Menu Search
Jump to the content X X

Today, too many websites are still inaccessible. In our new book Inclusive Design Patterns, we explore how to craft flexible front-end design patterns and make future-proof and accessible interfaces without extra effort. Hardcover, 312 pages. Get the book now →

Polaroid: A Free Magento Theme For Your E-Commerce Website

Today we are glad to release a yet another freebie: Polaroid Magento Theme, a professional design skin for the shops powered by the popular open-source ecommerce web application Magento. The theme was designed by eCommerce-Themes1 and released for Smashing Magazine and its readers. As usual, the theme is absolutely free to use in private and commerical projects.


Download the theme for free! Link

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


Features Link

The Polaroid theme includes the following features:

  • the Polaroid effect is made with CSS3. The product grid displays products in random orientations.
  • Product zoom: the category page was spiced up by adding a zoom functionality to the product grid. When you mouse over a product, it zooms in to show the product in more details.
  • The .zip-package also contains additional modules “Best Sellers”, “Features Products”, “New Products”, and “Multi Shipping”.

Home (large preview)9

Category (large preview)11

Behind the design Link

As always, here are some insights from the designers:

We wanted to go beyond the boundaries of Magento and break the usual design patterns. We really wanted to try something new, add rich CSS3 features to the Magento theme and experiment a bit with its different features. We are very pleased to share this theme with the community, especially with Smashing Magazine readers.

Thank you, guys. We appreciate your work and your good intentions.

You may be interested in the following related posts:

Footnotes Link

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5
  6. 6
  7. 7
  8. 8
  9. 9
  10. 10
  11. 11
  12. 12
  13. 13
  14. 14

↑ Back to top Tweet itShare on Facebook


The Smashing team loves high-quality content and cares about the little details. Through our online articles, Smashing Books, eBooks as well as Smashing Conferences, we are committed to stimulating creativity and strengthening the web design community’s creative forces.

  1. 1

    Alizain Prasla

    August 24, 2010 1:45 pm

    Like It :)

  2. 2

    Very nice theme. Thanks

  3. 3

    Richard Käll

    August 24, 2010 11:46 am

    Looking good! Thanks!

  4. 4

    That’s very generous, thank you!

  5. 5

    Nice. It comes really handy. I’l be glad to try this theme out.

  6. 6

    Does it work in regular browsers, or does it work only in browsers like chrome, firefox that can handel css3 and html5?

    • 7

      Interesting question. Are you experiencing any problem in internet explorer? This theme works fine on Firefox and Safari (both in my iMac) but not in internet explorer 8 (in my PC). Do you have the same problem??

  7. 8

    This is incredible! How can you give this away for nothing?

  8. 9

    Thanks for sharing, that’s nice and good.

    But why to use text-shadow for every text element on site? Shadows for text on white background don’t give any eye-candyness, but only blurry effect. Text-shadow in CSS3 is just a useful feature, not must-have madness.

  9. 10

    This would be very uselful… If only Magento didn’t suck!

    • 11

      Jason Ferrier

      August 30, 2010 10:50 am

      Is that an unfounded statement? I remember when I first started using Magento. There was no good documentation. There were no books. The forums were full of people like me who couldn’t figure out how to make the smallest of changes.

      At the end of July, Varien (aka Magento), released/updated their Knowledge Base and it contains up to date and very useful information.

      Yes, Magento can be slow sometimes and seem bloated, but it is still better than a lot of other offerings for the options is provides.

  10. 12

    this is really useful for me!Thanks MAgento

  11. 13

    Very nice theme. I think it mixes retro and new-school design elements very good.

  12. 14

    Thank you for sharing! Looks like a promising theme.

  13. 15

    Great work, and for free… this is very generous indeed!

  14. 16

    very cool. BTW, may I convert it to another CMS like Prestashop ?

  15. 17

    Very nice theme! Thx for sharing!

    Although in FF, some of the backgrounds, for products which is skewed are not loading properly, so you have to reload the site, in order to see the whole background.

  16. 18

    Link to live Demo is not working, Server Crash ?

  17. 19

    Looks OK, but doesnt really work very well. Im on the latest version of firefox for the mac and the product boxes look rubbish!

  18. 20

    Thanks magento
    cool themes :D

  19. 21

    clean and simple… nice theme!!

  20. 22

    that is quite a stunning theme!


↑ Back to top