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.

yellow tv set on monochromatic seamless backdrop

Yellow TV Set On Monochromatic Seamless Backdrop

icy glass branches

Icy Glass Branches

white background with brances frame

White Background With Brances Frame

delicate pink flowers with yellow leaves

Delicate Pink Flowers With Yellow Leaves

romantic horseback riding by ocean

Romantic Horseback Riding By Ocean

forest wildflowers

Forest Wildflowers

cessna aircraft on tarmac

Cessna Aircraft On Tarmac

hotel bed with bamboo details

Hotel Bed With Bamboo Details

blue water red shore green land

Blue Water Red Shore Green Land

empty subway train car.jpeg

Empty Subway Train Car

mountains pyrenees

Mountains Pyrenees

summer portrait of woman

Summer Portrait Of Woman

resting by galcier waterfall

Resting By Galcier Waterfall

colorful autumn hike

Colorful Autumn Hike

birch trees in winter

Birch Trees In Winter

dried leaves frame bottom on wood background

Dried Leaves Frame Bottom On Wood Background

ice cream milkshake in hand on teal

Ice Cream Milkshake In Hand On Teal

lensball blue and orange lights

Lensball Blue And Orange Lights

sunset over lisbon portugal

Sunset Over Lisbon Portugal

desert plant wall

Desert Plant Wall

handful of euros currency

Handful Of Euros Currency

small pumpkins and colorful corn

Small Pumpkins And Colorful Corn

bursting fireworks

Bursting Fireworks

earth day written in dirt

Earth Day Written In Dirt

bright red fruit growing on apple tree

Bright Red Fruit Growing On Apple Tree

race track numbers

Race Track Numbers

hiking volcanic rock

Hiking Volcanic Rock

empire state top cloudy sky

Empire State Top Cloudy Sky

bench overlooking farm field and oncoming storm

Bench Overlooking Farm Field And Oncoming Storm

iceland hiking

Iceland Hiking

vines take over brick home

Vines Take Over Brick Home

pink church doors with neon hard above

Pink Church Doors With Neon Hard Above

rustic living room feel with exposed brick

Rustic Living Room Feel With Exposed Brick

photographer shooting sunrise

Photographer Shooting Sunrise

rainbow pencil crayons

Rainbow Pencil Crayons

dried grass

Dried Grass

bouquets of flowers on display in window

Bouquets Of Flowers On Display In Window

colored pencils close up

Colored Pencils Close Up

four buildings from below small clouds

Four Buildings From Below Small Clouds

starry night sky over forest

Starry Night Sky Over Forest

orange vertical lines

Orange Vertical Lines

purple flower petals close up

Purple Flower Petals Close Up

musical instruments for folk music

Musical Instruments For Folk Music

rainbow reaches for clouds by shore

Rainbow Reaches For Clouds By Shore

sunbeams streak through forrest trees

Sunbeams Streak Through Forrest Trees

nature sky sunset

Nature Sky Sunset

tiny green leaves up close

Tiny Green Leaves Up Close

lemonade on white woodgrain table

Lemonade On White Woodgrain Table

dark green foliage

Dark Green Foliage

green leaf texture close up

Green Leaf Texture Close Up

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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.