Want your Twitter profile to stand out and clearly communicate your personal or company Brand?
You’ve probably noticed that Twitter comes with some standard backgrounds patterns that you choose from to customize your Twitter profile’s appearance. But if you want to really want to make an impression and clearly communicate what your brand is all about, you’ll want to create a unique background for your Twitter profile.
Here we’ve pulled together a collection of how-to articles, advice, resources and tools to help you create a unique background for your Twitter Profile. At the bottom, you’ll find some very useful online pattern/background generators that you can use for your Twitter background as well as your website or blog.
So go ahead, make your Twitter profile stand out from the crowd.
How-To’s and Tutorials
- How to Create a Twitter Background
From E-How: Tidbits provides a step by step guide to creating a Twitter background.
- How to Create Personalized Twitter Backgrounds with TwitBacks
From E-How: CandisLynn provides a step by step tutorial for using the service Twitbacks to create a personalized twitter background.
- Changing Your Twitter Background
From Twitter Support: Here are basic instructions for changing your Twitter background and uploading any custom Twitter background.
- How To Create Your Own Twitter Background
From Sitepoint: Web designer Jennifer Farley offers up some guidelines regarding dimensions and other design considerations for creating your own Twitter background.
- 13 Tutorials & Resources for a Perfect Twitter Background
From Design Reviver: Collection of links to tutorials on making Twitter backgrounds. Includes Twitter background guidelines, making Twitter backgrounds with Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Powerpoint and more.
- HOW TO: Create Custom Twitter Backgrounds
From Mashable: This guide goes step-by-step into the rationale for creating a personalized Twitter background, takes a look at some amazing Twitter designers, and provides a list of useful Twitter design tools and resources.
- 7 Easy Steps To Make A Simple Twitter Profile Page
From Musings of a Housewife: Rundown on how to create a Twitter background in 7 easy steps
- Custom Twitter Backgrounds: Tips for Better Readability From Twitips: In this tutorial Hendry Lee from BlogBuildingU shares some tips on getting Twitter Backgrounds that are optimized for better readability.
- Custom Twitter Backgrounds
A Custom Twitter Background can make a real impression and enhance your brand – but how do you make one? In this guest post post Hugh Briss from Twitter Image (a service that offers custom Twitter backgrounds) shares some tips on how to make your own.
- Twitter Background Design How-To and Best Practices
From Blog.Spoon Graphics: This article takes a look at some of the best practices around in Twitter background design and offers a step-by-step approach for designing your own Twitter background.
- Create a Twitter Background Using Powerpoint
From The Closet Entrepreneur: Tutorial on creating your own Twitter background using powerpoint.
- Twitter Profile Design Help from COLOURlovers
From Twitips: Advice from David Sommers of COLOURlovers offers a few suggestions you might want to consider for choosing a great color theme for your twitter profile.
Inspiration – Examples of Other Tweeter’s Backgrounds
- Twitter Background Gallery
This site is a billed as a “showcase, inspiration and resource for all Twitter fans willing to express their individuality, creativity and professionalism not only through their Twitterstream but via their profile background as well. Look around and get inspired!”
Twitter Background Services, Tools and Resources
- PrettyTweet: Twitter Profile Background Designer
From Make Use Of: Review of PrettyTweet.com, an online Twitter profile background designer that allows you to place three elements in your background – an avatar, description text, and vertical caption.
A large selection of free Twitter backgrounds as well as completely custom Twitter backgrounds for a fee. TwitterBackgrounds is offering IIG blog readers a $10 discount off the $79 price for a custom design. Use coupon code “iig” to receive the discount.
- TwitArt – Custom Twitter Backgrounds – Review
From Twitips: Review by Dave Rigotti of TwitArt, a custom Twitter background and avatar website run by Chris Kaufman (@kauf), an award-winning interaction designer.
Service that allows you to create a custom Twitter background. In addition to creating FREE professional Twitter backgrounds, they also advertise your services and Twitter Profile all over the web for a small fee.
On this site, Jim Kukral provides free, customizable Twitter backgrounds that you can download (Photoshop files) and customize. Also shows examples of how these templates have been used by others. Here’s a video explaining how Twitterbacks work:
Choose from 100+ unique themes and backgrounds, brand the profile with a custom badge including name, logo, website and more. Once design is finished, just enter your Twitter login details and it updates instantly.
Downloadable background Patterns for your Twitter page
- Pimp my Twitter
From Agglom: Great list of links to resources for Twitter backgrounds.
- Twitter Treats
Wide range of wallpapers, backgrounds, and icons you can download and use for your custom Twitter background.
- Positive Space
From the Positive Space Blog: Free Twitter themes that you can download for Twitter background.
- Twitter Patterns
Wide range of patterns that you can download and use for your Twitter background.
Other Background, Pattern and Texture Resources on the Web
- 100 Beautiful Free Textures
From Smashing Magazine: 100 different beautiful textures in various categories that are available for free online.
- TAKE STOCK: 30+ Background & Stock Image Sites
From Mashable: Nice rundown of background image resources and tools online
- Ultimate Collection of Free Textures on the Web
From Beeex Net: Large collection of background patterns, background tiles and free textures that can be downloaded.
- Freebie Roundup: 12 Places To Download Free Textures | BittBox
I’ve only been making textures for a while now, but everyone seems to love them. I know I can’t ever get enough textures either. So I’ve been surfing and made a list of sites that offer free textures to download. Some have more than others, and some sites have higher resolution images than others, but they all have one thing in common, free downloads.
- Here’s a list of sites with large pattern/texture collections or online generators that allow you to create and download your own patterns: