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.

pine forest and road

Pine Forest And Road

fresh market vegetables

Fresh Market Vegetables

leaves on orange

Leaves On Orange

bare winter tree branches

Bare Winter Tree Branches

sunset over fishing village

Sunset Over Fishing Village

clouded hills

Clouded Hills

succulent closeup

Succulent Closeup

autumn table decor

Autumn Table Decor

night view of brooklyn bridge

Night View Of Brooklyn Bridge

white sequins

White Sequins

new york night skyline

New York Night Skyline

coffee beans background

Coffee Beans Background

high contrast upward glance at pink flowers in bloom

High Contrast Upward Glance At Pink Flowers In Bloom

rural iceland sunset

Rural Iceland Sunset

curvy shoreline with gravel path

Curvy Shoreline With Gravel Path

pink heart made of flower petals

Pink Heart Made Of Flower Petals

black yellow and red ink

Black Yellow And Red Ink

fuchsia blossom closeup

Fuchsia Blossom Closeup

hiking green fields & hills

Hiking Green Fields & Hills

flower bed bright and dark green

Flower Bed Bright And Dark Green

icelandic fields & nature

Icelandic Fields & Nature

puffy cloud

Puffy Cloud

spanish mountain landscape

Spanish Mountain Landscape

silhouette on ocean rock

Silhouette On Ocean Rock

deck and vines texture

Deck And Vines Texture

metal bridge angled beams

Metal Bridge Angled Beams

toronto flatiron building in summer

Toronto Flatiron Building In Summer

aged wood & brick

Aged Wood & Brick

bright blue waters and red sandy shores

Bright Blue Waters And Red Sandy Shores

montenegro sunset

Montenegro Sunset

delicate flowers in glossy ceramic vase

Delicate Flowers In Glossy Ceramic Vase

blue and purple ink abstract face

Blue And Purple Ink Abstract Face

rapids & forest

Rapids & Forest

traveller looks down

Traveller Looks Down

delicate flower

Delicate Flower

sailboats in cove

Sailboats In Cove

tall trees reach for blue sky

Tall Trees Reach For Blue Sky

summer city flat iron building

Summer City Flat Iron Building.Jpeg

buttons top frame

Buttons Top Frame

electric guitar held high

Electric Guitar Held High

road through rocky terrain

Road Through Rocky Terrain

black and white marble texture

Black And White Marble Texture

lakeside forest

Lakeside Forest

boat in the ocean

Boat In The Ocean

coffee beans font

Coffee Beans Font

basket of fresh picked apple

Basket Of Fresh Picked Apple

close up small pumpkin pile

Close Up Small Pumpkin Pile

purple orchid closeup

Purple Orchid Closeup

small rocky island in blue ocean shallows

Small Rocky Island In Blue Ocean Shallows

chain link fence

Chain Link Fence

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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.