Although High Art can be used for a wide variety of things, it is primarily a theme for Artists, Art Galleries, & Exhibitions spaces. It’s packed with all kinds of features that allow you to bring the experience of an art galley to the web in a new and interesting way. Check out the demo and review some of the amazing features below.
Also for a limited time there’s a free, blog only version available which has the styling of the Full version of High Art, without all of the extra bells and whistles.
|Promote artists and gallery shows with the Exhibits custom post type. (screenshot)||—||✔|
|Schedule events and shows with the Events custom post type. (screenshot)||—||✔|
|Lightbox display for Exhibits using Fancybox.||—||✔|
|A theme options page for custom logos, theme colors, footer options & more. (screenshot)||✔||✔|
|A strict grid based design mixed with clean typography and a baseline grid. (screenshot)||✔||✔|
|2 widgetized sidebar areas.||✔||✔|
|Flickr integration which displays photo sets directly from Flickr. (screenshot)||—||✔|
|5 Custom page templates for Archives, Events, Exhibits, etc. (screenshot)||—||✔|
|Free updates! (For bug fixes and errors).||✔||✔|
|Custom web fonts using Lato from Google Web Fonts.||✔||✔|
For WP 3.1 +
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High Art is Copyright © 2010 by Allan Cole. It is released under the GNU General Public License, version 2.0 just like WordPress.
Exhibits are essentially just featured image galleries for artists and events. To create an Exhibit, navigate to the Exhibits → Add Exhibits Panel and follow the on screen prompts to create an Exhibit. Since Exhibits are primarily image based, creating a new Exhibit can be as simple as adding a Title, adding a Description and uploading/attaching some images.
Exhibit galleries are completely based on image attachments. You DO NOT need to insert images directly into the post content area for an Exhibit to work. Please watch the tutorial video above.
Using images from Flickr requires a few extra steps. See more info about it below.
Use the Exhibit Information section of the Add/Edit Exhibit panel to provide relevant details about the Artist/Exhibit. (screenshot)
High Art comes with a few custom taxonomies which work like categories to define Artists and Media types for the Exhibits you create. (screenshot)
Events allow you to promote events with flyers, map links and ticket purchases. The Events feature should not be confused with a calendaring system — it isn’t that powerful (…yet ;-).
To add a flyer to an event, simply upload a flyer image to the Event and click the Use as Featured Image link.
Use the Event Information section of the Add/Edit Exhibit panel to provide relevant details about the Event.
Normal show up in the posts don’t require any extra instruction although I do suggest setting a Post Thumbnail for everything.
To use the new Flickr image feature, you need to first have a working Flickr account. After you’ve created an account and added a few image sets, you can start setting up the Flickr API to work with High Art using the instructions below. (screenshot)
Note: When specifying your username, it must be the username found in your Flickr URL (eg. http://flickr.com/photos/username). This is not necessarily your Flickr username you use to login.
After you do that, on any Exhibit Edit screen you should see a drop down where you can select your Photo Sets directly from Flickr. (screenshot)
To add video to an Exhibit, simply add a video URL to the Video URL option in the Exhibit Info section. This feature uses oEmbed which means you simply need to provide a link to a video. Normal embed codes (object, embed, etc) will not work.
The best way to add video to posts or events is to use the
For example, an embed shortcode for this Vimeo video would look like this:
Please make sure to always upload images that are at least 925px wide to ensure proper formatting. High Art & WordPress will then, automatically create any additional custom image sizes automatically for use in the theme. These sizes are automatically set when you activate High Art for the first time. For your reference, here are the sizes:
Please note that these settings only effect the images that you upload after you activate High Art. I strongly suggest installing the Regenerate Thumbnails plugin by Viper007Bond, which regenerates all the image sizes in your blog so that they fit the dimensions of the High Art grids and display areas. Here’s some more information about image sizes in WordPress.
Your top navigation menu(s) are controlled from your WordPress dashboard. Navigate to Appearance → Menus and create a new menu using the drag and drop functionality. More info.
High Art comes with 5 Page Templates which allow you to display different types of content. To use the templates, Create a new Page, navigate to the page Attributes Panel and select one of the templates from the Templates drop down menu.
There are two sidebars included with High Art. These sidebars can be edited under Appearance → Widgets in the admin. Here’s a list of the available sidebars.
High Art comes with one shortcode.
[pullquote float="left" cite="Author"]This is the quote text.[/pullquote]
There are a number of Theme Options that allow you to add a personal touch to High Art. These options can be found at Appearance > Theme Options in the back-end.
As an additional feature, High Art comes with a grid overlay script that is really convenient for testing image alignment. Whenever an Admin or Editor user is logged in, they can use the Key combination: ALT + SHIFT + G to toggle the High Art layout grid from any front end page.
High Art has a few plugins that are baked in to make a few things easier. If you already have any these plugins installed and activated the installed versions will override the baked-in versions.
Please allow up to 24hrs to receive your theme download link. In most cases, the download link is delivered immediately meaning you’ll probably just need to check your spam folder for the download link email. In some cases, you’ll need to make sure the email address associated with your PayPal account is up to date and active. As a precaution, please add firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com to your email contacts to ensure that you receive all future updates in your inbox.
The first thing you’ll need to do is save a copy of the current theme folder running on your server to your local desktop as a backup. Next, for users upgrading from any older version of High Art, simply use FTP to replace the theme files on your server. I do NOT recommend using the built in WP theme uploader.
Due to the nature of the product, I am unable to process refunds. High Art is a digital product which means there is no way for you to return it to me, unused. There is also no way for you to guarantee that you won’t use the product after receiving a refund, which isn’t fair. Please be sure you understand what you are buying before purchasing this theme.
If you are having problems with the theme, please make sure that you have followed all instructions down to the smallest detail and be sure you are using the latest version of WordPress. Please do not email me directly with theme support questions.
Instead, visit my Get Satisfaction Forum or ask a question using the form below. The forum is great for discussing issues publicly amongst other users. Feel free to post questions of any kind there. That way others in the community can both provide and benefit from the solutions found in the forum. I personally will only be responding to bug/error reports, but anyone else is welcome and encouraged to provide solutions there as well.
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Child themes are the simplest way to make future proof changes to High Art. High Art actually comes with a sample child theme to help you get started.
High Art is distributed AS IS. fthrwght and Allan Cole will not be offering support for customization help through this site. If you’d like to change something about the theme you’ll have to hire a third party or make the changes on your own. Please do not email me directly with theme customization related questions.
As an alternative, you can check out WPQuestions.com which is a problem-solving community for WordPress, ideal for users seeking quick, succinct answers they can't find in any WordPress forums. I’d recommend running your most pressing High Art questions by the experts at WPQuestions.com
All sample images are from a wide variety of sources. Please contact me if you would like me to remove any work found here or in the demos.
Much appreciation goes out to Devin Says. Without his Option Framework script, there probably wouldn’t be an Theme Options panel. I also need to mention The Theme Foundry. There would be no Flickr integration without their extremely clever code.
High Art is distributed AS IS. fthrwght and Allan Cole will not be offering support or customization help through this site. Please make sure that you have followed all instructions down to the smallest detail and be sure you are using the latest version of WordPress.
WPQuestions is a problem-solving community for WordPress, ideal for users seeking quick, succinct answers they can't find in any WordPress forums. I’d recommend running your most pressing High Art questions by the experts at WPQuestions.com
The Themeshaper Support Forums is also a great place to find information about using and tweaking child themes within this framework. The WordPress Support Forums is another great resource for everything related to WP and theming — I am sure you will find answers to almost all of your questions using these three resources.
My Get Satisfaction Support Page is a great space to discuss issues publicly amongst other users. Feel free to post questions of any kind here. I will only be responding to bug/error reports, but anyone is welcome to offer help and support.
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