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.

prairie woman at sunset

Prairie Woman At Sunset


dreamy clouds

Dreamy Clouds


binoculars looking at ocean

Binoculars Looking At Ocean


misty mountain ranges at sunrise

Misty Mountain Ranges At Sunrise


antelope canyon grand canyon arizona

Antelope Canyon Grand Canyon Arizona


grainy hand falling down

Grainy Hand Falling Down


museum cuts into the sky

Museum Cuts Into The Sky


ripples of sand in black and white

Ripples Of Sand In Black And White


dancing with temples in the orange mist

Dancing With Temples In The Orange Mist


blue landscape

Blue Landscape


flower buds on a branch sit in a jug of water

Flower Buds On A Branch Sit In A Jug Of 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


flower petals huddled together near a candle

Flower Petals Huddled Together Near a Candle


bright blue waters and red sandy shores

Bright Blue Waters And Red Sandy Shores


vertical cirtus slices

Vertical Cirtus Slices


white background with brances frame

White Background With Brances Frame


rubber tree plant leaves

Rubber Tree Plant Leaves


mountain views at sunrise

Mountain Views At Sunrise


cubist style in urban housing

Cubist Style In Urban Housing


calm water in european city

Calm Water In European City


perfect yellow flower

Perfect Yellow Flower


asphalt highway

Asphalt Highway


beach sunset thailand

Beach Sunset Thailand


pink petals on pink

Pink Petals On Pink


abstract blue

Abstract Blue


fog on dark waters edge

Fog On Dark Waters Edge


palm trees sky

Palm Trees Sky


long forest path

Long Forest Path


beautiful day at the beach

Beautiful Day At The Beach


celebrate carnival background

Celebrate Carnival Background


pink spring tree blossoms

Pink Spring Tree Blossoms


dusty rose

Dusty Rose


red textured wall

Red Textured Wall


city lights through rain window

City Lights Through Rain Window


ocean water with swimmers

Ocean Water With Swimmers


writing tools

Writing Tools


seaweed washed up on beach

Seaweed Washed Up On Beach


green orange and yellow ink

Green Orange And Yellow Ink


beach sunset

Beach Sunset


hiking though giants

Hiking Though Giants


golden autumn leaves

Golden Autumn Leaves


stream water passing through cliffs

Stream Water Passing Through Cliffs


mountain magic hour

Mountain Magic Hour


indoor brick wall texture

Indoor Brick Wall Texture


man hiking in mountains

Man Hiking In Mountains


autumn trees & hillside

Autumn Trees & Hillside


thin plant stems in sun

Thin Plant Stems In Sun


red and blue shoreline iphone screen

Red And Blue Shoreline Iphone Screen


hiking above clouds at sunset

Hiking Above Clouds At Sunset


cloudy sky from above

Cloudy Sky From Above


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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.