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.

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


round stones in rushing water

Round Stones In Rushing Water


small stack of indian rupee currency

Small Stack of Indian Rupee Currency


bank of india paper notes

Bank Of India Paper Notes


fanned out rupees currency

Fanned Out Rupees Currency


indian rupees texture background

Indian Rupees Texture Background


woman holding up mobile smart phone

Woman Holding Up Mobile Smart Phone


starry nigh sky shows off galaxy

Starry Nigh Sky Shows Off Galaxy


moonrise over lake and mountains

Moonrise Over Lake And Mountains


starry night sky over forest

Starry Night Sky Over Forest


city through glass ball

City Through Glass Ball


modern architecture curve with windows

Modern Architecture Curve With Windows


queen anne's lace on forested hill

Queen Anne's Lace On forested Hill


jagged mountain peaks above lush forest below

Jagged Mountain Peaks Above Lush Forest Below


snowy mountains reflect in water at sunrise

Snowy Mountains Reflect In Water At Sunrise


chinese beef and veggie soup

Chinese Beef And Veggie Soup


chinese lanterns glow on storefront

Chinese Lanterns Glow On Storefront


temple by chinese hillside

Temple By Chinese Hillside


clay rooftops in china

Clay Rooftops In China


fisheye shanghai

Fisheye Shanghai


pink blossoms over crumbling walls

Pink Blossoms Over Crumbling Walls


brick wall sign forest fire warning

Brick Wall Sign Forest Fire Warning


chinese temple details

Chinese Temple Details


church tower in china

Church Tower In China


hotel bed with bamboo details

Hotel Bed With Bamboo Details


sheet metal roof in urban china

Sheet Metal Roof In Urban China


modern shanghai, china

Modern Shanghai, China


shanghai oriental pearl

Shanghai Oriental Pearl


flag of china flying

Flag Of China Flying


apartment view shanghai

Apartment View Shanghai


urban china construction

Urban China Construction


village in china below hillside

Village In China Below Hillside


clay temple rooftop

Clay Temple Rooftop


detailed exterior of temple in china

Detailed Exterior of Temple In China


wide angle chinese temple

Wide Angle Chinese Temple


storm clouds from above

Storm Clouds From Above


chinese flag on temple rooftop

Chinese Flag On Temple Rooftop


farmer fields in rural china

Farmer Fields In Rural China


silhouette on ocean rock

Silhouette On Ocean Rock


blue and gold sunset sky

Blue And Gold Sunset Sky


boardwalk through marsh under bright purple sky

Boardwalk Through Marsh Under Bright Purple Sky


winding road through grassy and tree lined hills

Winding Road Through Grassy And Tree Lined Hills


pink church doors with neon hard above

Pink Church Doors With Neon Hard Above


vine growing up a brick wall

Vine Growing Up A Brick Wall


green leaves on a red brick wall

Green Leaves On A Red Brick Wall


brick wall with graphic street art

Brick Wall With Graphic Street Art


wood panel background framed by leaves

Wood Panel Background Framed By Leaves


dried leaves frame bottom on wood background

Dried Leaves Frame Bottom On Wood 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 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.