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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purple orchid closeup

Purple Orchid Closeup


glacier water winding through landscape

Glacier Water Winding Through Landscape


coffee on white

Coffee On White


romantic horseback riding by ocean

Romantic Horseback Riding By Ocean


abandoned home in field

Abandoned Home In Field


forest rain fall

Forest Rain Fall


purple ink cloud

Purple Ink Cloud


fog and mist over forest trees

Fog And Mist Over Forest Trees


aerial two rows of docked sailboats

Aerial Two Rows Of Docked Sailboats


red and green leaves with wood background

Red And Green Leaves With Wood Background


race track numbers

Race Track Numbers


peeling paint wall texture

Peeling Paint Wall Texture


ireland grasslands

Ireland Grasslands


bank of india paper notes

Bank Of India Paper Notes


remote log cabin on calm forest river

Remote Log Cabin On Calm Forest River


woodgrain background with chinese animals

Woodgrain Background With Chinese Animals


bike & vines

Bike & Vines


city by mountain

City By Mountain


dead end in the forest

Dead End In The Forest


zen garden peace stone

Zen Garden Peace Stone


minimal image of tall plant against the wall

Minimal Image Of Tall Plant Against The Wall


japanese garden rock texture

Japanese Garden Rock Texture


front facing view of minimal desk setup

Front Facing View Of Minimal Desk Setup


ireland grass field

Ireland Grass Field


colorful kites for surfing

Colorful Kites For Surfing


blue nature

Blue Nature


delicate pink flowers with yellow leaves

Delicate Pink Flowers With Yellow Leaves


tall green plant on white background

Tall Green Plant On White Background


musical instruments for folk music

Musical Instruments For Folk Music


handful of euros currency

Handful Of Euros Currency


japanese garden fountain

Japanese Garden Fountain


bright purple ink drop on white

Bright Purple Ink Drop On White


water kite adventure

Water Kite Adventure


bright red and yellow summer flowers

Bright Red And Yellow Summer Flowers


fresh lettuce greens in bowl

Fresh Lettuce Greens In Bowl


empty subway train car.jpeg

Empty Subway Train Car


resting by galcier waterfall

Resting By Galcier Waterfall


red mesh texture close up

Red Mesh Texture Close Up


beach volleyball courts

Beach Volleyball Courts


rushing waterfall in iceland

Rushing Waterfall In Iceland


kayaks on racks under blue sky.jpeg

Kayaks On Racks Under Blue Sky


bursting fireworks

Bursting Fireworks


blue water red shore green land

Blue Water Red Shore Green Land


bouquets of flowers on display in window

Bouquets Of Flowers On Display In Window


purple flower petals close up

Purple Flower Petals Close Up


vine growing up a brick wall

Vine Growing Up A Brick Wall


four buildings from below small clouds

Four Buildings From Below Small Clouds


forest wildflowers

Forest Wildflowers


lensball blue and orange lights

Lensball Blue And Orange Lights


lemonade on white woodgrain table

Lemonade On White Woodgrain Table


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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.