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.

money pattern

Money Pattern


blue new york

Blue New York


overcast 59th street bridge

Overcast 59th Street Bridge


new york skyline from the water

New York Skyline From The Water


cherry blossoms in front of flatiron building

Cherry Blossoms In Front Of Flatiron Building


un-ending new york skyline

Un-Ending New York Skyline


rocks and lights of new york

Rocks And Lights Of New York


container ship at sunset

Container Ship At Sunset


ocean shore city at dusk

Ocean Shore City At Dusk


aerial view of water treatment plant

Aerial View Of Water Treatment Plant


water treatment plant from above

Water Treatment Plant From Above


natural forest collapse

Natural Forest Collapse


mountains as far as the eye can see

Mountains As Far As The Eye Can See


dusky desert

Dusky Desert


crooked tree in desert

Crooked Tree In Desert


blue sky over desert

Blue Sky Over Desert


extremely long desert road

Extremely Long Desert Road


three rocks and a road

Three Rocks And A Road


rocky desert landscape

Rocky Desert Landscape


red rock cave

Red Rock Cave


bright pink flower blossoms

Bright Pink Flower Blossoms


blue nature

Blue Nature


red hillside path

Red Hillside Path


moon rises over mountains

Moon Rises Over Mountains


red meadow and snow capped mountains

Red Meadow And Snow Capped Mountains


sun over mountain tops

Sun Over Mountain Tops


blue landscape

Blue Landscape


from the grasses view

From The Grasses View


berry wreath on marble

Berry Wreath On Marble


quiet lake and hills

Quiet Lake And Hills


metallic liquid in action

Metallic Liquid In Action


sugar and spoons

Sugar And Spoons


golden spoon and metallic liquid

Golden Spoon And Metallic Liquid


close up of fern fronds

Close Up Of Fern Fronds


fern photobomb

Fern Photobomb


cluster of leaves

Cluster of Leaves


orange ink galaxy

Orange Ink Galaxy


reverse ink volcano

Reverse Ink Volcano


two-tone ink cloud

Two-Tone Ink Cloud


blue ink explosion

Blue Ink Explosion


orange ink in water

Orange Ink In Water


red and purple abstract ink clouds

Red And Purple Abstract Ink Clouds


teal and pink abstract forms in water

Teal And Pink Abstract Forms In Water


the centre of this orange flower stems

The Centre Of This Orange Flower Stems


a red flower billows smokey clouds

A Red Flower Billows Smokey Clouds


a flower begins to seethe red and orange plumes

A Flower Begins To Seethe Red And Orange Plumes


a cloud of pink paint in water

A Cloud Of Pink Paint In Water


a few drops of pink and yellow trail colour in water

A Few Drops Of Pink And Yellow Trail Colour In Water


a drop of pink and yellow paint in water

A Drop Of Pink And Yellow Paint In Water


a cluster of curling pink, silver and white like ink in water

A Cluster Of Curling Pink, Silver And White Like Ink In Water


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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.