Twitter is a dynamic social media platform due to its fast-moving tweet feed. With a 280-character limit, tweets need to get to the point quickly. It's important to create tweets that grab attention and bring users in for likes, retweets, sub-tweets, and comments. And the secret to creating tweets that get attention is to pair them with compelling visuals. Tweets with images get more retweets than text-only messages. So how do you create attention-grabbing images for Twitter? Our team of pro designers have come up with a collection of free Twitter post templates in Shutterstock Editor that will bring your feed to life. They're easy to use and completely customizable. Here's how to start.


What is a Twitter post?

A Twitter post, or a "tweet," is the main form of social engagement on the platform. You can type a message up to 280 characters long and share links, images, or videos. Most tweets don't hit that limit. Currently, the ideal length for an effective tweet is between 70-100 characters. In that space, a person or a brand can share an update, news, or a witty observation. Getting engagement on a short message can be tough, so pairing it with the right image is the secret to your social success.
How to create an engaging
Twitter post using templates
in Shutterstock Editor
Give your tweet its best chance at success by pairing it with an engaging image. But don't worry about design - our professional templates are completely customizable and easy to use. Just fill in the details.

Step 1:

Step 1: Choose a template for your Twitter post image by clicking the "Template" icon in the toolbar on the left side of the screen. Browse the available templates until you find one that matches the feel of the tweet you’d like to send.

Step 2:

Click on the Text Editor icon in the toolbar, and update the text with the message you'd like to pair with your tweet.

Step 3

Using the Elements tool, you can bring additional shapes, icons, or emojis into your image to customize the look and feel.

Step 4:

Explore the Shutterstock library using the Search icon at the top of the toolbar. You want bold, engaging images, so try out a few different search terms or phrases to find the perfect image for your tweet.

Step 5:

Set your photo as the background for your image, and reposition it to fit your template.

Step 6:

License the image of your choice quickly and easily by clicking "Remove watermark."

Step 7:

Download the photo and upload your custom Twitter post image before sending your tweet.
5 simple tips to get the most out of your Twitter post

Tip #1: Get Colorful This may sound obvious, but it's actually worth thinking about. Not all images that you might think to share will be bright and colorful. There are plenty of dramatic, low-contrast, desaturated, or black-and-white images out there that might catch your eye. However, bold colors are more likely to snare your audience's attention and encourage them to engage with your tweet. Alternate which colors you use in your designs, but keep them bright so they pop against the Twitter feed background. Tip #2: Use Data and Stats Infographics do well on Twitter. Our Twitter post templates for Shutterstock Editor make creating infographics easier than ever. Spend some time measuring your business activity, and keep an eye on issues relevant to your industry or your audience. When you find upward trends, climbing numbers, or interesting insights, take your custom data to Shutterstock Editor and drop the information into the template of your choice. Use a similar format for your next infographic so your audience learns to recognize them as yours when you have data to tweet. Tip #3: Stay Positive We don't all feel positive all the time, and there are important things to talk about on Twitter that we wouldn't call "positive" either. But when building a personal or business brand, try to frame your tweets from an optimistic, helpful, and engaged perspective. "Doomscrolling" is a real issue in internet browsing. It can rob you of engagement with users who are looking for reasons to stop and enjoy their interaction with you or your brand. Give your audience ideas, insights, and actions to take from your tweets that motivate them to read your next tweet, and the next one, and the next one... Tip #4: Keep Up Be consistent with your tweets. There's no upper limit to how many tweets you should make per day for your personal or business brand, but there is definitely a floor. Tweet too infrequently and you might get lost in a user's feed. Try to send several tweets a day and cycle through different types of tweets, like updates, infographics, and images. Maintain a steady tone and attitude with your tweets to be predictable with your followers. Tip #5: Stay Engaged Don't just tweet and move on. Keep an eye out for retweets, sub-tweets, and replies. Engage with everyone you can. “Like” a user's tweet if they share one of your tweets. Start conversations with people who have replied to your tweets. Spend some time liking and retweeting content created by others that's relevant to your brand and your voice. Everyone likes acknowledgement, so make sure you make your audience feel appreciated when they take the time to engage with you.