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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salvador dali desert

Salvador Dali Desert

woman looking at horizon

Woman Looking At Horizon

forest rain fall

Forest Rain Fall

red mesh texture close up

Red Mesh Texture Close Up

montenegro sunset

Montenegro Sunset

spanish mountain landscape

Spanish Mountain Landscape

bright red fruit growing on apple tree

Bright Red Fruit Growing On Apple Tree

sailboats in cove

Sailboats In Cove

coffee beans and mug flatlay

Coffee Beans And Mug Flatlay

fog and mist over forest trees

Fog And Mist Over Forest Trees

aged wood & brick

Aged Wood & Brick

red and green leaves with wood background

Red And Green Leaves With Wood Background

remote log cabin on calm forest river

Remote Log Cabin On Calm Forest River

tall green plant on white background

Tall Green Plant On White Background

one single daisy

One Single Daisy

blank white book with rose pedals

Blank White Book With Rose Pedals

musical instruments for folk music

Musical Instruments For Folk Music

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

japanese garden rock texture

Japanese Garden Rock Texture

green and pink flower

Green And Pink Flower

coffee on white

Coffee On White

traveller looks down

Traveller Looks Down

mountains in africa

Mountains In Africa

green foxglove plant

Green Foxglove Plant

romantic horseback riding by ocean

Romantic Horseback Riding By Ocean

spring gardening set up

Spring Gardening Set Up

yellow flowers reach to blue sky

Yellow Flowers Reach to Blue Sky

man canoeing on water

Man Canoeing On Water

peeling paint wall texture

Peeling Paint Wall Texture

road through rocky terrain

Road Through Rocky Terrain

vine growing up a brick wall

Vine Growing Up A Brick Wall

black yellow and red ink

Black Yellow And Red Ink

race track numbers

Race Track Numbers

plugged in vintage tv on purple infinity background

Plugged In Vintage TV on Purple Infinity Background

rapids & forest

Rapids & Forest

fresh lettuce greens in bowl

Fresh Lettuce Greens In Bowl

waterfall through rock face

Waterfall Through Rock Face

handful of euros currency

Handful Of Euros Currency

zen garden peace stone

Zen Garden Peace Stone

ireland grass field

Ireland Grass Field

japanese garden fountain

Japanese Garden Fountain

vintage blue robot portrait wide

Vintage Blue Robot Portrait Wide

curvy shoreline with gravel path

Curvy Shoreline With Gravel Path

purple flower petals close up

Purple Flower Petals Close Up

purple ink cloud

Purple Ink Cloud

ukulele on blue background

Ukulele On Blue Background

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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.