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13 Tutorials & Resources for a Perfect Twitter Background

April 28, 2009 • By

Twitter is probably the most hyped social network out there, all the mainstream medias are talking about it and a lot of celebrities are using the service. The popularity of the website means that you get to connect with tons of other users, but it also means that you’ll have to stand out to do so. For that, having a great Twitter background is recommended to make a great first impression. Learn how to do this with the following collection of tutorials.

Twitter background guidelines

Technical information regarding the file dimensions for a Twitter background, its positioning and some recommended tools.

How to brand yourself with a Twitter background

Introduction to Twitter branding by Calvin Lee of Mayhem Studios. Good advice on the type of Twitter background to chose, tiled image or not.

Twitter background branding

How to design the perfect Twitter background

An overview of various types of Twitter background, good read to make the right decision about how you will design your own background.

Twitter background design how-to

How to make a Twitter background picture

Step by step tutorial to create your Twitter background image with Photoshop.

Twitter background how-to

Twitter Background using Adobe Illustrator

Video tutorial teaching you how to create your Twitter background using the popular vector drawing software.

Twitter background with illustrator

Create a Twitter background using PowerPoint

For people with no Photoshop skills, this tutorial will explain you how to create your own Twitter background using PowerPoint. Some templates are provided in the article.

Twitter background with PowerPoint

Create a Twitter background with Photoshop

Excellent video tutorial with in-depth explanations on how to create a Twitter background with Photoshop.

Twitter background with Photoshop

How to turn a texture into a seamlessly tiled background

Create your Twitter tiled background by editing a texture image with Photoshop.

Tiled background creation

Twitter background design how-to and best practices

Perhaps the most complete article about the creation of Twitter backgrounds.

Twitter background How-to

High-quality Twitter backgrounds

A collection of free Twitter backgrounds for the people who are too lazy to create their own background.

Free Twitter backgrounds


Peekr is a great website to view the entire background image of any Twitter user, very useful to get inspired by other people’s backgrounds.

Peekr screenshot


A Flickr gallery of great Twitter extended backgrounds free to use.

Twitterbacks screenshot

1’000+ background patterns you can use for free

For the lazy ones, this website will offer you more than a thousand free patterns to chose from.

Free patterns

About the author: Mirko Humbert is a freelance designer from Switzerland. He shares his thoughts about his passion on his design blog. To connect with Mirko, you can follow him on Twitter.