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.

rushing waterfall in iceland

Rushing Waterfall In Iceland


small rocky island in blue ocean shallows

Small Rocky Island In Blue Ocean Shallows


lakeside forest

Lakeside Forest


one single daisy

One Single Daisy


view of lisbon hillside

View Of Lisbon Hillside


purple spotted flowers

Purple Spotted Flowers


ireland grass field

Ireland Grass Field


black and white marble texture

Black And White Marble Texture


delicate flowers in glossy ceramic vase

Delicate Flowers In Glossy Ceramic Vase


bright purple ink drop on white

Bright Purple Ink Drop On White


man canoeing on water

Man Canoeing On Water


summer portrait of woman

Summer Portrait Of Woman


small pumpkins and colorful corn

Small Pumpkins And Colorful Corn


silhouette on ocean rock

Silhouette On Ocean Rock


resting by galcier waterfall

Resting By Galcier Waterfall


peeling paint wall texture

Peeling Paint Wall Texture


bursting fireworks

Bursting Fireworks


forest wildflowers

Forest Wildflowers


blue water red shore green land

Blue Water Red Shore Green Land


forest rain fall

Forest Rain Fall


birch trees in winter

Birch Trees In Winter


grapes on stem with moisture

Grapes On Stem With Moisture


cessna aircraft on tarmac

Cessna Aircraft On Tarmac


empire state top cloudy sky

Empire State Top Cloudy Sky


colorful autumn hike

Colorful Autumn Hike


sunset over lisbon portugal

Sunset Over Lisbon Portugal


kayaks on racks under blue sky.jpeg

Kayaks On Racks Under Blue Sky


blank white book with rose pedals

Blank White Book With Rose Pedals


icy glass branches

Icy Glass Branches


stoney beach

Stoney Beach


fresh green and purple fancy lettuce

Fresh Green And Purple Fancy Lettuce


snowy mountains reflect in water at sunrise

Snowy Mountains Reflect In Water At Sunrise


desert plant wall

Desert Plant Wall


delicate pink flowers with yellow leaves

Delicate Pink Flowers With Yellow Leaves


photographer shooting sunrise

Photographer Shooting Sunrise


white copper and wood background

White Copper And Wood Background


pink heart made of flower petals

Pink Heart Made Of Flower Petals


bench overlooking farm field and oncoming storm

Bench Overlooking Farm Field And Oncoming Storm


dried grass

Dried Grass


bright blue waters and red sandy shores

Bright Blue Waters And Red Sandy Shores


mountains pyrenees

Mountains Pyrenees


delicate flower

Delicate Flower


rainbow pencil crayons

Rainbow Pencil Crayons


lensball blue and orange lights

Lensball Blue And Orange Lights


vines take over brick home

Vines Take Over Brick Home


curve of city building from below

Curve Of City Building From Below


bright red fruit growing on apple tree

Bright Red Fruit Growing On Apple Tree


iceland hiking

Iceland Hiking


colored pencils close up

Colored Pencils Close Up


tiny green leaves up close

Tiny Green Leaves Up Close


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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.