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.

a close up of the bark on an old tree

A Close Up Of The Bark On An Old Tree


bamboo stand with carving and color variations

Bamboo Stand With Carving And Color Variations


texture of bark on old tree

Texture Of Bark On Old Tree


dense bamboo stand

Dense Bamboo Stand


yay balloons

Yay Balloons


red apple on old fashioned weighing scales

Red Apple On Old Fashioned Weighing Scales


keyboards on blue surface

Keyboards On Blue Surface


lush green artificial plant in pot

Lush Green Artificial Plant In Pot


artificial plant against pink background

Artificial Plant Against Pink Background


artificial plant in white pot

Artificial Plant In White Pot


four paper crafted carrots

Four Paper Crafted Carrots


three paper woven carrots

Three Paper Woven Carrots


silver and white keyboards flat lay

Silver And White Keyboards Flat Lay


silver keyboard on blue background

Silver Keyboard On Blue Background


camera lens propped on a bottle

Camera Lens Propped On A Bottle


stylish tennis player on outdoor court

Stylish Tennis Player On Outdoor Court


large cluster of clothespins

Large Cluster Of Clothespins


hills of yarn

Hills Of Yarn


blanket of leaves

Blanket Of Leaves


cascade of hydrangea blossoms

Cascade Of Hydrangea Blossoms


cone of leaves

Cone Of Leaves


mound of leaves against black

Mound Of Leaves Against Black


purple hydrangea close up

Purple Hydrangea Close Up


purple and green leaves against black

Purple And Green Leaves Against Black


galaxy on leaves

Galaxy On Leaves


cluster of dried hydrangeas

Cluster Of Dried Hydrangeas


leafy hedge spanning length of wall

Leafy Hedge Spanning Length Of Wall


wall of thick, waxy leaves

Wall Of Thick, Waxy Leaves


last rays of sun in the city

Last Rays Of Sun in The City


two piers on frozen sea

Two Piers On Frozen Sea


aerial view of frozen pier

Aerial View Of Frozen Pier


ice cracks on a frozen sea

Ice Cracks On A Frozen Sea


waterside rock with icicles

Waterside Rock With Icicles


bright blue waters and red sandy shores

Bright Blue Waters And Red Sandy Shores


icy layers of winter shoreline

Icy Layers Of Winter Shoreline


steaming winter water under train bridge

Steaming Winter Water Under Train Bridge


multi-story buildings stretch along the seafront

Multi-Story Buildings Stretch Along The Seafront


concrete platform in the ocean

Concrete Platform In the Ocean


single rock in shallow sea

Single Rock In Shallow Sea


a beach after a storm

A Beach After A Storm


long wooden pier on blue ocean

Long Wooden Pier On Blue Ocean


narrow waterfall into tropical pool

Narrow Waterfall Into Tropical Pool


red light streaks above rail tracks

Red Light Streaks Above Rail Tracks


sphere of glowing street lights in night sky

Sphere Of Glowing Street Lights In Night Sky


night fireworks off bridge

Night Fireworks Off Bridge


jagged mountain peak above lush green foothills

Jagged Mountain Peak Above Lush Green Foothills


textured beach sands at sunset

Textured Beach Sands At Sunset


reflective water texture

Reflective Water Texture


big ocean wave under blue sky

Big Ocean Wave Under Blue Sky


puddle water reflects urban bridge

Puddle Water Reflects Urban Bridge


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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 wonā€™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. Itā€™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 youā€™re not using a pattern, youā€™ll want to make sure the image isnā€™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 itā€™s best if theyā€™re simple, clean and patterned. Even if the pattern isnā€™t design-oriented, youā€™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 - weā€™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.