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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bright red fruit growing on apple tree

Bright Red Fruit Growing On Apple Tree

traveller looks down

Traveller Looks Down

coffee beans font

Coffee Beans Font

green and pink flower

Green And Pink Flower

curvy shoreline with gravel path

Curvy Shoreline With Gravel Path

black yellow and red ink

Black Yellow And Red Ink

close up of a yellow flower detail

Close Up Of A Yellow Flower Detail

road through rocky terrain

Road Through Rocky Terrain

blank white book with rose pedals

Blank White Book With Rose Pedals

forest rain fall

Forest Rain Fall

minimal image of tall plant against the wall

Minimal Image Of Tall Plant Against The Wall

desert highway

Desert Highway

man canoeing on water

Man Canoeing On Water

red and green leaves with wood background

Red And Green Leaves With Wood Background

green foxglove plant

Green Foxglove Plant

blue nature

Blue Nature

mountains in africa

Mountains In Africa

chain link fence

Chain Link Fence

black crow in flight

Black Crow In Flight

rapids & forest

Rapids & Forest

spring gardening set up

Spring Gardening Set Up

coffee on white

Coffee On White

fog and mist over forest trees

Fog And Mist Over Forest Trees

waterfall through rock face

Waterfall Through Rock Face

romantic horseback riding by ocean

Romantic Horseback Riding By Ocean

peeling paint wall texture

Peeling Paint Wall Texture

glacier water winding through landscape

Glacier Water Winding Through Landscape

grainy hand falling down

Grainy Hand Falling Down

remote log cabin on calm forest river

Remote Log Cabin On Calm Forest River

fuchsia white blossoming flowers

Fuchsia White Blossoming Flowers

purple ink cloud

Purple Ink Cloud

race track numbers

Race Track Numbers

red mesh texture close up

Red Mesh Texture Close Up

purple orchid closeup

Purple Orchid Closeup

bouquets of flowers on display in window

Bouquets Of Flowers On Display In Window

japanese garden rock texture

Japanese Garden Rock Texture

musical instruments for folk music

Musical Instruments For Folk Music

buttons top frame

Buttons Top Frame

tall green plant on white background

Tall Green Plant On White Background

ireland grasslands

Ireland Grasslands

abandoned home in field

Abandoned Home In Field

zen garden peace stone

Zen Garden Peace Stone

bank of india paper notes

Bank Of India Paper Notes

teal and pink abstract forms in water

Teal And Pink Abstract Forms In Water

ireland grass field

Ireland Grass Field

dead end in the forest

Dead End In The Forest

handful of euros currency

Handful Of Euros Currency

city by mountain

City By Mountain

aerial two rows of docked sailboats

Aerial Two Rows Of Docked Sailboats

japanese garden fountain

Japanese Garden Fountain

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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.