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.

green and pink flower

Green And Pink Flower


black and white marble texture

Black And White Marble Texture


rustic wooden fence surrounding framland at sunset

Rustic wooden Fence Surrounding Framland At Sunset


coffee beans and mug flatlay

Coffee Beans And Mug Flatlay


basket of fresh picked apple

Basket Of Fresh Picked Apple


green foxglove plant

Green Foxglove Plant


berry wreath on marble

Berry Wreath On Marble


close up small pumpkin pile

Close Up Small Pumpkin Pile


abandoned home in field

Abandoned Home In Field


bank of india paper notes

Bank Of India Paper Notes


mountains in africa

Mountains In Africa


one single daisy

One Single Daisy


glacier water winding through landscape

Glacier Water Winding Through Landscape


fresh green and purple fancy lettuce

Fresh Green And Purple Fancy Lettuce


noel letter tiles on snow

Noel Letter Tiles On Snow


white copper and wood background

White Copper And Wood Background


colorful kites for surfing

Colorful Kites For Surfing


yellow tv set on monochromatic seamless backdrop

Yellow TV Set On Monochromatic Seamless Backdrop


bike & vines

Bike & Vines


snowy mountains reflect in water at sunrise

Snowy Mountains Reflect In Water At Sunrise


desert highway

Desert Highway


purple ink cloud

Purple Ink Cloud


beach volleyball courts

Beach Volleyball Courts


light art under northern lights

Light Art Under Northern Lights


white crane reflection in dark water

White Crane Reflection In Dark Water


waterfall through rock face

Waterfall Through Rock Face


dead end in the forest

Dead End In The Forest


black crow in flight

Black Crow In Flight


stoney beach

Stoney Beach


woodgrain background with chinese animals

Woodgrain Background With Chinese Animals


ireland grasslands

Ireland Grasslands


spring gardening set up

Spring Gardening Set Up


city by mountain

City By Mountain


bright red and yellow summer flowers

Bright Red And Yellow Summer Flowers


coffee on white

Coffee On White


woman looking at horizon

Woman Looking At Horizon


white background with brances frame

White Background With Brances Frame


blank white book with rose pedals

Blank White Book With Rose Pedals


aerial two rows of docked sailboats

Aerial Two Rows Of Docked Sailboats


spider and web moonlight silhouette

Spider And Web Moonlight Silhouette


water kite adventure

Water Kite Adventure


hotel bed with bamboo details

Hotel Bed With Bamboo Details


forest rain fall

Forest Rain Fall


man canoeing on water

Man Canoeing On Water


peeling paint wall texture

Peeling Paint Wall Texture


lisbon portugal at sunset

Lisbon Portugal At Sunset


dried leaves frame bottom on wood background

Dried Leaves Frame Bottom On Wood Background


romantic horseback riding by ocean

Romantic Horseback Riding By Ocean


rustic wooden window frame against exposed brick

Rustic Wooden Window Frame Against Exposed Brick


ireland grass field

Ireland Grass Field


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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.