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.

window with iron guards on yellow building

Window With Iron Guards On Yellow Building


orange colors of cascading ripples in water

Orange Colors Of Cascading Ripples In Water


cascading ripples in the water

Cascading Ripples In The Water


rain drops illuminated by colors on window

Rain Drops Illuminated By Colors On Window


rain drops on a bright window

Rain Drops On A Bright Window


close up of vast snowcapped mountain

Close Up Of Vast Snowcapped Mountain


vast snowcapped mountain under grey sky

Vast Snowcapped Mountain Under Grey Sky


rain drops illuminated on window

Rain Drops Illuminated On Window


cheery blossom flowers from below

Cheery Blossom Flowers From Below


tree banches cast shadows on a building wall

Tree Banches Cast Shadows On A Building Wall


abstract image of light leaks with purple background

Abstract Image Of Light Leaks With Purple Background


white flower blooming below a warm sunset

White Flower Blooming Below A Warm Sunset


green and orange textured fern leaf

Green And Orange Textured Fern Leaf


portrait of textured of large green leaves

Portrait Of Textured Of Large Green Leaves


texture of large green leaves in shadows

Texture Of Large Green Leaves In Shadows


close up of a green plant in the night

Close Up Of A Green Plant In The Night


weathered foliage with detailed leaves

Weathered Foliage With Detailed Leaves


detailed fern leave amongst the shadows

Detailed Fern Leave Amongst The Shadows


close up of a green leaf showing its detail

Close Up Of A Green Leaf Showing Its Detail


orange sunlight reflecting on water

Orange Sunlight Reflecting On Water


ripples in monochrome water scene

Ripples In Monochrome Water Scene


a hand holding a mobile phone while looking at photos

A Hand Holding A Mobile Phone While Looking At Photos


hand holds up black mobile phone on red background

Hand Holds Up Black Mobile Phone On Red Background


hand holding red colored pencil on blue background

Hand Holding Red Colored Pencil On Blue Background


hand holding black pencil on blue background

Hand Holding Black Pencil On Blue Background


hand holding black pencil on red background

Hand Holding Black Pencil On Red Background


ahand holding a cigarette on blue background

AHand Holding A Cigarette On Blue Background


big thumbs up on red background

Big Thumbs Up On Red Background


black shoes on contrete with scattered leaves

Black Shoes On Contrete With Scattered Leaves


pair of glasses on a bed

Pair Of Glasses On A Bed


a bar of dark chocolate on white

A Bar Of Dark Chocolate On White


gummy sweets on white fabric

Gummy Sweets On White Fabric


roasted coffee beans on white fabric

Roasted Coffee Beans On White Fabric


several different fruits lay on a pink background

Several Different Fruits Lay On A Pink Background


symmetrical building in monochrome

Symmetrical Building In Monochrome


deep green leaves under shadows

Deep Green Leaves Under Shadows


two black cats on the rocks

Two Black Cats On The Rocks


black cat sits by the rocks

Black Cat Sits By The Rocks


tight cluster of small green plants

Tight Cluster Of Small Green Plants


single orange maple leaf in hand

Single Orange Maple Leaf In Hand


newly blossomed orange flowers

Newly Blossomed Orange Flowers


a silhouetted palm tree at sunset

A Silhouetted Palm Tree At Sunset


an island filled with palm trees

An Island Filled With Palm Trees


museum cuts into the sky

Museum Cuts Into The Sky


a single cactus on a blue background

A Single Cactus On A Blue Background


lowrise building under a deep blue sky

Lowrise Building Under A Deep Blue Sky


plant branch with green leaves

Plant Branch With Green Leaves


plant branch on a white background

Plant Branch On A White Background


a bunch of succulents in a garden

A Bunch Of Succulents In A Garden


deconstructed fortune cookie

Deconstructed Fortune Cookie


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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.