How To Design A Custom Twitter Background

Every month more than 190 million individuals and professionals use Twitter. In just 4 years Twitter has become the most used micro-blogging service with more than 2 billion (yes, billion with a “b”!) tweets per month. You might be using Twitter for personal purposes to network and interact with other individuals who share the same interests as you, or you may have your own business and website, and you’re using twitter to direct traffic to your website, promote your blog posts and reinforce your existing professional relationships. Regardless of whether you’re building a personal or business brand, creating consistency in all your marketing materials is a must-do to build a strong online presence.

So why not add a personalized touch to your Twitter page in a way that reflects your personal or brand personality?

Making a customized Twitter design from scratch isn’t as difficult as it may seem. It can be done easily using Photoshop or PowerPoint. Here are some easy steps that will help you do it yourself.

Creating a Twitter Background with Photoshop


First and foremost you need to decide the screen size resolution for your Twitter background as your Twitter homepage vary depending on the screen size resolution. You can choose between 800×600, 1024×768 or 1280×800. Recent research shows that screen resolution 1024×768 is still the most used.

Once you’ve made your screen size decision, open a blank Photoshop page in that size and use your creativity to design the background of your choice. Afterwards, you might want to add some personal or professional details on the left or top side. Leave approximately 760 pixels free on the right side for the main Twitter text area and 71 pixels free from top for the Twitter logo and menu. Save your work as a .jpg, .gif or .png and be sure it’s smaller than 800K.

After you save your work, go to your Twitter homepage. Click on “settings”, “design” then “change background” and browse to the location of your new design. Save changes on the Twitter page to upload your new background.

Beyond the background, you may wish to adjust the colors of the links, text, sidebar and sidebar border to match your new background. You can do this by clicking on “change design color” and choosing your new colors accordingly.

Creating a Twitter Background with PowerPoint


If you don’t know Photoshop, don’t panic. You can still create a great personalized design using PowerPoint. Here’s how.

After you open a blank page in PowerPoint, you need to decide which screen size resolution you want to use. For that, go to page setup menu (usually in the Design drop-down) where you can select either an “On-screen Show 4:3” for standard monitors or “On-screen show 16:10” for widescreen monitors. If you select 4:3 you’ll match the majority of monitors.

You can create a new background design by selecting first “page setup” then picking a theme from the design menu. You can even add a picture, by clicking on the “insert picture” icon from the insert menu, and select a picture from stored photos on your computer. Once the photo opens, resize the picture smaller to fit where you want to place it. However, it’s more difficult in PowerPoint to get the exact right dimensions for the sidebar at left, so you may need a little trial-and-error to get it to appear the way you want it to.

If you want to start with a template, The Closet Entrepreneur has free downloadable PowerPoint templates available with a good tutorial on how to use them.

Finally, to save your PowerPoint background as a .png picture , first group all the design elements together, then right click to “Save As Picture” and save as a .png, .jpg or .gif file. Double-check that your picture doesn’t exceed 800k. Proceed as under the Photoshop example for uploading your new background to Twitter and changing other colors in your display.

That’s it, easy as pie! You’ve now got a customized background for your Twitter account. Do you have a cool background design you’d like to share? Link to it in our comments below.

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