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ShermanJackson says

I wish to design some twitter backgrounds but I am not sure if the backgrounds will be viewable on a 17” 19” monitor. Is that true? Is there a workaround or are the backgrounds mainly optimized for 21.5” screens+ ??

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SeraphimChris says

I have a 24 Inch Widescreen, and they show fine at the highest pixel settings 1920×1080. i think that’s what you should worry about more, because some mac monitors have insane settings. lol :-)

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ShermanJackson says

Also worried about those with 17” and 19’

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SeraphimChris says

What I meant was, the pixel ratio of the twitter backgrounds, verses the monitor size.

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MikeMoloney says

With mine, i just used a dimension and attempted to make the bg small enough so it is visible on most screens. Although it is a little big on some screens. I may update the file, idk.

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chrisatlemon says

First of all, it’s not the monitor size which matters, it’s the monitor resolution. you can have a 17 inch with the resolution of 1024, or 1280 etc – and that determines how many pixels you can see. In other words how much real estate it displays.

Secondly your background must adapt to all these different sizes. That usually means that you create a background which works at the minimum setting, just around your main twitter display and then either extends to the left and the right by fading into a background, pattern, or simply having an image that is wide enough for higher resolutions.

So start with the highest resolution, 2000 pixels wide also, and then work your way inwards only hhinking: this is what the guy with 1024 pixels res would see, this is what a guy with 1440 pixels res would see …. make sure that people but the lower resolutions still see the essentials.

it’s a bit like web design, make sure all the essential information is viewable for everyone (or as close to) and then keep all the extended features for those with the screen real estate to view it.

Does that make sense?

Cheers

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MikeMoloney says

+1 for chris, that sounds like a good plan ;)

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EliIsakov says

lolz my mac is one of them werid resolutions… 2560+

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EladChai says

Just something you should know about twitter backgrounds.

This really depends also on the browser you use.

If you have too much stuff(bars, add-ons, fav, etc) then you won’t be able to see the bottom of the background.

And if your browser is just 2 bars(like chrome default) then the twitter background might be too short.

Anyway, you should make many different sizes. That’s what I did. (8 sizes).

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chrisatlemon says

Anyway, you should make many different sizes. That’s what I did. (8 sizes).

you’re absolutely right about the so-called “chrome”.

Offering different sizes is commendable. However it’s not really a solution to accommodate varying setups. It’s a solution to accommodate the owner of the account for his own screen.

That’s like building a website just for yourself. “Works on my screen, that’s good enough for me”.

However the point is that anyone with any screen can enjoy at least some parts of the design. Therefore I think a somewhat more flexible approach is needed, where a visitor with a superhigh resolution monitor can enjoy an awesome full width design/image, and a user on a smaller monitor can still see the essential centre part.

Cheers

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