Free Portfolio WordPress Theme: Creative by Nature

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In this post we are glad to release Creative by Nature, a unique and flexible high-quality portfolio WordPress theme for artists, photographers and designers. The theme was designed by .css{mayo}1 and released especially for Smashing Magazine and its readers.

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Download the theme for free!

Creative by Nature is a free portfolio theme created by CSSMayo.com and released especially for Smashing Magazine and its readers. The designers created a funky theme, particularly useful for artists, photographers and designers who are looking for a flexible portfolio solution. The theme’s .zip-package3 includes all necessary files, server installation guide and a help file which describes how to add entries to your portfolio section. Besides, a PSD source file4 is available for free download as well.

The theme is released under GPL. You can use it for all your projects for free and without any restrictions. Please link to this post and also to CSSMayo Release Post5 if you want to spread the word. You may modify the theme as you wish.

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Installation guidelines

  1. Download the latest version of “Creative by nature” theme either here or here11
  2. Unzip and upload the theme to your “wp-content/themes/” directory
  3. In WordPress, go to “Appearance > Themes” and activate the “Creative by nature” theme
  4. In the theme archive you’ll find file creative_by_nature-export.xml. Import it to your WordPress installation from “Tools > Import > WordPress”
  5. Go to “Settings > Reading” and:
  • Check “A static page (select below)” in “Front page displays” field.
  • Select “Home” in “Front page: ” drop-down menu
  • Select “Blog” in “Posts page: ” drop-down menu

Adding Portfolio Entry

Here are instructions for adding portfolio entries:

  1. Go to “Pages > Add new”
  2. Enter Portfolio entry title
  3. Insert your image into the post(preffered image size: 290×230 px), then add “more” tag. Add short description for the entry, then add one more “more” tag. Then enter the remaining text. (Check out test portfolio entries for example)
  4. You may also enter custom fields “url” if you want to add additional information to each portfolio entry.
  5. You’ll need to setup few things in “Attributes” section:
  • Choose “Portfolio” page for page parent
  • In “Template” field select “Portfolio Item”
  • You may also enter position field if you want to specify the order of portfolio entries.

Thank you very much, folks! We appreciate your efforts.

Footnotes

  1. 1 http://cssmayo.com
  2. 2 http://media.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/images/creative-by-nature/full_preview.jpg
  3. 3 http://media.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/images/creative-by-nature/creative-by-nature-wp.zip
  4. 4 http://cssmayo.com/download/free-wordpress-themes/psds/creative-by-nature.zip
  5. 5 http://cssmayo.com/freebies/free-wordpress-themes/creative-by-nature/
  6. 6 http://media.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/images/creative-by-nature/full_preview.jpg
  7. 7 http://cssmayo.com/preview/creative_by_nature/
  8. 8 http://media.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/images/creative-by-nature/full_preview.jpg
  9. 9 http://media.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/images/creative-by-nature/creative-by-nature-wp.zip
  10. 10 http://cssmayo.com/download/free-wordpress-themes/psds/creative-by-nature.zip
  11. 11 http://cssmayo.com/freebies/free-wordpress-themes/creative-by-nature/

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  1. 1

    To… Much… JPEG… Compression…

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  2. 52

    Turkish Lira nostalgia:D

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  3. 103

    WOW ! Excellent and creative theme have explained everything how to import files, Thanz guys! Keep it up.

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  4. 154

    Excellent theme and I am sorry but those who mention this is an over complicated and cluttered design, generally you would want tailored orientated websites to stand out rather than a clean one.

    I do have a question regarding the theme itself though I would like to have a logo be represented rather than the blog text. I have no issues removing the blog title and tag line, I just can’t figure out from the PSD itself, how to save just the ‘logo’ section and replace with the current header image in the theme, if anyone can help that would be greatly apprecaited.

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  5. 205

    @49 Wilson
    I had the same problem.

    It works when I numbered the ones I wanted on the front, 0,1,2 and then I edited homepage. php so that line:
    $projects = get_pages(‘child_of=’ . $portfolio->ID . ‘&sort_column=menu_order,post_title&sort_order=asc&number=4′);

    ended with a 6 instead of a 4

    Don’t ask me what that means or why changing it works. Just knew that was the right area of the template and I started messing with it till it worked

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    excellent theme… great job dude..!!

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  8. 358

    Very nice & beautifull theme and css…
    BRAVO !!!

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  10. 460

    it’s not working for me.
    too bad coz its a really nice theme.

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  11. 511

    that is awesome keep it up

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  12. 562

    Giuseppe Beghelli

    January 9, 2010 5:25 am

    Excellent template but there is a problem in the Portfolio section. Must include the ability to display a number of projects per page. If I have 100 projects may not appear in a single page, the scroll would be infinite. Sorry for my English.

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  13. 613

    I LOVE IT!! I think it’s awesome and am going to use it for a blog I have been wanting to start! Thanks for the share…can anyone tell me what the “PSD-spurce” is for???
    thanks much!
    Tess

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  14. 664

    wonderful site thanks to share a lot of things

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  15. 715

    I love this and I’ve had a great time customizing it. But there is one thing I am trying to figure out how to do that escapes me completely.

    I like the way the projects are listed on the page, but is there a way I can make the images show up larger on the project pages? I have resorted to linking them into my Flickr pages since I can’t figure out how to make them larger if you click on them, or just to simply have them larger on the project page (preferable) …

    Thanks for any help,
    Cheers,
    Paige

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  16. 766

    Wonderful template! Excellent to customizing:) I allowed myself to the redesign and customizing it of my needs.
    Cheers and thank You!

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  17. 817

    Hey,Thanks so much for sharing. This is a great layout also to customize
    I just have problems uploading it.. it never appears maybe I do a stupid mistake.

    Hope you can help me!

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  18. 868

    Too cool! I simply love it!
    thnx a lot for the share!!! *-*

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  19. 919

    Hi,

    thank you.. its really amazing theme..
    it has solved my issue of designer :)

    thanks again.. god bless you………….!!!!!!!!

    Love you !!!
    Krish

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    shuvra sengupta

    May 5, 2010 11:40 pm

    how can i add social buttons like twitter, FB e.t.c in this theme

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  21. 1021

    It is so lovely!!! I am using this theme is that i need. But I have some troubles with proyects where it should show a thumbnails, but no its working fine.
    (joer con mi ingles!!!) Any way it is wonderful and amazing.
    Thank you very much. Where it is the autor’s web?

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    The designers created a funky theme, particularly useful for artists, photographers and designers who are looking for a flexible portfolio solution. The theme’s .zip-package includes all necessary files, server installation guide and a help file which describes how to add entries to your portfolio section. Besides, a PSD source file is available for free download as well.

    ipad bag

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  23. 1123

    Not a bad theme for a grunge theme. Attention to detail… nice. I agree with the comments about a web designer using a canned template… shame!

    Note: this template does not appear to support password protection on posts or pages.

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  24. 1174

    HI, this theme is awesome.

    I´m making my own portfolio and that´s all ok, since the photos of the main page have disappeared. It´s as if the main page don´t link with the portfolio items.

    http://javiuruen.com/

    Tanks.

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  25. 1225

    Is possible that it don’t work Fine in WP3??

    I can’t get the 3 big snapshots on HomePage, also de Case Study Part and only the small icons of More projects, but with bad URLS.

    anybody knows that?
    Thanks!

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  26. 1276

    hey so im having some troubles with this theme, the polaroids arnt showing up and the pages tabs “home” ect are invisable unless you scroll over them.
    any help would be highly appreciated.

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  27. 1327

    This is exactly what I have been looking for! Thanks Smashing Magazine! You are the awesome sauce of awesome! ^_^

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    Christina Hooper

    October 3, 2011 5:02 pm

    I’m having the same problem as parufito and liz… I can’t get the portfolio images to show up on the home page. Is it possible that it’s a glitch with using it on WordPress 3 that’s causing it?

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