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.

ice in ocean waters

Ice In Ocean Waters


spilled milk on blue

Spilled Milk On Blue


green orange and yellow ink

Green Orange And Yellow Ink


red and blue shoreline iphone screen

Red And Blue Shoreline Iphone Screen


hand holds daisies through paper

Hand Holds Daisies Through Paper


hand grabs tree berries

Hand Grabs Tree Berries


abandoned iceland farm home

Abandoned Iceland Farm Home


mirorred jellyfish tank

Mirorred Jellyfish Tank


city lights through rain window

City Lights Through Rain Window


flatiron building in new york city

Flatiron Building In New York City


abstract phone wallpaper

Abstract Phone Wallpaper


modern stairwell looking up

Modern Stairwell Looking Up


van driving through mountains

Van Driving Through Mountains


mountain magic hour

Mountain Magic Hour


vacation peace sign in ocean

Vacation Peace Sign In Ocean


asphalt highway

Asphalt Highway


pink petals on pink

Pink Petals On Pink


abstract blue

Abstract Blue


calm water in european city

Calm Water In European City


beach sunset thailand

Beach Sunset Thailand


long forest path

Long Forest Path


fog on dark waters edge

Fog On Dark Waters Edge


perfect yellow flower

Perfect Yellow Flower


pink spring tree blossoms

Pink Spring Tree Blossoms


beautiful day at the beach

Beautiful Day At The Beach


dusty rose

Dusty Rose


celebrate carnival background

Celebrate Carnival Background


red textured wall

Red Textured Wall


palm trees sky

Palm Trees Sky


ocean water with swimmers

Ocean Water With Swimmers


indoor brick wall texture

Indoor Brick Wall Texture


writing tools

Writing Tools


man hiking in mountains

Man Hiking In Mountains


golden autumn leaves

Golden Autumn Leaves


seaweed washed up on beach

Seaweed Washed Up On Beach


stream water passing through cliffs

Stream Water Passing Through Cliffs


beach sunset

Beach Sunset


white rose close up

White Rose Close Up


waves crashing on beach

Waves Crashing On Beach


pink spring flowers

Pink Spring Flowers


hiking above clouds at sunset

Hiking Above Clouds At Sunset


puppy at the beach

Puppy At The Beach


delicate pink roses

Delicate Pink Roses


thin plant stems in sun

Thin Plant Stems In Sun


city landscape at night

City Landscape At Night


mountain landscape with flowers

Mountain Landscape With Flowers


sun setting over ocean

Sun Setting Over Ocean


hiking though giants

Hiking Though Giants


rain coming down window

Rain Coming Down Window


autumn flowers in bloom

Autumn Flowers In Bloom


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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.