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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small red lighthouse in the rocks

Small Red Lighthouse In The Rocks


lighthouse surrounded by daisies

Lighthouse Surrounded By Daisies


sunset gradient overlooking ocean

Sunset Gradient Overlooking Ocean


empty cup surrounded by coffee beans

Empty Cup Surrounded By Coffee Beans


campervan under morning sunrise

Campervan Under Morning Sunrise


phone with the word inspire on screen

Phone With The Word Inspire On Screen


beacon nestled at the edge of a cliff

Beacon Nestled At The Edge Of A Cliff


coffee beans in love heart shape

Coffee Beans In Love Heart Shape


close up of small colorful parrot

Close Up Of Small Colorful Parrot


painted lanterns illuminating a room

Painted Lanterns Illuminating A Room


mobile gimbal floating on grey background

Mobile Gimbal Floating On Grey Background


small mirrorless camera on grey background

Small Mirrorless Camera On Grey Background


camera floating on grey background

Camera Floating On Grey Background


skater at skatepark with film grain

Skater At Skatepark With Film Grain


a pocket of forest in a dense city

A Pocket Of Forest In A Dense City


stone walkway with trees and a view

Stone Walkway With Trees And A View


no parking sign on textured background

No Parking SIgn On Textured Background


two matching archways side by side

Two Matching Archways Side By Side


sunset against a city with hills in the background

Sunset Against A City With Hills In The Background


roofs tops overlooking a packed city

Roofs Tops Overlooking A Packed City


farmland landscape with pointy tall trees

Farmland Landscape With Pointy Tall Trees


abstract white marble and a ladder

Abstract White Marble And A Ladder


flamingos standing in water with mountains in distance

Flamingos Standing In Water With Mountains In Distance


rolling hills lead to a road lined with trees

Rolling Hills Lead To A Road Lined With Trees


reaching bridge over water and mountians

Reaching Bridge Over Water And Mountians


sunset on a large crane and big sky

Sunset On A Large Crane And Big Sky


cn tower against the blue toronto sky

CN Tower Against The Blue Toronto Sky


lighthouse peaks over a cliff at sunset

Lighthouse Peaks Over A Cliff At Sunset


snowy mountains and a winding dirt road

Snowy Mountains And A Winding Dirt Road


a lighthouse sits on top of a cliff

A Lighthouse Sits On Top Of A Cliff


lighthouse peaks at sunset

Lighthouse Peaks At Sunset


lighthouse on the coastside

Lighthouse On The Coastside


icy lake and snowy mountain tops

Icy Lake And Snowy Mountain Tops


view of the coast on a clear day

View Of The Coast On A Clear Day


view of the forest floor

View Of The Forest Floor


hazy ocean views

Hazy Ocean Views


two silhouettes of people fishing at sunset

Two Silhouettes Of People Fishing At Sunset


sunset on open water

Sunset On Open Water


sunset creates colorful sky over trees

Sunset Creates Colorful Sky Over Trees


white wagtail catches an insect

White Wagtail Catches An Insect


wild hare found in a field

WIld Hare Found In A Field


european robin on a branch

European Robin On A Branch


monochrome butterfly on hand

Monochrome Butterfly On Hand


patterns from in antelope canyon

Patterns From In Antelope Canyon


sunlight creeps into antelope canyon

Sunlight Creeps Into Antelope Canyon


deep beneath the antelope canyon

Deep Beneath The Antelope Canyon


clouds creep over snowy mountain

Clouds Creep Over Snowy Mountain


edison bulbs illuminating the festival of lights

Edison Bulbs Illuminating The Festival Of LIghts


close up of candles and petals

Close Up Of Candles And Petals


edison bulbs and blurred lights

Edison Bulbs And Blurred Lights


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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.