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.