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New User     back to top

New visitors to CGIBackgrounds.com need to register before searching the growing collection of images. Registration is free and easy. Registration requires you to choose a user name, password, and provide some additional information. Information that is required for registration is marked with a red asterisk(*).

All of the registration information you provide will be kept strictly confidential, as explained in our privacy policy.

If you have already registered and have a user name and password, please login to begin searching the collection.



Registered User     back to top

Registered users have gone through the registration process and chosen a user name and password. Each time a registered user visits CGIBackgrounds.com, they will need to login before searching for images.

Click here to login.

Forgot your password? Click here and we will e-mail you a new password.



Forget your password     back to top

Click here and you will be able to enter your username and a new password will be sent to you via e-mail.Your e-mail address associated with your account must be current. If you are unable to retrieve this new password, than call us at (866) 303-0733 or email us info@cgibackgrounds.com.



Change your password     back to top

To change your password you must first log in with your current username and password. Once logged in click the account link at the top of any page or click here to access the change password page. This new password will be sent to the email address associated with your account. Remember usernames and passwords are "Case SEnsITive". If you are unable to retrieve this new password, than call us at (866) 303-0733 or email us info@cgibackgrounds.com.



Personal Profile     back to top

A Personal Profile is where a customer enters billing, shipping and other necessary information required to purchase images from CGIBackgrounds.com. Required fields have been marked with a red asterisk(*). Your information will be saved to expedite your future purchases. In addition, the information you provide will be kept strictly confidential, as explained in our privacy policy.



Using Your Lightbox     back to top

The images in your lightbox become your personal collection at CGIBackgrounds.com. It is easy to add, delete, read details and magnify images while viewing your lightbox. You can create as many lightboxes as you need.

Adding images to your lightbox saves you time on your return visit. A lightbox allows you to view a pre-selected group of images and show them to a co-worker, editor or art director. Your lightbox saves everyone time. You can return to your lightboxes by clicking on the MY LIGHTBOX button at the top of every CGIBackgrounds.com page.



Create a Lightbox     back to top

Save images in a lightbox and create a private collection that only you, and those you invite, have access to. Create a ligtbox by clicking on the (add to light box icon) next to an image. Once you add an image, your lightbox is activated.

You can create as many lightboxes as you need. In addition, your lightboxes will be saved for you until you delete them.



Delete a Lightbox     back to top

To delete a lightbox, click on the REMOVE THIS LIGHTBOX link at the bottom of the lightbox you want to delete. This will NOT delete other lightboxes you have created.



Add & Remove Images     back to top

The Add to lightbox button allows you to add images to a lightbox.



Add All Lightbox Images to Cart     back to top

You can add all the images in your lightbox to the cart in a single click. Scroll down to the bottom of the gray lightbox frame on the right side of your screen and look for the link "add lightbox to cart".




E-mail a Lightbox     back to top

Collaborate with co-workers or clients by sending your lightbox via e-mail. E-mail a lightbox by clicking on the "e-mail this lightbox link." The recipient will receive an e-mail with a link to the lightbox and be able to view and interact with that lightbox.

Be sure to indicate whether you want to give the recipient access to add/delete/re-arrange images from the lightbox, or if you want to send as "read-only."



Category Search     back to top

Our Category Search is best way to start using our site. We've developed a system that works with almost all our images. This is the fastest, best way to start seeing our images. All it takes is one click and you get hundreds to thousands of options depending on the category. There are 5 main categories, with sub categories to help refine your search. Anytime you click in the search field you will be presented with the Category Search options. Browse One-Click Concepts images of everything from mountain roads, urban streets. Start your One-Click Concept Search now.




Keyword Search     back to top

Search gives you quick, simple and reliable access to the CGIBackgrounds.com Collection. Search by keyword, image number or photographer's name and get the results you need. Ready to start your Basic Search? Click here.

Below is more information about using a Keyword, Image Number or Photographer's Name to find the images you are looking for:

Keyword (for example: courtyards)
Enter any word or words in the Keyword field and the search engine will return the images that match your keyword(s). Each CGIBackgrounds.com image has very specific information associated with it, like a caption, country, state, season, weather, time of day, mood, concepts, and color description. The search engine combs through this information to find matches to your keywords.

Image Number (for example: 5000106001)
Enter an image number image in the Image Number field and the search engine will return the image you are looking for. Each image in CGIBackgrounds.com collection has a specific identification number. This feature is great for re-visiting a familiar image or locating an image on the suggestion of a friend or co-worker.


Basic Search will return images that contain all the words you have type into the keyword field. You can use Exact Keyword Searches and Logical Operators to refine your searches.

If you search returns no results you will be provided with a list of similar keywords, categories and concepts that will link you to similar images.



Exact Keyword Search     back to top

What if your search returns too many results? When this happens, we suggest doing an Exact Keyword Search by putting quotation marks around the word you are searching for (for example, "keyword"). CGIBackgrounds.com search engine will ONLY return images containing that exact word in the descriptions. For example: If you search for "fun" the search engine will "NOT" return images with "fungus" in the description.



Logical Operators     back to top

When your search results are either too specific or not as specific as you want, you have several options. In addition to trying Power Search or Exact Keyword Search, you can use a Logical Operator to modify your search keywords. Logical Operators are linking words like AND, OR and NOT, which combine the criteria and allow you to narrow or broaden your search. Enter a Logical Operator with your keywords as part of a Basic Search.

Use AND, OR and NOT in the following ways for the best results:

Search for: women AND children and the search engine will return images with the word women AND the word
children in their descriptions.

Search for challenge OR competition and the search engine will return images with the word challenge OR the word
competition in their description.

Search for old NOT ancient and the search engine will return images that contain the word old and NOT the
word ancient in their description.



HDRI     back to top

HDRI. High Dynamic Range Image, or ?rendering dome?, used as a tool to assist in imparting the reflective and lighting elements of a selected 2D background. Can also be used as a ?virtual world? for animation of 3D vehicle.



The Rendering Dome     back to top

The rendering dome. An HDR dome assists you in rendering a vehicle by imparting the lighting and reflective information from a given scene onto the surface of your virtual vehicle or 3D data. The flexibility of HDR domes can be used for different results in various backgrounds. Enabling you to create ?one-of-a-kind? or an ?ideal? world, not just the literal world.

Compatible Dome: is a spherical HDRi file containing all of the lighting and reflective characteristics of a similar scene, but shot in another location and time. The more similar the environments of the plate and dome, the more believable the results. A salt flat is the most obvious. A background plate from a salt flat used with a dome from anther salt flat 2D background with similar lighting direction will produce undetectable results. More complex lighting and reflective scenes need to be matched with very similar characteristics.





The Plate     back to top

The plate. Very simply, the plate is a static High-Res 2D photograph shot from the viewer?s perspective, at the same location/time as an HDR dome.




The 2D Background     back to top

The 2D background. Same as the plate, without the accompanying matching HDR dome. Can be composited with an existing vehicle in a photo strip, or have virtual 3D vehicle rendered into it with a compatible HDR dome.




The CGI Vehicle     back to top

The CGI vehicle. A 3 dimensional digital data file of a vehicle. Capable of being turned or rotated on any axis as a preview file, then upon angle select - rendered into a 2D static background or plate. Or animated in a 360 degree HDR virtual world for go-rounds and product fly throughs.




The Existing Vehicle     back to top

The existing vehicle. A vehicle that has been shot or previously rendered and now exists as a 2D photo image.




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Pricing     back to top

You asked for simple pricing and we delivered. Here is an outline for our simplified pricing plans based on our typical licensing requests. If you have a smaller run or a more specific region, contact us a call to discuss your project. We're happy to help.

All Advertising Print including: Advertising, Collateral, Out of Home, and Electronic/Web usages:
Unlimited media - 3 years:   $5,000.00
Unlimited media - 2 years:   $4,000.00
Unlimited media - 1 year:     $3,000.00

Exclusivity and unlimited media, packaging and broadcast use for one or more mediums quoted per project.

Electronic media, Web Advertising, Banner Ads, Trade Shows, Social Media:
All electronic media - 3 years: $3,500.00
All electronic media - 2 years: $2,500.00
All electronic media - 1 year:  $1,500.00

Corporate Website Only, in-dealer kiosk Usages:
3 years:  $1,500.00
2 years:  $1,000.00
1 year:    $750.00

HDR Images
Matching or Compatible HDRI Rendering Domes:
Unlimited Use for Unlimited Time: $1000.00
Interactive "Virtual World" environments:
1 yr: $1,500.00, unlimited time: $3,000.00, (website or advertising).

*Please call to discuss your specific project needs including
limited usage, partial images, or special circumstances.

*Volume discounts apply to multiple image orders.


If your licensing specifications are not listed, please call or send e-mail to info@cgibackgrounds.com

Billing and Delivery     back to top

Once each image has been priced, click on the CHECKOUT button. You will be prompted to type in personal information (name, address, etc.) or verify the information in your personal profile. Then, enter your shipping and billing information, including a payment method and click the CONFIRM ORDER button. An e-mail confirmation will be sent to you regarding your purchase.