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We started this theme long time ago but since we had other projects at that moment we decided to stop working on it and leave it for another time. Time did pass and after almost a year we finally decided to finish it.
This is a theme in collaboration with ColorCharge. Thanks Rick.
– theme specially made for photo blogs
– single column design
– Unique design
– xHtml valid
– Widget ready

This article has 54 comments

  • Gil August 11th, 2008 at 01:36 #

    Ooh, very nice. Are you planning to provide a link to a demo site as well as the screenshot?

  • ChefGaby August 11th, 2008 at 03:43 #

    Yes. I was too lazy last night to install another WP and add this theme :P

  • chicsinred August 11th, 2008 at 23:43 #

    very nice!!!

  • Nikhil August 12th, 2008 at 04:48 #


    I was planning to put up photo gallery, now I can use WP without any hitches!

  • Anders August 12th, 2008 at 08:39 #

    A very very good looking theme! Well done!

    A couple of issues (tested with Firefox 3.0):

    The About page offers no “exit” and requires the reader to mouseover the tiny white box in the middle.

    Also, the text displayed when mousing over an image should ideally fit inside the white margin around the photo (currently, the top line is “sliced in half” by the background of white margin / photo)

    Without installing the theme on a WP instance for myself yet – does the theme support different photo sized (wide, tall, “portrait” / “landscape” etc)?

    Last question: what license is this theme released under? GPL? Creative Commons?

    Thanks in advance!

  • Anders August 12th, 2008 at 08:46 #

    Chef Gaby,

    a couple of other things to consider to make this theme absolutely perfect:

    Editable text on the “Photo Info” / “Blog Info” = make them text instead of images.

    Customizable background image (this might already be the case – I don’t know?)

    Allow for either text version of the Next/Prev buttons or at least allow IMG ALT=”{title of entry}”…

    Allow blog owner to set a configurable Copyright / contact statement in “Photo info” – e.g. “(C) Name, year, – If you would like to use this photo, please contact me”

    Again – excellent work – looking forward to version 1.1!

  • ChefGaby August 12th, 2008 at 08:58 #

    - the page problem will be fixed
    – please send me a print screen of the hover thing.
    – the picture gets resized by a script no matter how big the image is or if its wide or not. Ideally, the photo doesn’t have to bee to big in height, but it works wither way.
    – license: you can do what ever you want with it. it is common sense not to try to sell it because it a free theme. other than that you can edit and change everything.
    – “Photo Info” / “Blog Info” will remain images, they better that way,
    – “Customizable background image”: I don’t think this will be added. Maybe I will do different designs for the theme, but nothing else.
    – I like the navigation arrows the way they are :)
    – the copyright thing will be added.

  • mohammad August 22nd, 2008 at 04:30 #

    I love this theme but my blog is at and they won’t add new themes unless it is under the GPL license. Do you know whether or not this theme is open-source or I am thankful if you know any simplified free open-source GLP-licensed low-sized high-featured photoblog theme :)

    thanks guys

  • ChefGaby August 22nd, 2008 at 05:51 #

    The theme has been added to their theme directory. I am waiting for them to activate it.

  • Marcop September 11th, 2008 at 01:57 #

    Amazing! See at work in
    Add button DONATE!
    Best regards!

  • TauFanI October 9th, 2008 at 11:09 #

    Hi Gaby..
    Nice to visit your blog and use again your another theme..
    I’ve got a problem when I made photography blog using this theme..
    How can I use this theme?
    How can I show the pictures/photos?
    I’m very confused to use this theme…
    Please help me.. :D

  • ChefGaby October 9th, 2008 at 11:13 #

    Just make a post in which you upload an image with the media uploader.
    You don’t need to insert the image code in the article.
    The text that you write in the article will show on mouse hover over the image.

  • TauFanI October 9th, 2008 at 11:20 #

    Yup, I did all same with your instruction, but still nothing..
    check this out :

  • ChefGaby October 9th, 2008 at 13:03 #

    The theme uses a php file to resize the image displayed.
    That way it makes sure that no image will be wider than the width of the theme.
    That file uses GD, a function built in to PHP.
    Maybe you host doesn’t support that or I don’t know. The script works well on my host here but it seems to have a problem over to you.

  • South Carolina Videographer October 19th, 2008 at 22:37 #

    Wow this is very neat. Do you know of a way that you could add videos in a similar fashion??
    This is really awesome what you have done!!

  • ChefGaby October 20th, 2008 at 11:49 #

    This theme is not really suitable for video files.
    You would need a different theme. But yes, it can be done quite easy.

  • josh October 23rd, 2008 at 19:11 #

    What am I doing wrong? I upload a photo and even resize it before hand, but all I get is a red X where the photo should be.

    I can view the page source, find the url of the image and it’s there and working, but on the post it’s just a red X. Is there another way that photo’s are support to be uploaded? Thanks!

  • addiehf January 21st, 2009 at 14:27 #

    i used it, but my photo cannot display? why?

  • ChefGaby January 21st, 2009 at 14:37 #

    Addiehf, did you upload any images in the post? They must be upload with the wordpress media uploader.
    The theme will search the database and find the uploaded image.

  • ChefGaby January 21st, 2009 at 14:38 #

    Oh, you also need to have GD activated in PHP on your host.

  • kitzykat February 2nd, 2009 at 06:42 #

    great theme..i was wondering how you would change the theme to other colours? i would really like the background white..and can you use a thumbnail plugin or album plugins! I am desperate to get my photos up!

  • ChefGaby February 2nd, 2009 at 13:24 #

    If you need other colors for the theme then you need to change the images from the images directory and also do some css editing.
    If you need something like a thumbnail gallery then you need to edit some of the theme files and that is not that easy.

  • RW February 12th, 2009 at 22:25 #

    What can I do if I want to change the text on the buttons? Are you willing to let me have the photoshop files so I can do that? I tried hand-editing the .gif and .jpg files, but it comes out looking wonky. If I can edit the text layer and then flatten, it would look a lot better.

  • ChefGaby February 12th, 2009 at 22:38 #

    Here are the two images that you need:
    Just add text.

  • RW February 13th, 2009 at 00:10 #

    GlamourGaby: You rock. Thank you ever so much.

  • Karla Koi April 9th, 2009 at 09:26 #

    The capability of this photo blog is very limited. I preferr open source systems.

  • reza June 5th, 2009 at 02:59 #


    please help me

    how use this theme?

    can u send me instruction for this theme?

  • ChefGaby June 5th, 2009 at 03:36 #

    Hi Reza.
    1. You install the theme.
    2. You set the options from the wordpress admin panel so only one article at a time is shown
    3. You upload just one image for each post with the media uploader. You don’t have to put the code for the image in the post.
    4. You write text in the post if you want text to be shown above the image on mouse over.
    5. Done

  • Svetlana July 3rd, 2009 at 01:01 #

    how use this theme? HELP!!!

  • Jaimeee August 6th, 2009 at 14:24 #

    I changed themes and installed and have the picture gallery going, but the buttons do not work. Do I need to do some coding?

  • wien November 6th, 2009 at 09:03 #

    a nice theme, thanks

  • fireboy January 11th, 2010 at 05:00 #

    It’s suitable for a simple and cute photoblog.
    you can publish more theme like this.
    thanks :)

  • Oracle February 18th, 2010 at 10:20 #

    Thanks for the clean and neat theme. Is it possible to change the colour theme easily and add slideshows on the front page?


  • ChefGaby February 18th, 2010 at 10:24 #

    Depends on your skills of editing images and code.
    The modification can be done. I can’t say if it would be easy or not. Might be easy for some but hard for others.

  • Mark February 22nd, 2010 at 11:11 #

    I really like this theme and have been testing it for a blog of mine.

    Can thie dark shaded text area be made to fade in and out instead of just pop dark and pop away abruptly?

    Everything else about this theme is so smooth, except that feature.


  • ChefGaby February 22nd, 2010 at 12:14 #

    I made some changes to the theme. Please download the new version and check the demo to see the text slide in and out instead of just magically appear and disappear.

  • Mark February 22nd, 2010 at 18:27 #

    Now THAT,… looks nice !! (thank you)

    Exactly what I was looking for.

    I hate to be too picky, but I noticed the first ten or so pixel lines still pop dark just before it begins the scroll down. Is that something I can adjust in the code so it smoothly scrolls from point zero? If not no worries, as it still is tons better already.

    Thanks again.

  • Mark February 23rd, 2010 at 02:21 #

    I know this is just a free theme, but would you be interested in working with me to complete it’s functionality? I think this is perfect for my needs and looks great, but there are a couple of issues that need to be tweaked before I can take it live. The Photo Blog theme has alot of possability given where it stands now, and bringing it to completion would make it quite a showstpper in my opinion.

    Let me know. Thanks.

  • ChuckMcB May 17th, 2010 at 05:13 #

    Any known issues with this theme and a WordPress subdirectory install?

    In my case the images do not render (I’ve uploaded it in the post. When I go directly to the image link it just echoes the path to the image without displaying it:

    i.e. viewing this in my browser:

    just displays


  • ChuckMcB May 17th, 2010 at 05:16 #

    Ahh….seems that the image query-string is dropping /wp-content/ from the path for some reason….

  • ChefGaby May 17th, 2010 at 09:16 #

    The image url doesn’t have to contain wp-content, that part gets added to the url in the image.php file.
    The test installation of the theme is in the directory /photo-blog/ and it work without any problems.

    See if you have GD enabled on your server.

  • ChuckMcB May 18th, 2010 at 04:40 #

    Thanks for the reply CG. I’m afraid I didn’t make myself clear (sorry..always the way) I’ve installed WordPress in a subdirectory using this system: The files are physically in a subdirectory but WordPress treats them as if they are not.

    Sometimes plugins have problems with this type of set up: they use get_bloginfo(url) rather than get_bloginfo(wpurl) and so pass the wrong path to files.

    I’ll keep digging and see what I come up with..

  • ChefGaby May 18th, 2010 at 15:26 #

    I think I understand now.
    Then open image.php and try to set the $image_url value to match the path of your wordpress installation. Try adding another ../ and see if that works.

  • ChuckMcB May 21st, 2010 at 06:03 #

    Thanks CG. Spent the last couple of days poking at it. Ended up giving up and moving the WP install into the root (it was causing other problems). Your theme’s up and running perfect. Any thanks.

  • Rahul Singh January 29th, 2011 at 06:15 #

    Exactly what I was looking for.
    Same for me
    Good theme for photo sharing……