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.

snow and sunlight

Snow And Sunlight


snowy mountain view

Snowy Mountain View


blue natural landscape

Blue Natural Landscape


water falls like chandelier

Water Falls Like Chandelier


hillside lake and town

Hillside Lake And Town


tourist views seaside

Tourist Views Seaside


waterfall from rock formations over grass

Waterfall From Rock Formations Over Grass


black and white modern architecture

Black And white Modern Architecture


wooden hiking path

Wooden Hiking Path


forest with rocks and road

Forest With Rocks And Road


nature in green and blue

Nature In Green And Blue


distant city sunset

Distant City Sunset


wind-blown tree

Wind-blown Tree


spread of rounded stones

Spread Of Rounded Stones


colored aged wood

Colored Aged Wood


aged wood with blue tones

Aged Wood With Blue Tones


rows of candy corn

Rows of Candy Corn


sandy feet, sandy beach

Sandy Feet, Sandy Beach


maples leaves on a grey surface

Maples Leaves On A Grey Surface


three maple leaves in a row

Three Maple Leaves In A Row


aged wood close up

Aged Wood Close Up


close up of wood

Close Up Of Wood


striations in wood

Striations In Wood


layered wood up close

Layered Wood Up Close


black and white knotted wood

Black And White Knotted Wood


close up of aged wood

Close Up Of Aged Wood


wood or rock?

Wood Or Rock?


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


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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.