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How to Customise the Look of Your Twitter Page

Twitter is loved and enjoyed by users worldwide because of its simplicity. Its clean and uncluttered design and single-panel layout are what draws millions of “micro-bloggers” to it every day. With the perception of simplicity comes the impression that Twitter accounts all look dull and generic. However, as a recent collection on a blog will show you, Twitter can also be a showcase for your visual creativity.

Twitter provides several background image templates for free. If you already have an account, you may access them by going to the top navigation bar, clicking on Settings, then clicking on the tab labeled Design. You can choose from a number of pre-made templates or upload one that you have designed yourself.

There are a number of possibilities that you can explore should you decide to create a personalised Twitter background. You may create a repeating pattern, or a graphic fading to color. Twitter doesn’t provide the option of adding a header or banner image to your account, so the next best thing is to have a customised graphic or logo on the side of your stream using the main background itself. However, due to the lack of space on 1024×768 resolution monitors, profiles using the sidebar approach usually only accommodate 1280×1024 upwards, with anything less simply being hidden by the main Twitter website content.

If you have a basic understanding of Adobe Photoshop, start by accommodating  those with resolutions of 1280×1024 and upwards primarily, with anything smaller simply seeing less of your design. In order to minimise loading times, Twitter recommends your image to have a file size of 800KB or lower.

On Photoshop, set your canvass size to a width of 2560 pixels and a height of 1600 pixels. This large size provides breathing room for those with large-screen monitors, but remember that only part of  this is going to show on most screens.  If you would like to include a sidebar, create it separately, setting a canvass size with a width of 235 pixels and a height of 700 pixels. After this, go back to your main background, and paste your sidebar graphic right on top of it, lining it up against the top left corner of the window.

If you feel yourself lacking in Photoshop skills, don’t worry. The internet has a number of great free websites that allow you to choose more pre-made Twitter backgrounds, or automatically create using easy-to-use and understand steps.

So what are you waiting for? Take that extra step, customise and Tweet away. If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to ask us how we can help!

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