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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forest rain fall

Forest Rain Fall


summer city flat iron building

Summer City Flat Iron Building.Jpeg


salvador dali desert

Salvador Dali Desert


tall trees reach for blue sky

Tall Trees Reach For Blue Sky


woman looking at horizon

Woman Looking At Horizon


bright red fruit growing on apple tree

Bright Red Fruit Growing On Apple Tree


fog and mist over forest trees

Fog And Mist Over Forest Trees


spanish mountain landscape

Spanish Mountain Landscape


montenegro sunset

Montenegro Sunset


coffee beans and mug flatlay

Coffee Beans And Mug Flatlay


sailboats in cove

Sailboats In Cove


remote log cabin on calm forest river

Remote Log Cabin On Calm Forest River


red and green leaves with wood background

Red And Green Leaves With Wood Background


ripe red strawberries in a white bowl

Ripe Red Strawberries In A White Bowl


aged wood & brick

Aged Wood & Brick


tall green plant on white background

Tall Green Plant On White Background


blue new york

Blue New York


musical instruments for folk music

Musical Instruments For Folk Music


one single daisy

One Single Daisy


blank white book with rose pedals

Blank White Book With Rose Pedals


desert highway

Desert Highway


blue and purple ink abstract face

Blue And Purple Ink Abstract Face


coffee beans font

Coffee Beans Font


black crow in flight

Black Crow In Flight


chain link fence

Chain Link Fence


coffee on white

Coffee On White


plugged in vintage tv on purple infinity background

Plugged In Vintage TV on Purple Infinity Background


japanese garden rock texture

Japanese Garden Rock Texture


romantic horseback riding by ocean

Romantic Horseback Riding By Ocean


green and pink flower

Green And Pink Flower


mountains in africa

Mountains In Africa


vine growing up a brick wall

Vine Growing Up A Brick Wall


green foxglove plant

Green Foxglove Plant


traveller looks down

Traveller Looks Down


spring gardening set up

Spring Gardening Set Up


peeling paint wall texture

Peeling Paint Wall Texture


road through rocky terrain

Road Through Rocky Terrain


autumn leaves in water

Autumn Leaves In Water


race track numbers

Race Track Numbers


man canoeing on water

Man Canoeing On Water


waterfall through rock face

Waterfall Through Rock Face


black yellow and red ink

Black Yellow And Red Ink


fresh lettuce greens in bowl

Fresh Lettuce Greens In Bowl


vintage blue robot portrait wide

Vintage Blue Robot Portrait Wide


rapids & forest

Rapids & Forest


handful of euros currency

Handful Of Euros Currency


zen garden peace stone

Zen Garden Peace Stone


japanese garden fountain

Japanese Garden Fountain


purple flower petals close up

Purple Flower Petals Close Up


ireland grass field

Ireland Grass Field


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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.