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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side of a white metropolitan building with large windows

Side Of A White Metropolitan Building With Large Windows


side of white building with windows and black balconies

Side Of White Building With Windows And Black Balconies


wooden colored pencils scattered on pink and blue balls

Wooden Colored Pencils Scattered On Pink And Blue Balls


four black microphones lay on a pink background

Four Black Microphones Lay On A Pink Background


a black mounted metal microphone against red

A Black Mounted Metal Microphone Against Red


black microphone on a metal stand against deep red

Black Microphone On A Metal Stand Against Deep Red


hand grips a black microphone against red background

Hand Grips A Black Microphone Against Red Background


colored pencils scattered on pink and blue balls

Colored Pencils Scattered On Pink And Blue Balls


black microphones pattern on a yellow background

Black Microphones Pattern On A Yellow Background


a black microphone mounted on a stand

A Black Microphone Mounted On A Stand


a black microphone lays on yellow backdrop

A Black Microphone Lays On Yellow Backdrop


silhouetted people sitting on rocks by the setting sun

Silhouetted People Sitting On Rocks By The Setting Sun


green foliage with pink and white flowers

Green Foliage With Pink And White Flowers


red fabric illuminated by the sun

Red Fabric Illuminated By The Sun


bundle of lavender against a yellow backdrop

Bundle Of Lavender Against A Yellow Backdrop


hand reaches for a book next to sunglasses and a bag

Hand Reaches For A Book Next To Sunglasses And A Bag


ripe red strawberries in a white bowl

Ripe Red Strawberries In A White Bowl


triangle of round circles create a tree light shape

Triangle Of Round Circles Create A Tree Light Shape


colourful light creates bokeh

Colourful Light Creates Bokeh


triangle made of round circles

Triangle Made Of Round Circles


fluffy clouds are colored by a setting sun

Fluffy Clouds Are Colored By A Setting Sun


pink petals with water droplets close up

Pink Petals With Water Droplets Close Up


beige and white building with a balcony

Beige And White Building With A Balcony


view of a rustic textured hillside

View Of A Rustic Textured Hillside


weathered wall with grass growing on cracks

Weathered Wall With Grass Growing On Cracks


looking up the the corner of a checkered building

Looking Up The The Corner Of A Checkered Building


blue and green background with silver jewelry

Blue And Green Background With Silver Jewelry


close up of lite blue jean fabric

Close Up of Lite Blue Jean Fabric


close up of the pocket of lite blue jeans

Close Up of The Pocket of Lite Blue Jeans


blue and pink background with earrings in a line

Blue And Pink Background With Earrings In A Line


close up of jean fabric

Close Up of Jean Fabric


snow covered trees line a snowy road

Snow Covered Trees Line A Snowy Road


yellow flower that is starting to bloom

Yellow Flower That Is Starting To Bloom


winged insect sits on a brown stick in a open field

Winged Insect Sits On A Brown Stick In A Open Field


calm glass like water with rolling hills behind

Calm Glass Like Water With Rolling Hills Behind


aerial photo of a beach and aqua blue water

Aerial Photo of A Beach And Aqua Blue Water


glass windows creating repeat pattern

Glass Windows Creating Repeat Pattern


aerial image of green forest treetops

Aerial Image of Green Forest Treetops


half pink half blue background with stud earrings in a row

Half Pink Half Blue Background With Stud Earrings In A Row


half blue half green background with earrings and a ring

Half Blue Half Green Background With Earrings And A Ring


colorful background with gold jewelry displayed on it

Colorful Background With Gold Jewelry Displayed On It


half blue and half pink photo with earrings lined up

Half Blue And Half Pink Photo With Earrings Lined Up


the sun rises and paints the hills in warm light

The Sun Rises And Paints The Hills In Warm Light


close up of a wild plants green leaves

Close Up Of A Wild Plants Green Leaves


a single tree and cow silhouetted by the sunrise

A Single Tree And Cow Silhouetted By The Sunrise


grassy pond with a grey mountain behind

Grassy Pond With A Grey Mountain Behind


some colorful boats docked in calm water

Some Colorful Boats Docked In Calm Water


brown rolling hills with a tree lined road

Brown Rolling Hills With A Tree Lined Road


vibrant aqua blue water below cliff edge

Vibrant Aqua Blue Water Below Cliff Edge


contoured landscape in black and white

Contoured Landscape In Black And White


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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.