Design Your Own Twitter Background

twitter graphicI just discovered a great site for creating a free theme for  my Twitter account.  Sweet.

I love it when I have the option to change the theme, design, or look and feel of things.  I’m not a graphic designer at all — but I sure like to play around.

If you are a Twitter user, check out Free Twitter Designer.  It’s easy to use to jazz up your Twitter theme.

First, you’ll have to decide whether to sign into the site with your Twitter login info, or use the site without signing in.  If you don’t sign in, all you will be allowed to do with your completed theme is to save the image.  Then, you will have to personally log into Twitter and upload the design that you just created.

If you choose to log in with your Twitter info, when you are finished Free Twitter Designer will automatically upload your theme and save it in your Twitter account.  You don’t have to take the time or have any hassle uploading your new theme.  (I really like this option.)

In creating a background, Free Twitter Designer has 11 background styles that you can use. If you don’t like what you see, you can start with a blank screen and create your own design.

Once you have selected a theme, you can then accept it as is — or modify it.  You can add text, shapes, or an image.  You can change the color of the shape or add a filter (glow, bevel, shadow).  You can change the background color, the color of links, the color of the text, and the color of the sidebar.

Even though this is a fairly simple designer, you can create a fairly sophisticated design — assuming that you have design skills.  Even if your skills are novice, you can still create a theme that looks nice.

After you get your theme tweaked just right, you generate the image.  After the image is generated, you can export it to Twitter.  You can also save the image.  You never know when you might want to use the same image . . . on your blog, your stationary letterhead, or business card.

There is one caveat, though.  If you are a Firefox user on a Mac (like me) the design elements won’t show up.  They do show up in Safari and in Flock, however.  Just not Firefox (which happens to be my browser of choice). Rats.

Your design will show up in Firefox on a Windows machine.  Sigh.  Is there no justice in the world?   🙂

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