Customize Your Twitter Profile Page with This Downloadable Pixlr Editor Template
The social network profile page wars rage on. A good while back, Facebook upped the ante by putting a pretty good-sized header up on top of your profile page. Then Google+ countered with a way for you to put a way-too-ginormous image as your profile header. Bringing up the rear (rolled out in the past week or so and available now for everyone) is Twitter. If you haven’t already been prompted to switch to the new design, you can do that by heading here.
You can add a larger 400x400 pixel profile photo of yourself if you want, and we recommend that you do. The old version was 256x256. Once you’ve done that, you’ll want to focus on the header itself. The size of the header should be 1500x500 pixels. To get you started and see if your favorite image(s) fit, we’ve made a simple Pixlr Editor template that is the right size. You can download it here.
If you care about good design and can spend a little time optimizing it, you can really make your Twitter page look sweet. But you’ll need to make sure you choose images that are large enough to look good in that 1500x500 pixel space. If you absolutely don’t have an image that is large enough (although I’m certain if you dig deep enough you’ll find a photo or could easily take a great one that will work), you can always opt instead for a stylized image. This is a great way to add some art to your profile if you aren’t a high res photo kind of person. For example, I used a photo of the Golden Gate Bridge that I took while out on a shark hunt and added some cool halftone effects and other filters using Pixlr Editor. There are a zillion photos of the Golden Gate Bridge out there in the world — but only one that looks just like this.
This template is a .pxd file, which is the native file format of Pixlr Editor. It has layers, and the layers will be preserved if you save it as a .pxd file. (In fact, you may want to save a copy of this .pxd file to your computer or Pixlr Library so you can edit it again later when you want to update your Twitter profile again). When you’re done making your Twitter image, you can flatten the layers or just save it as a format that Twitter accepts and the layers will flatten automatically: JPG or PNG should both work fine.
You’ll notice that in this template I’ve added a layer for the top strip and the bottom strip below your image. Those areas represent areas of your photo that will be covered up by elements of the Twitter interface on the web. You can hide or remove these layers in the template or just place them behind your image when you’re finished toying with your design.
One other thing… Keep in mind that the user profile photo will bump up into that space. I didn’t include it in this template because where it shows up will change depending on the window size and/or device that it’s seen on. There’s probably no way to solve for every view of this header, but if you are a stickler for positioning, this is something to keep in mind.
So, if you are intent on making sure certain details of your image are not ever covered up by the user profile photo, you will need to place those closer to the right side of your image. Here is an example of how that might work with Pixlr app logos:
Notice also that this image shows up in a smaller way on your own view of your Twitter feed:
We work in an amazing maker space on Pier 9 in San Francisco, with other people who work in communities like Instructables, 123-D, Sketchbook, Homestyler, Creative Market (to name a few). The place is bursting with 3D printers, laser cutters, wood and metal shops, a full professional kitchen — all kinds of tools and gadgets. One of the things we do a lot is give tours of our work space. Recently, we gave a tour to some people from Pixar, and we were stoked to be given an invitation in return to go take a gander at their amazing campus across the Bay Bridge in Emeryville.
As you might expect, the Pixar campus is absolutely amazing. We took our camera and iPhone along and grabbed some photos. A few things this place has that are cool:
An art gallery with art from their latest movie plus art their employees make.
A bunch of character sculptures everywhere — as you might expect.
A soccer field where employees play lunch-time games.
A lap pool, basketball court, tennis courts, gym — they definitely encourage you to stay fit.
Two dining rooms: One where you can get a burger and one where you can get something healthier. The food is top-notch at these places.
A tiki bar, a room for spinning vinyl, a place for employee bands to play, foosball, ping pong, video games, etc. Fun everywhere for employees who need to take a break.
Employees have built “houses” around their cubicles that are literally well-made, itt-bitty houses.
Pixar is easily one of the coolest workplaces we’ve ever seen. It’s bursting with creativity. They’ve given us something to aspire to in making our own workspace more awesomer.
Where do you work? Love it or hate it, there’s got to be something interesting about it. Hit us up on Twitter @pixlr and show us photos of something cool about your workspace.
Our Easter Photo Contest Grand Prize Winner: Three Fluffy Chicks
We have a grand prize winner in our Easter Photo Contest! Bec Howlett from Australia (@bec_ski_9 on Instagram).
It wasn’t an easy decision, but our judges honed in on this photo for a few reasons. First, it’s undeniably cute. And, it’s very original. And quite artistic. It also uses a novelty font in Pixlr Express very well, and the colors in this photo are simply gorgeous. Great composition, unique framing (with the tops of these little critters hidden). All in all, we really liked the mood and feel of this photo and felt that it represented a good use of our apps — and it’s a very pretty photo in its own right.
Bec will be receiving the Samsung NX mini in the color of her choice, and we want to thank her for her participation. She shared a lot excellent entries. We encourage you to check out her Instagram feed. We think you’ll agree that she has some real talent. We put together a collage of just some of her recent photos that caught our eye. Great stuff, Bec! Very creative.
For everyone who participated: Please accept our thanks for taking the time to share both moments of your life and some really superb photos. We saw a lot of repeat past photo contest entrants submitting entries, and we’re thrilled that so many of you enjoy the fun of these competitions. We’ll do more!
We hope you had a wonderful Easter and that you stumbled on some great photos from people who are as passionate about taking photos as you are. Keep it up!
Attention, Earthlings: NASA Wants Your #globalselfie
Happy Earth Day, everyone! If you’re going out and planting trees, picking up trash, and fixing the damage we’ve collectively done to the environment, we all collectively thank you. If you’re not, well we’ve got a pretty easy project that you can accomplish in about five minutes.
NASA is encouraging people to go outside and take a selfie wherever you happen to be. Then, post it on social media sites with the hashtag #globalselfie. NASA plans to dig up all these posts using data collection tools and stitch them together to make a unique snapshot of the Earth built out of photos. It’s a way to look at the world from a whole different perspective — a collective portrait of the Earth made up of individual selfies. What a great way to turn narcissistic, selfie-obsessed behavior into something almost transcendent.
Best of all, it’s very easy for everyone to participate. Download the image we included on this post and print it out, or head to the NASA site to grab one in in the language of your choice.
Another day in our Easter Photo Contest, another winner. @momo_bunny on Instagram takes some incredibly cute photos of her two bunnies Momo and Luna, and she submitted this one to our contest. An actual bunny critter for our contest! This bunny is working some Easter magic on some eggs, and it’s positively adorable.
She chose the Instax mini 8 instant camera as her prize, which we’ll send her way. We thank her for sharing some pretty great photos with us. In fact, we encourage you to go check out her Instagram photos to see a range of bunnies and miniatures. Very creative and very deserving of a prize. You’ll see lots of great stuff on her profile like this Danbo pic, which she also entered in the contest. (Enter as often as you like!)
We still have the grand prize of a Samsung NX mini to give away. You’ve got until Tuesday at midnight Pacific time to get those entries in. Check out all the rules and details on our contest site at pixlrcritters.com.
Winner #3 in our Easter Photo Contest has been crowned! Manivone Chanthapraseuth from Texas shares a quite cute shot of this little critter’s first Easter. In fact, she shared a bunch of really good shots of little Cali. Manivone (@piggy209 on Instagram) went to town with stickers on some of these shots, and there’s no denying that these photos are bursting with cuteness.
Manivone chose the Instax 8 mini instant camera for her prize, and we’ll be sending that to her in sunny Houston.
We’re still rolling along with our contest. Even though Easter ends in a few hours, we’ve got one more daily prize and the grand prize to give away in the coming days. So there’s plenty of time to get your shots in. Enter as many times as you like by tagging your shots #pixlrcritters. Check out all the details on our contest site at pixlrcritters.com.
We have our second winner in the Pixlr Easter Photo Contest!
Alison North from the U.K. shared a very cute photo of a giraffe that sure does look like it’s winking at us. We just love the overall cuteness of it. And the fact that she got such a great shot of a giraffe at a wildlife park. That’s a very big critter!
She entered another photo that we wanted to call out as pretty fun, too. She went and made Darth Vader cute:
Like yesterday’s winner, she chose the Instax mini 8 instant camera. We’ll be popping that into the mail to her. Yesterday’s winner also just happens to be from the U.K. England representing big in this contest so far.
We’ve still got two more daily prizes to give away, and of course the Grand Prize of a Samsung NX Mini camera, so get those photos entered by tagging them #pixlrcritters on major social networks. Not sure how this works? Check out the FAQs and rules on our contest page at pixlrcritters.com.
#pixlrcritters Winner #1: Gemmaine's Bucket of Cuteness
We have our first winner in the Pixlr Easter Photo Contest!
Gemmaine Baughurst from the U.K. captures a very cute critter in a bucket. That’s one very cute baby. We love how she added some bunny ears and a few of the stickers from the new Pixlr Express effects pack. All in all, this is a worthy critter for our contest, and we are thrilled to be sending Gemmaine’s daily prize choice her way — an Instax mini 8 camera.
We’ve still got more prizes to give away, including the Grand Prize of a Samsung NX Mini camera, so get your photos in. Just tag your photo #pixlrcritters on major social networks. Read all about it on our contest page at pixlrcritters.com.
Pixlr Easter Photo Contest: Tag Super Cute Portraits #pixlrcritters
We’re delighted to be running another photo contest. People seem to really enjoy these, and we really, really enjoy seeing what people make. The grand prize is one of the cutest (and quite powerful) new cameras out there, the Samsung NX Mini. But we’re also giving away 4 daily prizes. As with our past contests, these daily prize winners get to choose from about a dozen neat prizes on our contest site.
This time around, we want to see some super cute portraits of critters. What kind of critters? Bunnies, pets, stuffed animals, cute babies, selfies with bunny ears — anything or anyone cute or cuddly. Cuteness rules in this contest! Don’t have a cute critter handy? We’ve got some Easter stickers and effects in Pixlr Express that you can plop onto your photo. Throw some bunny ears on a selfie and give us your cutest look. Get creative and show us something inventively cute.
Entering is incredibly easy. Just tag your entry #pixlrcritters on Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, Pinterest, Tumblr, or Facebook. Check out the prizes available at pixlrcritters.com, and knock us out with some creativity. Contest runs 4/17-4/22.
If you think the whole #aftersex hashtag phenomenon is the ultimate indicator that the world’s going to hell in a hand basket, Emma McGowan might just change your mind. How she changed her mind and came to embrace #aftersex selfies.
We’re always scanning the Internet for people who take interesting photos with our apps, and from time to time we like to dig in and learn a bit more about them. Today, we’re lassoing Hayley Marlow, one of the members of our Pixlr on Flickr group. Since she joined the group about a year ago, we’ve noticed her style has changed again and again. We wanted to know just what all the experiments were about and what her background was with photography. Turns out, she’s still developing her style.
Where do you live in this wide world?
I live in Leicestershire, England. I move around a bit but always return to Leicestershire.
Your Flickr profile says you’re relatively new to photography, but it looks like you know what you’re doing. When did you pick up a camera (or camera phone)?
Thanks *blushes*. I got my first compact camera last year as a birthday gift and haven’t been able to put it down since. I recently invested in a dSLR camera — three weeks ago — because I realised this is something I love to do. I am still trying to work out how it all works, but I am enjoying having a go.
From looking at your photos, you seem to be pretty good at street photography. Our last Follow Worthy interviewee (Maria Georgiadou) says she’s sometimes shy and has to rely on a zoom lens to capture intimate photos of people in the streets. Are you good at approaching people or making them comfortable about being photographed?
I can completely relate to that. It does get easier though. The more I do it, the easier it becomes. I carry a few cards with me (it could just be a homemade one) with my email address and Flickr account written on it. I find that people are a lot happier to let me take their picture if they will have an opportunity to view it afterwards. Sometimes giving someone a card is inappropriate such as if I take a picture of a homeless person. I tend to get on the floor with them and share a tea and a chat. I enjoy listening to peoples’ stories. Most importantly, I feel like you are not doing anything wrong, and the worst thing that can happen is someone will say no. Respect their request, say thanks, and find someone else.
By crazy coincidence, we noticed you photographed the same street ad as one of our previous Follow Worthy folks (JeffC.42) who also happens to live in your area. He’s into street photography, too. Is Leicester just a stellar spot for street photography?
Awesome! Leicester is a cool place to take street photography pictures. I have only had positive experiences with the people there. It’s my home city. It’s a totally different experience taking my camera with me now. I see the city in a different way. It’s like rediscovering the city I love.
Some of your photos are heavily textured and look like HDR photos. Do you prefer to experiment with lots of effects?
I do. I think in part it’s because I am new to photography. I want to try everything! I sometimes have reign myself in.
Not all of your photos are of street scenes. In fact, from looking at the lot of them it seems like you are trying out all kinds of styles. Do you feel like you’ve found a style yet or do you expect to keep experimenting?
I really like experimenting, again I think it’s because I am new and want to try it all. I had a conversation with my 13 year old son about finding my style, my niche, and he said something that has stuck with me. He is autistic and sees things in a very logical way. I said I am not sure what I am into yet — street, macro, nature etc. And he said, “Mum, you are into photography; don’t choose.” So I plan to keep experimenting.
Smart kid. No need to choose when you have all these roads to try out. Thank you, Hayley, for taking time out of your day to tell us more about you! We’ll be following along to see what you make next. You can also follow Hayley on Flickr or Instagram.
Do you sell your photos online? Have you ever thought about it? If so, we’ve got a sweet proposition for you: Hang out a shingle on Creative Market.
If you’re not familiar with Creative Market, it’s a site where independent creators from around the world sell their own “mousemade” content. Over time, they’ve expanded their marketplace to offer many different types of content made by independent artists: everything from illustrations to fonts to templates and web themes. This week, they’re taking their next big step: photos.
If you’ve ever designed anything digitally — a postcard, a flyer, a Wordpress site — you’ve surely wasted at least a few hours stumbling through stock photo sites like Getty Images and iStockphoto. And you’ve no doubt been frustrated that the images you find are sometimes less than creative. Sites like Women Laughing Alone with Salad have became a running joke in the online design community (and beyond) because they spotlight the absurdity of big stock photo marketplaces that long ago turned away from offering beautiful images and toward providing staged scenes to fit well-worn cliches. The goal of every graphic designer is to create something authentic and real, but all that canned stock imagery can really work against you.
Creative Market’s solution to this dilemma is to help independent photographers to bring some authenticity and art back into the stock photo world. If you’ve got some skill as a photographer (whether that’s using a $5,000 dSLR or an iPhone), you can open up your own store and sell your work on your own terms. The benefit for photo purchasers is easy to see. Customers get to choose from thousands of photos from authentic sources that have nothing “stock” about them, but the benefits for sellers are quite distinct from other photo marketplaces. Creative Market sellers keep 70% of every sale. (!) They set their own prices. They don’t have to exclusively sell their photos on Creative Market. And, there’s no cost in opening up a store.
From a Pixlr perspective, we think this is nothing short of an amazing concept. Photographers getting an unprecedented amount of control over their work and how it’s sold? To us, that sounds like how it should have been done all along. All of which is to say we’re thrilled to have Creative Market under the same Autodesk umbrella and want to encourage any photographers who use our apps to check into this stellar opportunity.