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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antelope canyon grand canyon arizona

Antelope Canyon Grand Canyon Arizona


round colored tile

Round Colored Tile


nyc manhattan brooklyn bridge

NYC Manhattan Brooklyn Bridge


yellow tv set on monochromatic seamless backdrop

Yellow TV Set On Monochromatic Seamless Backdrop


red ink drop on white

Red Ink Drop On White


sparkler at night

Sparkler At Night


skateboard in sky

Skateboard In Sky


waterfall through trees

Waterfall Through Trees


rubber tree plant leaves

Rubber Tree Plant Leaves


sea ocean waves coast

Sea Ocean Waves Coast


man walking away in shadows

Man Walking Away In Shadows


portugal rocks with boat

Portugal Rocks With Boat


sunny misty background

Sunny Misty Background


icelandic fields & nature

Icelandic Fields & Nature


urban green roof drone portrait

Urban Green Roof Drone Portrait


new york bridges from above

New York Bridges From Above


hiking in africa

Hiking In Africa


natural wood fence

Natural Wood Fence


cafe brown espresso cup

Cafe Brown Espresso Cup


pink heart made of flower petals

Pink Heart Made Of Flower Petals


white crane water reflection

White Crane Water Reflection


delicate flowers in glossy ceramic vase

Delicate Flowers In Glossy Ceramic Vase


summer in tokyo at night

Summer In Tokyo At Night


city sky sunset

City Sky Sunset


boat in clear blue ocean

Boat In Clear Blue Ocean


watching the waterfall

Watching The Waterfall


white crane reflection in dark water

White Crane Reflection In Dark Water


pots seeds and leaves

Pots Seeds And Leaves


leaves on orange

Leaves On Orange


flower bed bright and dark green

Flower Bed Bright And Dark Green


blue landscape

Blue Landscape


oregon bridge by multnomah waterfall

Oregon Bridge By Multnomah Waterfall


silhouette on ocean rock

Silhouette On Ocean Rock


storm clouds at sunset

Storm Clouds At Sunset


snowy mountains reflect in water at sunrise

Snowy Mountains Reflect In Water At Sunrise


puffy cloud

Puffy Cloud


sunset over fishing village

Sunset Over Fishing Village


lakeside forest

Lakeside Forest


fresh market vegetables

Fresh Market Vegetables


orange ink galaxy

Orange Ink Galaxy


coffee beans background

Coffee Beans Background


aerial photo of paved road surrounded by trees

Aerial Photo Of Paved Road Surrounded By Trees


two rows of stacked shipping containers

Two Rows Of Stacked Shipping Containers


spider and web moonlight silhouette

Spider And Web Moonlight Silhouette


clouded hills

Clouded Hills


rustic living room feel with exposed brick

Rustic Living Room Feel With Exposed Brick


hiking green fields & hills

Hiking Green Fields & Hills


electric guitar held high

Electric Guitar Held High


white sequins

White Sequins


high contrast upward glance at pink flowers in bloom

High Contrast Upward Glance At Pink Flowers In Bloom


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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.