The 10 Best WordPress Themes for Photographers, Illustrators and Designers

Many photographers, designers and illustrators have discovered the ease and professional look of WordPress themes for their images, instead of building a web site from the ground up. Themes are simple, easy to use and come loaded with apps and widgets, so they’re ready to go. You can build a professional looking, beautiful website in a matter of days, and not weeks, or months.

Here’s a collection of the best WordPress portfolio themes available for FREE! Some are responsive design, so you can be ready for all types of viewing devices. Either way, you’re set to have a WOW! portfolio.

wordpress.fabthemes.shuttershot1

Shuttershot is a fullscreen slideshow template for large, impressive images. This theme is ideal for photography websites to showcase a portfolio in style. The theme has an option to use either a full screen slideshow on the homepage or a regular blog with image slideshow as the background. If you are using the slideshow option on the homepage, Shuttershot allows you to set a custom page template as the blog.

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wordpress.imbalance1

Imbalance is billed as a blog, portfolio or online magazine. Simple, elegant and clean,  a special drop-down Menu adds some originality and convenience to your template via an options panel that makes the template easy to work with, and an easy logo upload allows you to adjust a template for your unique site needs. Powered by WordPress 3.0+.

©WPSHOWER. Demo and more information

wordpress.fabthemes.june_1

June is a photo gallery theme that has a slideshow option. This theme is great for photographers to setup an image gallery site. With this theme you can create albums of your design or illustration work or photos. In each album you can add multiple images. The images are Thickbox enabled (a Light-Box plugin built in WordPress). The June theme is built  with features like a custom menu, custom post type, featured images, meta boxes, jQuery slider, custom page templates, theme option page and more.

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wordpress.swissdessign1

Swiss Dessign is a clean, orderly layout theme that os perfect for a blog, presentations, portfolios and product shots. Very intuitive and functions well as a one-page site. It has all the current functionality available to WordPress themes, with apps and widgets.

©Dessign.net. Demo and more information

wp.fabthemes.orion1_1

Orion is a fully responsive WordPress theme  (it will adjust the theme layout according to the screen size of the media. So the Orion theme will have a different layout while viewed on a computer screen, on a tablet or on a mobile browser). This theme is ideal for a photography portfolio or to exhibit any collection of images. The Orion theme has a light, clear, minimalistic design and complementing typography. The homepage features a jQuery slider for featured posts. The theme supports WordPress 3 features like a custom menu, featured thumbnail and more. Orion also comes with a theme option page. There is a widgetized section below the image slider which holds the “services widget,”  which is a custom widget built into the theme to showcase your services on the homepage. A great professional website that’s easy to use.

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wordpress.viewport

Urban theme is one of those themes you won’t find everyone using due to it’s radical look, which makes it perfect for certain types of blogs and portfolios. Urban is a free WordPress theme, based around the idea of having posts displayed in a timeline. It features a scrolling timeline, inline loading of posts, pages, images and Youtube videos, realtime search that displays results as you type, tracking of your recently viewed pages and other footer modules including twitter updates and last.fm recently played tracks.

©Paulicio. Demo and more information

wordpress.fabthemes.revera11

Revera is an incredible, free premium WordPress theme, based on Bootstrap 3 framework. Revera is a responsive WordPress theme with all the features Bootstrap brings to make an incredible site. This theme is WordPress 3.6 ready. Revera comes with features like a custom menu, featured images, custom homepage template, portfolio page template , widgetized sidebar and footer, custom widgets on the homepage,  theme option page, and theme options such as, setting a category for jQuery slider on the homepage, setting a number of slides on the jQuery slider, the portfolio uses category to identify the contents so you can assign a category for portfolio items, a setting for the number of portfolio items per page, configure the banner ads, and the homepage template contains 3 custom widget areas that can be configured from the options panel. You can also enter a widget title, widget text and a widget icon.

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wordpress.exhibition1

Exhibition is another great theme for portfolios. Fully functioning and cross-browser compatible, with responsive design to reach all devices. A clean design with an integrated sidebar with sharing functions, and about section, and visual archive. WordPress 3.2+ compatible and search engine optimized.

©Dessign.net. Demo and more information

wordpress.fabthemes.axis_1

Axis is one of the newest fullscreen portfolio WordPress theme. You’ll find this free theme is on a par with quality themes that cost a premium fee. The Axis theme uses WordPress 3 features, like custom post types, custom taxonomies, custom menus, featured thumbnails and more. An ideal theme for professional photographers or anyone who wants to show images or products in style.

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wordpress.grid_1

Grid Portfolio theme (available in responsive for $39 USD), is a simple, clean design specifically for portfolios. The responsive version is WordPress 3.5+ compatible with full support, but the square formats might be a turn-off for images with wider horizontal or higher vertical formats. If the square format fits your needs, the design with copy underneath is easy for viewers to navigate. Grid Portfolio is compatible across all browsers.

©Dessign.net. Demo and more information

Article reprinted courtesy of Fabthemes.com  •  Top image ©GL Stock Images

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