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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under city iron bridge

Under City Iron Bridge

purple and black ink drop

Purple And Black Ink Drop

spilled roasted coffee beans

Spilled Roasted Coffee Beans

cn tower sunset

CN Tower Sunset

rainbow and rock cliff

Rainbow And Rock Cliff

abstract green & yellow vertical lines

Abstract Green & Yellow Vertical Lines

nyc manhattan brooklyn bridge

NYC Manhattan Brooklyn Bridge

green ink with yellow and orange drop

Green Ink With Yellow And Orange Drop

round colored tile

Round Colored Tile

white crane reflection in dark water

White Crane Reflection In Dark Water

sea ocean waves coast

Sea Ocean Waves Coast

sparkler at night

Sparkler At Night

waterfall through trees

Waterfall Through Trees

red ink drop on white

Red Ink Drop On White

delicate flowers in glossy ceramic vase

Delicate Flowers In Glossy Ceramic Vase

skateboard in sky

Skateboard In Sky

man walking away in shadows

Man Walking Away In Shadows

icelandic fields & nature

Icelandic Fields & Nature

boat in clear blue ocean

Boat In Clear Blue Ocean

hiking in africa

Hiking In Africa

cafe brown espresso cup

Cafe Brown Espresso Cup

snowy mountains reflect in water at sunrise

Snowy Mountains Reflect In Water At Sunrise

pink heart made of flower petals

Pink Heart Made Of Flower Petals

portugal rocks with boat

Portugal Rocks With Boat

city sky sunset

City Sky Sunset

sunny misty background

Sunny Misty Background

natural wood fence

Natural Wood Fence

blue landscape

Blue Landscape

leaves on orange

Leaves On Orange

flower bed bright and dark green

Flower Bed Bright And Dark Green

puffy cloud

Puffy Cloud

new york bridges from above

New York Bridges From Above

silhouette on ocean rock

Silhouette On Ocean Rock

ice cream milkshake in hand on teal

Ice Cream Milkshake In Hand On Teal

watching the waterfall

Watching The Waterfall

white crane water reflection

White Crane Water Reflection

rustic living room feel with exposed brick

Rustic Living Room Feel With Exposed Brick

lakeside forest

Lakeside Forest

summer in tokyo at night

Summer In Tokyo At Night

pots seeds and leaves

Pots Seeds And Leaves

hiking volcanic rock

Hiking Volcanic Rock

white sequins

White Sequins

storm clouds at sunset

Storm Clouds At Sunset

oregon bridge by multnomah waterfall

Oregon Bridge By Multnomah Waterfall

gold helium balloons on white wall

Gold Helium Balloons On White Wall

black and white marble texture

Black And White Marble Texture

coffee beans background

Coffee Beans Background

electric guitar held high

Electric Guitar Held High

teal and pink abstract forms in water

Teal And Pink Abstract Forms In Water

spider and web moonlight silhouette

Spider And Web Moonlight Silhouette

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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.