40+ Best WordPress Portfolio Themes for Illustrators, Designers and Creatives (2018)

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If you’re putting together a portfolio-based website to show off your art or creative talent using WordPress, you’ll need a theme to match your own creativity; a theme to help keep the focus on your work.

Portfolio themes need to be functional and well designed, and shouldn’t distract from whatever it is you’re showcasing. In short: The main thing a portfolio theme needs to do is display visual content flawlessly. Everything else takes second place. Additionally, a great portfolio theme should be responsive, user-friendly, intuitive and easy to navigate.

The exact features you want from a portfolio theme will, of course, be influenced by the type of content you plan to showcase. Sliders may be more relevant for a photography-based website, while a grid layout may be preferable to display designs or art.

To help you choose, we’ve put together a list of more than 40 of the best WordPress portfolio themes for designers, illustrators, artists and creatives.

The list, in no particular order…

Wekstatt

Wekstatt WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • Many one click importable demos with interchangeable elements and customization.
  • Pre-made portfolio detail styles.
  • 6 different animations for hover styles.
  • 7 Listing Styles, 5 Article Styles with Post Formats.
  • WooCommerce integrated.

KON/CEPT

KON/CEPT WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • Simple theme that focuses on elegance and simplicity.
  • Showcase any design, illustration, photo or product.
  • Has 4, 3 and 2 column based grids in masonry.
  • 4 navigation styles – full, minimal, classic and sidebar.
  • Supports WooCommerce.

Kalium

Kalium WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • Well designed portfolio styles diverse from each other.
  • Multiple hover styles – minimal or filled with information.
  • Dribble portfolio included.
  • 30+ portfolio types.
  • 800+ carefully crafted icons.

Lobo

Lobo WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • Modular theme – content created on the basis of a custom module builder.
  • With a few clicks, compose any background color, text, images, background images, sliders, videos, tracks.
  • Exclusive immersive sticky header allows you to access to some actions and menu options in any part of the page.
  • Isotope & masonry layouts, infinite scroll.
  • Custom fullscreen backgrounds for each project and section, enable parallax backgrounds and videos, fullscreen hero videos from Yotube & Vimeo.

Stockholm

Stockholm WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • 7 pre-defined headers with loads of styling options.
  • Comes with portfolio lists and portfolio single templates.
  • Ajax page transitions – choose between four different animations that can be controlled globally or at page level.
  • WooCommerce integration.
  • Portfolio masonry layout – Pinterest and masonry style.

GridStack

GridStack WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • Unique full width galleries.
  • Video, image and audio support.
  • Touch / swipe enabled.
  • Interactive walk throughs to help set up your site.
  • Sortable portfolio.
  • Ajax dynamic loading.

Colors Creative

Colors Creative WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • Set up to 5 background colors for your headers to rotate automatically.
  • When using images, you can also add overlay color (with opacity).
  • Unique shifting feature – automatic change of your website background color depending on the section color you pass.
  • Use animated GIFs for project items in your Portfolio grids.
  • Unique feature: use secondary images for your projects when hovering mouse over them.
  • Show products in random order.

Flexible

Flexible WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • Sleek and minimal portfolio theme.
  • Filterable, ajax-powered multi-media gallery.
  • Color control panel included, allowing different combinations of custom colors, backgrounds and fonts.
  • Numerous custom shortcodes, including shortcode for image slider.
  • 6 pre-made portfolio templates.

Proton

Proton WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • Multiple options to create a beautiful portfolio page for any purpose.
  • Many animated hover effects.
  • Portfolio with fancybox gallery.
  • Portfolio 2-3-4 columns, alternative portfolio style, Masonry Portfolio.

Heat

Heat WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • Retina ready graphics.
  • Masonry style portfolio, portfolio and gallery custom post types.
  • Supported post formats: Standard, Gallery, Link, Image, Quote, Status, Video and Audio.
  • Full width infinite image gallery page with a “masonry-style” layout.
  • Touch enabled super smooth image gallery lightbox.

Notio

Notio WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • Portfolio plus eCommerce theme, 10 portfolio layouts.
  • Strong focus on typography, usability and overall user-experience.
  • Retina ready, ultra-high resolution graphics.
  • Video backgrounds and elements.

Roua

Roua WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • Portfolio Post Type makes it easy for you to add your projects and showcase them in a beautiful way.
  • Adjust header opacity with an easy setting in theme options.
  • Video support to add videos for your pages or portfolio projects.
  • Revolution Slider on pages, WooCommerce compatible.

PinThis

PinThis WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • Pinterest inspired, multipurpose masonry based theme.
  • 5 color skins and 6 custom post formats.
  • Great support for embeddable media.
  • Responsive touch enabled image and content slider.

Hempstead

Hempstead WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • Clean minimal design with modular concept and grid layout.
  • 3 demo versions.
  • Smooth page animations.
  • CSS3 and jQuery animations.

Luisa

Luisa WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • Great parallax effect on portfolio pages.
  • Minimalistic theme.
  • Portfolio Post Type – makes it easy to add your projects and showcase them in a beautiful way.
  • Video support.
  • Easy to customize with WordPress Customizer.

Signature

Signature WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • Full screen slideshows, video background, parallax backgrounds, responsive touch carousels, parallax showcases.
  • Parallax grid, multi width grid, random grid.
  • Split scroll showcase, lightbox galleries with video support.
  • YouTube / Vimeo / Hosted video support, SoundCloud integration, Flickr feed gallery, animated headers.
  • Unique packery grid view, grid with parallax effect.
  • Multiple project showcases, online shop template.

Skylab

Skylab WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • Visual Composer, Slider Revolution and Showbiz Pro premium plugins included.
  • Page templates accommodate multiple galleries, each with as many images as you want.
  • Custom animations.

DECA

DECA WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • Minimalistic theme, not weighed down by unnecessary elements.
  • 5 headers, 10 homepages and 3 portfolios.
  • Portfolio Post Type – makes it easy to add your projects and showcase them in a beautiful way.
  • Video support.
  • Easy to customize with WordPress Customizer.

PILE

PILE WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • Create portfolios intuitively using unique Project Builder.
  • Minimalist and structured, designed for digital portfolios.
  • Smooth parallax scrolling and unique transitions.
  • Integrated with WooCommerce.

Expose

Expose WordPress Theme
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Standout features:

  • 12 home variants, 25+ custom page builder elements.
  • Parallax support on any layer, parallax showcase, different showcase options.
  • Multiple portfolio layouts with masonry and grid view, fullscreen images.
  • Video streaming.

Assemble

Assemble WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • 18 beautiful homepages, loads of creative inner pages.
  • Multiple portfolio layouts, each with customization options.
  • Amazing hover effects.
  • Portfolio image and video lightbox.
  • Portfolio slider, portfolio accordions, portfolio tabs slider.

Oshine

Oshine WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • 10 different header layout combinations, 5 menu layouts, 3 body layouts & 3 footer layouts.
  • Unlimited ways to present your work – Variable gutters, multiple columns, gradient overlays, 8 hover options, 7 Title styles, likeable items and many more options.
  • Multiple single portfolio styles.
  • Hero sections with parallax and overlay support.

Impreza

Impreza WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • Advanced header, logo, menu, portfolio, typography and blog options.
  • Comes with Ultimate Addons for Visual Composer addon.
  • 17 Portfolio grid styles.
  • Awesome CSS3 Animations.
  • Animated appearance of columns and images at any page.
  • Easy to use shortcodes for numerous design elements.

Stag

Stag WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • 21 elements for Visual Composer built exclusively for Stag.
  • Multiple navigation styles (minimal, classic, fullscreen) and a header with a versatile behavior.
  • On-scroll CSS3 animated content.
  • Parallax backgrounds.

Mentas

Mentas WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • Unique expanding gallery with filters, zoom and more.
  • Video page + video background.
  • 6 versions of portfolio work view.
  • 4 versions of portfolio gallery styles – Masonry, Pinterest, Grid, Expanding.
  • 100+ interactive elements.

Hind

Hind WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • Multi concept portfolio theme, 14 homepages, 20+ header styles, 11 pre-made premium sliders.
  • 14 portfolio layout variations, 8 portfolio item animations, 18 category filter animations.
  • 30 portfolio post types.
  • Photo galleries, photo carousels, photo sliders with different animations and effects.

Design Portfolio

Design Portfolio WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • Full width slider with amazing effects.
  • Filterable portfolio with many columns.
  • 23 pages already created.
  • 12 columns grid.

Salient

Salient WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • Multiple sliders custom tailored for Salient.
  • Smooth parallax scrolling, Multi layer mouse based parallax, image/video backgrounds.
  • Multiple page transitions available.
  • Build masonry image galleries with drag & drop ordering & easy bulk uploading.
  • High performance animations.
  • 7 project styles and unlimited layouts for each one.
  • Sortable portfolio and infinite scroll for portfolio.

Frame

Frame WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • Fully filterable project grid to make navigation easy.
  • Full-screen splash page.
  • Selection of pre-made templates to build your site

Bridge

Bridge WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • Full-screen image & video slider with parallax, with fade in/out elements animations, and slide/fade transitions.
  • Easy to create Parallax pages
  • 7 different portfolio single layouts and 7 different portfolio list layouts.
  • Option to set smooth scroll ON/OFF

Dazzle

Dazzle WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • Multiple navigation styles with versatile header behaviour.
  • Beautiful CSS3 animations.
  • Visual Composer with 20+ new elements, built exclusively for Dazzle.
  • WooCommerce compatible.

Portfolio

Portfolio WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • User-friendly interface, a huge library of custom widgets.
  • Clean minimal design with Ajax loading.
  • Advanced portfolio filters.

Yin & Yang

Yin and Yang WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • Strong focus on user-experience, usability, and beautiful typography.
  • Unique animations and transitions.
  • Filterable, ajax portfolio.
  • Awesome jQuery slider.

Uncode

Uncode WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • Enhanced Visual Composer for advanced functionalities.
  • Advanced grid system for cutting edge layouts.
  • 16+ intuitive portfolio templates with custom options.
  • Smooth parallax, smooth scroll, smooth CSS3 animations.

Illustrator

Illustrator WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • 15 distinct homepages, each designed for a specific use.
  • Specifically designed for illustrators, concept artists, animators, story tellers and creatives.
  • 10+ portfolio single templates.
  • Creative inner pages, multiple layouts for portfolio lists, portfolio single pages.
  • Parallax effect and zoom animations on slider images.

Nemesis

Nemesis WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • Skin Manager, 16 page templates.
  • Stylish ajax portfolio content.
  • 8 Different portfolio page styles.
  • 100+ advanced shortcodes with shortcode generator support.
  • Portfolio with filter by set option.

Artifex

ThemeGoods WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • jQuery powered portfolio showcase area that supports graphics and video.
  • Uses jQuery masonry and infinite scroll to load and stack more items.
  • Auto resizing of images.

Cooper

Cooper WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • Unique Scrolling Page. Background and text is changed depending on the identifier section.
  • 4 Different Style Portfolio Page, 4 Types Portfolio Post Format- Slider, Image, Gallery, Video(Youtube/Viemo).
  • 6 Different Style Portfolio Details Page- Full Screen Slider/Image Backgrounds, Youtube Video Background.
  • Visual Composer and Revolution Slider included.

Soho

Soho WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • Animated page transitions, graphically intuitive shortcode generator.
  • Extensive theme and color options.
  • Sortable portfolio, advanced typography.
  • 550+ retina ready icons.

Eris

Eris WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • Easily switch between 3 or 4 columns in layout, or shuffle your work.
  • Pick between 3 layouts: the split, classic or curtain layout.
  • Sidebar and easily accessible areas can be hidden and pulled out with a click.
  • Custom color options.

Summing Up

Here’s a quick reference list to keep in mind when checking out features for the perfect portfolio theme:

  • Functional, visually attractive display that keeps the focus on content.
  • Responsive and retina-ready.
  • User-friendly, intuitive, filterable and easily navigable.
  • Integrates well with popular plugins.
  • Custom Post Type support for Portfolios
  • Smooth transitions, image overlays, animations and hover effects.

Using any of the above? Know of any other great portfolio themes?

By Vishnu Supreet

WP copywriter by night, data analyst by day :)
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  1. Troy says:

    Great collection of beautiful WordPress themes.
    I want to recommend Probit free responsive WordPress theme. It is a simple and easy to use theme that you can use for your blogging, showcasing a portfolio or business websites. This theme is bristled with pixel perfect design, custom page templates, 3 different blog templates and lots of other great features.

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