps The Shoreline


rocky coast line meets ocean waves

Rocky Coast Line Meets Ocean Waves


aerial view of a green forest

Aerial View Of A Green Forest


lighthouse on rocks overlooks water

Lighthouse On Rocks Overlooks Water


mountain top view over range

Mountain Top View Over Range


rustic tropical coastline

Rustic Tropical Coastline


sunsets over still water at shore

Sunsets Over Still Water At Shore


misty ocean coast with crashing waves

Misty Ocean Coast With Crashing Waves


lush forest on a foggy day

Lush Forest On A Foggy Day


winding tree towers over landscape

Winding Tree Towers Over Landscape


blue water and white cliffs surrounded by trees

Blue Water And White Cliffs Surrounded By Trees


silhouette of person standing on a cliff at sunset

Silhouette Of Person Standing On A Cliff At Sunset


happily leaving 2020 behind

Happily Leaving 2020 Behind


2021 words in wooden tiles on pink

2021 Words In Wooden Tiles On Pink


tall yellow sunflower below clear sky

Tall Yellow Sunflower Below Clear Sky


bright white daisy surrounded by foliage

Bright White Daisy Surrounded By Foliage


field of golden wheat

Field Of Golden Wheat


small white flowers in a bunch

Small White Flowers In A Bunch


sunrise creates light rays through a forest

Sunrise Creates Light Rays Through A Forest


wild white daisy with green leaves

Wild White Daisy With Green Leaves


sunbeams rising through forest trees

Sunbeams Rising Through Forest Trees


green fern leaves fill frame

Green Fern Leaves Fill Frame


small wild white flowers on sunny day

Small Wild White Flowers On Sunny Day


orange hanging from orange tree

Orange Hanging From Orange Tree


clothes pins against a bright blue sky

Clothes Pins Against A Bright Blue Sky


wheatsheaf against a blue sky

Wheatsheaf Against A Blue Sky


dark green leaf showing the details

Dark Green Leaf Showing The Details


lifeguard chair on an empty beach

Lifeguard Chair On An Empty Beach


a hand holds up a white daisy

A Hand Holds Up A White Daisy


two white daisies in a green field

Two White Daisies In A Green Field


sunflower looks up towards the sun

Sunflower Looks Up Towards The Sun


close up of a yellow flower detail

Close Up Of A Yellow Flower Detail


sunflower fills center of a frame

Sunflower Fills Center Of A Frame


close up of a daisy with yellow center

Close Up Of A Daisy With Yellow Center


vintage silver camera surrounded by foliage

Vintage Silver Camera Surrounded By Foliage


line of rich red berries on blue background

Line Of Rich Red Berries On Blue Background


cedar and pinecones background

Cedar And Pinecones Background


a view from shiroyama park

A View From Shiroyama Park


home interior meets garden exterior

Home Interior Meets Garden Exterior


deep blue and white ocean waves

Deep Blue And White Ocean Waves


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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.