The Top 10 Free Tumblr Themes To Create A Portfolio

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tumblr themesFor any aspiring photographer or artist, a professional looking online portfolio for your work is essential. Tumblr provides an easy and free way to share your work with all the features that you could possibly need. You can have your portfolio up and running within minutes. Simply create your Tumblr blog, and choose one of the following 10 tumblr themes to complement your work.

With Tumblr you can determine how many images are displayed per page, making it easy to choose the right settings that will suit the theme of your choice.

Organ

Organ is the most unique of all the free portfolio themes available for Tumblr. This CSS theme gives photographers the chance to display their work in a creative and interactive way.

The front page features crops of the latest photographs.

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Hovering over any given image will display the entire photo.

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Opening up an individual post will display the picture along with it tags, how long ago it was posted, and its caption.

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Organ also allows you to easily navigate from one photo to the next.

The Organ Tumblr theme can be customized with a background image of your choice, and you can also choose to show a variety of information such as the note count, copyright, and links to the archive and random posts.

HasAPortfolio

HasAPortfolio is not featured in the official Tumblr themes so installing it is not as simple as just clicking a button. But that isn’t to say it’s just as easy to install.

Download either the simple version or rounded version of the theme, and copy the text. Going into your Tumblr dashboard, select Customize, Theme, Use Custom HTML, and paste the text from the file into the window. You can preview the theme, and then save changes.

HasAPortfolio frames your photos in the spirit of the Polaroid, and the front page features a grid of your latest work.

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The header includes the blog title and whatever text you choose to include in your ‘About‘ section.

Individual images are displayed using a lightbox feature, overlaying the rest of the posts on that page.

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All the background and text colours used on HasAPortfolio can be customized.

Photoboard

Photoboard is another grid portfolio theme. The default background looks like a corkboard, and images appear in a large beige frame.

Clicking on the information button for any given image will flip the photo, displaying its tags, its post date, and how many notes the image has. Individual posts are accompanied by the same information, in addition to the detailed feedback the image has received.

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The text and background colours can be customised, and you can also upload a background image of your choice. Other features can be toggled on and off including the flip photo feature.

Cargo Theme

Cargo Theme is a minimalist grid Tumblr theme with a plain white background and no framing of the images that are posted.

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The title of the blog and navigational links can be found to the right of the images.Cargo Theme can also be switched to display the posts as a list rather than a grid.

Individual posts are accompanied by the post date, caption, and any feedback the image has received, under which the grid is still visible.

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The Cargo theme allows users to display who they are following and also features easy Disqus integration if you would like to receive comments.

Simple Board 3.0

Simple Board 3.0 is a dark grid theme, with quick links featured at the bottom of the page to access the archives, RSS feed and mobile version of the site.

Individual posts are accompanied by tags, the photo caption, and any feedback the image has received.

Simple Board is highly customisable, from the background and text colours, to showing the header and footer, tags, and people you follow. You can also add a subtitle to your blog.

The Tumblr theme has easy integration of Twitter, Flickr, Disqus, and Formspring.

Videoo

As the name implies, Videoo is a theme that is intended for sharing videos on Tumblr but it can just as easily be used as an art portfolio.

Like Cargo, Videoo is a minimalist theme, with each image on the front page accompanied by the post date and caption.

It also features a tag cloud in the footer.

The one drawback to using Videoo for photographs is that there is no permalink for individual images. Clicking on a photo will take you directly to the enlarged jpeg file.

Franklin Street

If you’re not a fan of the minimalist themes, then Franklin Street contains a few more features that might be appealing.

The front page features a grid of the most recent posts accompanied by their captions.

Individual images can displayed using a lightbox feature, overlaying the rest of the posts on that page, or by clicking on the permalink displaying the image alone along with its post date, caption and feedback it has received.

The header includes the blog title, about text and buttons to access the archive and RSS feed.

The Tumblr Portfolio

The Tumblr Portfolio is a light minimalist grid theme, with customisable background and text colours.Each image on the front page is accompanied by its caption.

Individual images are displayed using a lightbox feature, overlaying the rest of the posts on that page.

The Tumblr Portfolio is not featured in the official Tumblr themes, so like HasAPortfolio , you will have to download the text file, and copy and paste the theme into the Custom HTML window.

Museum

The Museum theme is a dark grid theme with links to the archive, mobile site and RSS feed in the header. The front page features a grid of the latest posts, with each image overlayed by its caption.

Individual posts are accompanied by the post date and caption.

The Museum theme cannot be customised in any way.

Photog

If you would prefer a dark list-like theme, Photog features the latest photos as a list, but with a large gap between each image, which can be altered to your liking.

Individual posts are not accompanied by any additional information.

The footer features the blog title, about text, and links to the RSS feed, archives and a search button. The blog can be further customised, choosing the fonts used, and it also features easy Disqus integration.

Once you have your blog up and running, you can also use one of these third party clients to keep your portfolio updated.

Which Tumblr portfolio theme would you use? Let us know in the comments.

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Comments (4)
  • Public enemy

    I’m new to tumblr but I do love it and one of my favourites is the “Rock my World” theme which you can see and download here http://keroteta.tumblr.com

  • Public enemy

    I’m new to tumblr but I do love it and one of my favourites is the “Rock my World” theme which you can see and download here http://keroteta.tumblr.com

  • Sairah

    Haha, I also loved the Unemployed Stuff list!

  • timmyjohnboy

    Out of the list, I think I like “Organ” best. Oh, and I LOVE the “Unemployed Stuff” to-do list!

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