Tips for creating awesome twitter backgrounds

Every since almost the beginning of Twitter, those that use the website have been able to select their own background images. From an amazing photo they took of a landscape, something funny, an adorable animal, something professional and clean, or a background expressing personal views and style, anything is possible. Twitter backgrounds are a great way to express who you are, your interests, and even your profession. They are the way to set you apart from other users, especially if you have a unique custom-made one like you will learn to make today.

If you are looking for a new and exciting background for your twitter account, or if you are new to Twitter and want to know how to create an awesome background, look no further. Here are a few tips for creating the best twitter background around.

Why customize the Twitter Background?

But first, why you should bother spending the time to create your own personalized background? There are certainly a ton of pre made ones already out there, ready to be taken advantage of.  Well, a few reasons make making your own background a great choice: it can really add to your short 160 character bio, for example you can add extra info about what you do with your life or what you are passionate about. It can also further highlight your personality, and it can help you build a personal brand on twitter. It also does not have to take a lot of time, just try to create a background that reflects who you are and the persona you want to embody online.
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Customization steps

The first step in creating a custom background is, of course, knowing how to change your twitter background. It’s pretty simple, just go to settings, then design, then click “change background image.” After that, you can choose any image you have on your computer to upload and use as your background.

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Next, build your background with the correct dimensions so that it doesn’t tile on the page or appear disproportioned. To do this, the total image size should be around 1600 px wide by 1200 px tall. It is going to take a lot of trial and error to create your ideal background, but you still do not have to be a designer to help, there are plenty of tools out there to guide you through the process.

Here are a few of those tools to help. These applications all have pre-made backgrounds as well, if you decide one of those works for you. Give mytweetspace, twitterbacks, tweetstyle, Free Twitter Design, TwitBacks, Twitter Gallery, and Peekr a try.  Twitter gallery, for example, is a directory of themes that you can choose from based on color or style. Tweet Style offers blog tips on creating your own background as well as simple templates to do so. These go from allowing you to make a simple background and play with text, to allowing you to edit images so that they appear more professional and reflect your personal brand.
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Now that you have all the tools, go ahead and get started! Don’t forget to share your hard work with the rest of us once your creative juices have produced something great!

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