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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high contrast upward glance at pink flowers in bloom

High Contrast Upward Glance At Pink Flowers In Bloom

new york night skyline

New York Night Skyline

deck and vines texture

Deck And Vines Texture

bare winter tree branches

Bare Winter Tree Branches

night view of brooklyn bridge

Night View Of Brooklyn Bridge

fresh green and purple fancy lettuce

Fresh Green And Purple Fancy Lettuce

stoney beach

Stoney Beach

icy glass branches

Icy Glass Branches

succulent closeup

Succulent Closeup

small rocky island in blue ocean shallows

Small Rocky Island In Blue Ocean Shallows

hiking volcanic rock

Hiking Volcanic Rock

dried leaves frame bottom on wood background

Dried Leaves Frame Bottom On Wood Background

close up of a yellow flower detail

Close Up Of A Yellow Flower Detail

easter mini chocolate eggs texture

Easter Mini Chocolate Eggs Texture

boat in the ocean

Boat In The Ocean

rainbow reaches for clouds by shore

Rainbow Reaches For Clouds By Shore

berry wreath on marble

Berry Wreath On Marble

daisies on pink

Daisies On Pink

autumn table decor

Autumn Table Decor

basket of fresh picked apple

Basket Of Fresh Picked Apple

gold helium balloons on white wall

Gold Helium Balloons On White Wall

toronto flatiron building in summer

Toronto Flatiron Building In Summer

cessna aircraft on tarmac

Cessna Aircraft On Tarmac

rural iceland sunset

Rural Iceland Sunset

delicate flower

Delicate Flower

noel letter tiles on snow

Noel Letter Tiles On Snow

hotel bed with bamboo details

Hotel Bed With Bamboo Details

long haired horse by fence

Long Haired Horse By Fence

metal bridge angled beams

Metal Bridge Angled Beams

ice cream milkshake in hand on teal

Ice Cream Milkshake In Hand On Teal

fog rolls through forest hillside

Fog Rolls Through forest Hillside

four paper crafted carrots

Four Paper Crafted Carrots

light art under northern lights

Light Art Under Northern Lights

pink church doors with neon hard above

Pink Church Doors With Neon Hard Above

woman looking at horizon

Woman Looking At Horizon

rustic wooden fence surrounding framland at sunset

Rustic wooden Fence Surrounding Framland At Sunset

close up small pumpkin pile

Close Up Small Pumpkin Pile

white copper and wood background

White Copper And Wood Background

fuchsia blossom closeup

Fuchsia Blossom Closeup

montenegro sunset

Montenegro Sunset

front facing view of minimal desk setup

Front Facing View Of Minimal Desk Setup

summer city flat iron building

Summer City Flat Iron Building.Jpeg

spanish mountain landscape

Spanish Mountain Landscape

salvador dali desert

Salvador Dali Desert

tall trees reach for blue sky

Tall Trees Reach For Blue Sky

aged wood & brick

Aged Wood & Brick

starry night sky over forest

Starry Night Sky Over Forest

coffee beans and mug flatlay

Coffee Beans And Mug Flatlay

blue and purple ink abstract face

Blue And Purple Ink Abstract Face

bright red fruit growing on apple tree

Bright Red Fruit Growing On Apple Tree

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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.