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Free Portfolio WordPress Theme: Creative by Nature

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! Link

Creative by Nature is a free portfolio theme created by 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 file 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 Post4 if you want to spread the word. You may modify the theme as you wish.

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Installation guidelines Link

  1. Download the latest version of “Creative by nature” theme either here or here9
  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 Link

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 Link

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    Courtny Cotten

    July 30, 2009 12:54 pm


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    Nicolas TAFFOREAU

    July 30, 2009 1:04 pm

    Amazing theme, thank you for the share.

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    Zoltan Sebestyen

    July 30, 2009 1:05 pm

    Great work. Thanks!

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    Wow cool..
    Not pretty sure, but I may use it soon !

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    Martin Nissen

    July 30, 2009 1:23 pm

    Very inspiring. Thanks!

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    Mehrdad Nassiri

    July 30, 2009 1:35 pm

    Beautiful but client-side files are about 1.2mb !
    It’s too bad for slow-internet users …

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    Shibi Kannan

    July 30, 2009 1:53 pm

    Beautiful theme, lost of graphics in the background, the typography needs a little touch up. xml file was something new and wasn’t really sure what that was for. Thank you again Smashing Magazine and CSS Mayo

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    Of the creative themes out on the net, this has to be one of the top ones I’ve seen. Well done on a fantastic job.

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    That’s really beautiful. Good work, creators.

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    really good…so good my website im working on looks similar ..haha.. im patting my own back now.. good job as usual SMASH!

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    Patrick Sweeney

    July 30, 2009 5:13 pm

    Never understood the point of someone “creative” using a prefab design. sort of defeats the purpose.

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      Agreed – I’m a creative industry guy so I would never use it. However I am donating some websites to friends who are entering art school etc. and cannot afford a full blown site, so the easiest & quickest way for me to get them a site is to utilize such templates and give it to them.. they want to show off their photography/artwork in a more personalized setting than, say, Flikr.

      Great point though – no creative professional should be using these for the sake of integrity!

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    Please, can anyone explain what that template should say? I have no clue… looks to me like just another grunge style template.
    Even worse the license statement: “The theme is released under GPL. You can use it for all your projects for free and without any restrictions.”
    You really should know it better – don’t release such sentences out to thousands of readers. The GPL never was and will never be a “do what you want” license… and its for sure not a good license for art work like templates.
    @SM: You should really push the featured artists to use a Creative Commons here…

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    Never understood the point of someone “creative” using a prefab design. sort of defeats the purpose.

    Ditto. Okay, I get it if you’re an illustrator, or something else non-designy (I am, and our graphic design teacher hammered it into our heads that we’re NOT designers and if we ever actually design anything she’ll kick our asses) but if a webdesigner used a free design for their portfolio… that’s just cheap as hell.

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    it doesnt do it for me – i dont like it

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    I am new to wordpress and love this theme – at the moment I am using the wordpress hosted version – I asume I can’t use this theme. What do I have to have in terms of wordpress to be able to use these themes. It would be good if wordpress made them available

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    Excellent theme, i like it.
    It looks really professional and easy to use

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    looks pretty cool. even with that huge amount of pictures =)

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    All for Design

    July 30, 2009 11:54 pm

    To my mind this template is quite good even if I’m not kind of the design style…
    I just wanted to give you a feedback about the search result’s page. I don’t know if it’s normal but there is no background so it’s quite difficult to read the text and the title is hidden under the leafs.
    But globally thanks for sharing this template for free, you must have spend a lot of time to create it.
    ps : sorry for my poor english language…


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