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.

blooming red flowers on bush

Blooming Red Flowers On Bush


iceland hut in grassy hill

Iceland Hut In Grassy Hill


blueberries on linen

Blueberries On Linen


empty subway train car.jpeg

Empty Subway Train Car


long haired horse by fence

Long Haired Horse By Fence


dark green foliage

Dark Green Foliage


silhouette on ocean rock

Silhouette On Ocean Rock


spider and web moonlight silhouette

Spider And Web Moonlight Silhouette


snowy mountains reflect in water at sunrise

Snowy Mountains Reflect In Water At Sunrise


handful of euros currency

Handful Of Euros Currency


surfing with kite

Surfing With Kite


lensball person walking down hallway

Lensball Person Walking Down Hallway


fallen tree on hill with snow

Fallen Tree On Hill With Snow


lake water ripples

Lake Water Ripples


purple flower petals close up

Purple Flower Petals Close Up


happy halloween with confetti

Happy Halloween With Confetti


electric guitar held high

Electric Guitar Held High


queen street west

Queen Street West


nature sky sunset

Nature Sky Sunset


race track numbers

Race Track Numbers


bouquets of flowers on display in window

Bouquets Of Flowers On Display In Window


natural pillars in ocean

Natural Pillars In Ocean


city view binoculars

City View Binoculars


purple summer blossom

Purple Summer Blossom


lemonade on white woodgrain table

Lemonade On White Woodgrain Table


green leaf texture close up

Green Leaf Texture Close Up


white background with brances frame

White Background With Brances Frame


three green leaves

Three Green Leaves


fresh lettuce greens in bowl

Fresh Lettuce Greens In Bowl


telephone wires at sunset

Telephone Wires At Sunset


bright blue waters and red sandy shores

Bright Blue Waters And Red Sandy Shores


hotel bed with bamboo details

Hotel Bed With Bamboo Details


plants after rain

Plants After Rain


blurry truck passes on highway

Blurry Truck Passes On Highway


waterfall through rock face

Waterfall Through Rock Face


train station window

Train Station Window


four buildings from below small clouds

Four Buildings From Below Small Clouds


colored tile design

Colored Tile Design


white bark trees

White Bark Trees


rippling lake

Rippling Lake


tree lined rural road

Tree Lined Rural Road


adveturer legs dangle over canyon edge

Adveturer Legs Dangle Over Canyon Edge


spring gardening set up

Spring Gardening Set Up


stackable chips in lines

Stackable Chips In Lines


black and yellow ink streams upwards

Black And Yellow Ink Streams Upwards


starry night sky over forest

Starry Night Sky Over Forest


dried leaves frame bottom on wood background

Dried Leaves Frame Bottom On Wood Background


sunbeams streak through forrest trees

Sunbeams Streak Through Forrest Trees


coffee spelled in beans

Coffee Spelled In Beans


coffee written with beans

Coffee Written With Beans


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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.