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.

basket of fresh picked apple

Basket Of Fresh Picked Apple


ireland grass field

Ireland Grass Field


bright purple ink drop on white

Bright Purple Ink Drop On White


view of lisbon hillside

View Of Lisbon Hillside


small pumpkins and colorful corn

Small Pumpkins And Colorful Corn


summer portrait of woman

Summer Portrait Of Woman


man canoeing on water

Man Canoeing On Water


resting by galcier waterfall

Resting By Galcier Waterfall


black and white marble texture

Black And White Marble Texture


peeling paint wall texture

Peeling Paint Wall Texture


small rocky island in blue ocean shallows

Small Rocky Island In Blue Ocean Shallows


aerial two rows of docked sailboats

Aerial Two Rows Of Docked Sailboats


bursting fireworks

Bursting Fireworks


forest wildflowers

Forest Wildflowers


birch trees in winter

Birch Trees In Winter


dried grass

Dried Grass


colorful autumn hike

Colorful Autumn Hike


stoney beach

Stoney Beach


empire state top cloudy sky

Empire State Top Cloudy Sky


sunset over lisbon portugal

Sunset Over Lisbon Portugal


lakeside forest

Lakeside Forest


delicate flowers in glossy ceramic vase

Delicate Flowers In Glossy Ceramic Vase


forest rain fall

Forest Rain Fall


desert plant wall

Desert Plant Wall


grapes on stem with moisture

Grapes On Stem With Moisture


blank white book with rose pedals

Blank White Book With Rose Pedals


photographer shooting sunrise

Photographer Shooting Sunrise


bench overlooking farm field and oncoming storm

Bench Overlooking Farm Field And Oncoming Storm


kayaks on racks under blue sky.jpeg

Kayaks On Racks Under Blue Sky


delicate flower

Delicate Flower


fresh green and purple fancy lettuce

Fresh Green And Purple Fancy Lettuce


mountains pyrenees

Mountains Pyrenees


delicate pink flowers with yellow leaves

Delicate Pink Flowers With Yellow Leaves


rainbow pencil crayons

Rainbow Pencil Crayons


tiny green leaves up close

Tiny Green Leaves Up Close


iceland hiking

Iceland Hiking


colored pencils close up

Colored Pencils Close Up


cessna aircraft on tarmac

Cessna Aircraft On Tarmac


lensball blue and orange lights

Lensball Blue And Orange Lights


earth day written in dirt

Earth Day Written In Dirt


skyscrapers at dusk in the city

Skyscrapers At Dusk In The City


white copper and wood background

White Copper And Wood Background


curve of city building from below

Curve Of City Building From Below


vines take over brick home

Vines Take Over Brick Home


blue water red shore green land

Blue Water Red Shore Green Land


barrels aging in winery

Barrels Aging In Winery


purple foxgloves

Purple Foxgloves


bright red fruit growing on apple tree

Bright Red Fruit Growing On Apple Tree


orange vertical lines

Orange Vertical Lines


blooming red flowers on bush

Blooming Red Flowers On Bush


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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.