Create Awesome Twitter Backgrounds With These Online Tools

Bakari Chavanu 23-05-2012

create twitter backgroundsMost of us probably access Twitter via a computer or mobile client instead of visiting the actual profile pages of contacts. Nevertheless it’s still useful to spruce up the background of your Twitter homepage with a little awesomeness, and nowadays you don’t have to turn to Photoshop or InDesign to create your fancy layout.


There are several sites that allow you to create twitter backgrounds or restyle your Twitter page in a matter of minutes. Below are a handful of free offerings to get you started.

Twitter’s Designs

First off, in case you don’t know, Twitter provides about 20 different alternative designs for your Twitter page. To access them, you simply click on your username and select Settings, then click on Design on the left side of the page.

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The designs are pretty basic and minimalistic, but if you don’t have time to search or go through other background sites, you might like Twitter’s offerings.

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Directly under Twitter’s selection of themes, there’s a link to other third-party background patterns and color palettes to create twitter backgrounds and customize your Twitter profile. ColourLovers’s Themeleon seems to offer a couple of dozen themes that you can browse and preview with one simple click.

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What’s great about using Themelon is that you can apply a theme to your profile and if you register with the site, it will save the themes you apply so you can change and re-use them at anytime. You can also customize the images and color patterns for a selected background. Themes are categorized in three parts – your saved themes, featured themes, and sponsored backgrounds.

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Twitrounds only takes a few simple clicks to change your current Twitter background to one of the several dozen free or paid personalized options on the site. The most time it requires is browsing through the available backgrounds.

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Thankfully the backgrounds are also broken down into categories, including Artistic, Girly Twitter, Holiday, Movies, Nature, and Sports. Extra customization features, however, such as photos and other image files to backgrounds costs $9.99.

Free Twitter Designer

Free Twitter Designer [Broken URL Removed] is a very straightforward online design application that allows you to choose from one of a dozen designs that you can add custom text (your website address, about information, etc), shapes, and images. You can also change the Twitter colors and styles for links.


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You can export the finished product directly to your Twitter account or save and download it to your computer for further tweaking. The site provides additional instructions for uploading and changing your existing background.

Twitr Backgrounds

Twitr Backgrounds has hundreds of designs to choose from, with several background categories including Artistic, Professional, Pattern, Nature, Photos, and Tiled.

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You can outfit your Twitr background with links to your other social networks as well as your professional photo and logo. You can of course preview your layout before installing it to your page. Adding photos to a Twitr Backgrounds layout costs extra.

Twitlay [No Longer Available]

Twitlay has a variety of backgrounds, but one particular layout creates a background of thumbnail photos of either the people you follow, or the contacts who follow you.

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This background generator is not perfect (some contact’s photos get displayed twice), but if you apply them to your page you will see that it actually includes lots more photos than what show up in the preview. You can click the Make Background button several times to get different results.

For other ideas to create Twitter backgrounds and themes, check out these articles:

If you have a favorite Twitter background creator, please share it with us.

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  1. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    November 18, 2012 at 4:32 am

    Free Twitter Designer. So much wins

  2. Ashwin Ramesh
    May 23, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Nice! Didn't know this stuff even existed!

    • Bakari Chavanu
      May 29, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      Ashwin, thanks for the feedback.