7 Free Twitter Backgrounds to Download and Customize

by Jason Drohn, follow him at @jasondrohn

Twitter profiles are a dime a dozen. Anyone can sign up and start tweeting. Because Twitter locks down a lot of the customization options, it’s a bit harder to stand out from the crowd. The default backgrounds you find in your settings tab are nice, but they’re default! Everyone has access to them. Why settle for the standard background when you can do so much more.

What I’ve done is create 7 free Twitter backgrounds (in .PSD format) that you’re free to download and customize to your liking. I’ve also created a short tutorial on how to add your own pictures, text and information. If you have any questions, be sure to send me a message @jasondrohn and I’ll be sure to get back to you ASAP.

Anyway, here are the downloads:

And the video tutorial:

What are your thoughts on Twitter backgrounds? Or better yet – what are your favorite ones? I’d love to hear.

Comments

  • June 12, 2009

    Nice backgrounds up there :) And nice tutorial for beginners though!
    Great share.

  • June 12, 2009

    Thanks, all I needed was the right size for the background, what about putting something on the right hand side..?

  • June 12, 2009

    Thanks @TwitTipsCenter! I tried to make the video a simple as possible so everyone could benefit from it.

    @thejimgaudet – The right side image should probably start at 900-1100 px from the right side. Being that widescreen monitors are the norm, that’s a tougher call. Perhaps do a big image that flows to the right hand side?

  • June 12, 2009

    those are great! but if you want something really different- check out http://www.3steptwitterbackground.com for an awesome, completely unique background… check out my background or visit the portfolio section of the web site! thanks! :) – Adrienne

  • June 12, 2009

    Nice backgrounds! Besides adding a picture to my background and modifying the color a little, I haven’t really done much to customize mine yet.

  • June 12, 2009

    @CarlaRose – Thanks for the kind words! I’m glad that you liked them.

  • June 12, 2009

    Jason,
    Thank you so much for making these backgrounds and tutorial available for everyone to use for free! We hope that this generous nature of sharing is what will dominate the Web for a long time to come. These are especially great for some of our clients who aren’t as design savvy but would like a unique Twitter presence.
    Sara @ iGoMogul

  • June 12, 2009

    I will toy with this and see it I can come up with the right hand side one…

  • June 12, 2009

    cool wallpapers i’ll use one of them on my tw account.

  • June 13, 2009
    Ryon Kaopuiki
    @rkaopuiki

    Good Stuff! Thanks for sharing. The video is especially helpful.

  • June 13, 2009

    That is a nice service, Jason. I own a social media marketing service, so I spend a lot of time analyzing people’s Twitter backgrounds and profiles; it’s amazing how many folks use the default ones when it’s so easy to create your own or customize a background, like the ones you provide.

    I’m a big believer in using your profile and bio to promote your brand, so I am working with a professional graphic designer who is creating a snazzy custom background for my Twitter page (it’ll go live later today or Saturday on @bloggingbistro, replacing the temporary one I created). I recommend that if people have a Web site, business card, blog, and other social media presence, they make an effort to create a consistent look and feel among all their sites. It takes some time and planning, but it’s worth it.

    Laura Christianson
    Owner, http://www.bloggingbistro.com

  • June 15, 2009

    I think if more people did short videos for tips they’re offering that it would be less intimidating for new people to follow along. Much better than “here’s a psd file, have fun!”

  • June 20, 2009

    Jason, i like the templates a lot and so nice of you in providing the good tutorial too!

  • June 27, 2009

    Nice post but may I add a Free Twitter Background design I’m giving away at
    http://robbydesigns.com/portfolio-twitter-backgrounds.html

    It’s a very professional looking design, I hope you will all like it (:

  • July 11, 2009

    Jason, love the green and magenta/blue backgrounds. Nut your tutorial tops it for me. How generous! I did n’t know it was so easy to change the background – cool.
    What did you create the tutorial in?
    and thanks.

  • August 8, 2009

    Hi Jason,
    Thank you so much! this is just what I was looking for. Your video was so clear. I used one of your templates and then was able to customize. Take a look!
    http://twitter.com/LandDesigns

  • August 29, 2009

    Hey Jason, I finally watched your tutorial and at first I was a bit confused, but then I kept watching it and you did a really great job! It turned out pretty nice. Now I’m tempted to try one, lol. anyways, I’ve been trying to fix my background and I have a question for you personally as I’m not sure who might be able to answer it. Is it possible to make the text background slightly transparent or transparent at all? My background takes up a lot of space and details are centered in the middle and the off-white text table just makes it all UGLY, and hides the details. Lol..I know why twitter probably made it white so the text shows off better…but an ability to change the transparency of that would have been fantastic in my mind.

  • November 24, 2009

    Following the topic I wanted to add that we’re making a small Thanksgiving campaign where we’ll design 10 free Custom Twitter backgrounds for photographers. If anyone needs one, you are welcome to participate!

  • December 14, 2009

    thanks for sharing,its a good thing i know photoshop

  • April 9, 2010

    Just wanted to say this is an amazingly awesome post! I’ve been up all night looking something exactly like this. Thanks for the great work, and I’ve followed Jason Drohn.

    I’m not sure how to scale the work down, so it looks good on 1280 by 1024, but still looks great. Check it out

    http://twitter.com/Nick__Gallagher

  • June 15, 2010

    You made it look so easy, I got a trial for photo shop and followed your directions. Made a few changes and you know what – it worked! Thanks!

  • July 12, 2010

    Fantastic resources! Will be customising one for myself and recommending these to friends too.

    Thanks!

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