Oversized WordPress Photography Theme

Oversized is a free WordPress theme for photographers that uses a full-size background image for a dramatic effect. The full-screen image slideshow is perfect for showing off your best work.

Theme features include:

  • Customizable jQuery full-screen slideshow
  • Portfolio page template
  • Upload photos and create your own custom galleries
  • Upload your own logo, or just display the site title in text

Oversized WordPress Photography Theme

Oversized is perfect for allowing your photos to speak for your quality of work. With the high-resolution background slideshow your visitors won’t be able to miss your best photos. You can choose the transition effect for the slideshow. You can also create as many custom photo galleries as you like, and all of the photos in those galleries will be shown on your portfolio page.

Documentation for the theme is available here.

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  • Andy, October 1, 2013

    I love this theme because it is so similar to what I designed for my web site. I am having difficultly with creating menu links to the galleries, per your example on the other page. I have a few galleries created, albeit with 1 picture in each, but they are not showing up in the menu editor. I am running WP 3.6.1. I’ve gone through your tutorial but can’t figure out what I’ve been missing.

  • Alan Lim, September 3, 2013

    I can’t find the slideshow option in my wp-admin.

    Is that I need plugin?

  • glm2006ITALY, August 24, 2013


    two question:

    1) it’s possible activating a comments in gallery and photo?

    2) In the page “portfolio” it’s possible not view no single photo but only galleries?

  • Darwin, August 5, 2013

    This Great themes, I was wondering how to make two or three column page? and how to use custom.css ?

  • Catalin, July 17, 2013

    Great theme. I was wondering what I can do to get videos to popup open gallery style as your gallery? The only option right now is to add photographs to a gallery and have it displayed as a page and it automatically does it. Can I use it with videos, if not, what would you recommend as a workaround?

  • Oleh, July 12, 2013

    Hi! Thanks for a great theme!

    Could you tell me whether its possible to increase images’ sizes in portfolio. (E.g. 300×230). I edited functions.php (add_image_size(‘galleries-thumb’,… ) but in this case the images appear only in 1 column. What can I do to fix it?

    Thank you!

  • Liz, June 24, 2013

    Like the Theme, but is it possible to integrate videos and flash-animations? I need them for my page (but i am tired of searching for other nice themes…)

  • Pippin, June 6, 2013

    Could you please update the theme to load jQuery correctly, and to NOT use a custom version of jQuery? It’s caused me several hours in support tickets due to jQuery conflicts.

    For your information: http://pippinsplugins.com/why-loading-your-own-jquery-is-irresponsible/

  • muscle factor x, June 5, 2013

    Hi there every one, here every one is sharing these kinds of knowledge, therefore it’s good to read this blog, and I used to go to see this webpage everyday.

  • Tony Anna, May 30, 2013

    Hi Steven,
    Congratulation for the theme.
    I was just wondering if it’s possible to add copyright information on the footer page or on the bottom of sidebar.

    Thank you!

    • Steven Snell, May 31, 2013

      Tony, you can edit the theme files to add that copyright info.

  • Eugene, May 15, 2013

    Hello Steven,

    very nice theme.
    I was just wondering if it’s possible to add more pages/section to the ones in your demo and if it’s possible to set a different background for each page.


    • Steven Snell, May 15, 2013

      Hi Eugene,
      With WordPress you can create as many pages as you want. The theme does not allow you to set different backgrounds for specific pages. If you wanted to do that you would need to customize the theme.

  • Pavel, May 14, 2013


    Can you help me please to activate widgets in this theme because I’m not a tech specialist.

    I read a lot of general information about that but don’t understand anything :)

    It’s very important for me.

    Thank you in advance.

    • Steven Snell, May 14, 2013

      This theme doesn’t use widgets. Because it uses a fixed sidebar, using widgets would not work if the widget content in the sidebar stretched below the bottom of the user’s screen.

  • bossie, May 9, 2013

    Hi, very nice theme, have a couple of friends who want to use it. When i use the nextgen plugin for picture galleries, the slideshow of nextgen refused to work. Any idea?


    • Steven Snell, May 9, 2013

      Hi Bossie,
      The theme includes its onn slideshow and gallery functionality, so it is not intended to be used with any plugins for galleries or slideshows.

  • Bec, April 29, 2013

    Hi, just wondering what the recommended size is for the full screen photos on the home page and is this theme responsive? Thanks

    • Steven Snell, April 30, 2013

      Hi Bec,
      No, it is not responsive. I would recommend a size of about 1000 – 1500 pixels in width for the photos.

  • Melike, April 29, 2013

    wonderfull theme, thank you. i wonder if we can add logo instead of site title?

  • Peggy, April 4, 2013

    Lovely theme, thank you! I need to add captions to the photographs (so they show up on the gallery page thumbnails); any possibility of getting a line of code to plunk into the stylesheet for this?

    • Steven Snell, April 5, 2013

      Hi Peggy,
      You’d have to customize the theme to do that. Our support is limited to helping people get the theme set up and working as it is intended to be used, and unfortunately we’re not able to help with customizations like this.

  • Md. Abdul Awal, March 23, 2013

    Obviously great photography. Very fantastic theme.

  • Juliet, March 18, 2013

    Very wonderful theme, I love it. Thank you.

  • Brian, March 17, 2013


    Very nice theme, but I can’t seem to adjust one thing.

    Is it possible to stop the slideshow when in the galleries section? So when you’re viewing thumbnails and lightbox images, there aren’t bigger ones still loading and sliding around in the background?

    • Steven Snell, March 18, 2013

      Hi Brian,
      You would have to customize the theme for that change.

  • klaas, March 2, 2013

    Love the theme, very basic but nice

    anyway to add social media icons like facebook, vimeo etc?

    • Steven Snell, March 4, 2013

      The theme doesn’t have any social media integration, but you could add the button code manually or use one of the many WordPress plugins for social media.

  • jorn, February 23, 2013

    I like the theme, I will try it now to check

  • Matthijs, February 22, 2013

    And another question; your “home” in the demo-site is empty; so no empty (ugly) white background when you enter the website.

    I don’t seem te be able to get that in my site; how did you do that ?

    • Steven Snell, February 22, 2013

      You need to set the home page to use the “home” template. Please refer to the theme documentation as it explains the process. For the transparency issue, that would require customizing the theme.

  • Matthijs, February 22, 2013

    He Steven,

    I think this is an awesome theme!

    I love the transparency you used and was wondering; is there a way to also use that transperancy for the background of the articles and pages (that are now white), with a different opacity maybe ?


  • ululf01, February 6, 2013

    wow that’s beautiful teme, thanks

  • Nils, December 27, 2012

    Hello Steven,
    I really like your theme and trying to help my doughter in law to set up a site. We have not much experiance of WordPress and have problem to get the tagline visible on the page.

    • Steven Snell, December 27, 2012

      Hi Nils,
      The tagline is not coded to appear anywhere on this theme. In order to include the tagline on the site you would need to edit the theme files according to wherever you want it to appear.

  • Steven Snell, December 14, 2012

    Hi Dipo,
    This theme doesn’t have any areas that are coded to use widgets. You would have to make some changes to the theme files.

  • Dipo, December 13, 2012

    Hi Steven,thanks a lot for this wonderful theme,I have come across many but fell in love with your’s the moment i saw it,however i could’t get my widget to function,they just didjnt appear,how do i go about this please?

  • Marita, November 6, 2012

    Great thanks! It really is a spectacular looking theme!

  • Steven Snell, November 6, 2012

    You can edit the “slideshow pause time” in the “slideshow options” section of the theme options. Setting a higher number there will increase the pause between slides, meaning it will move slower.

  • Marita, November 6, 2012

    Very nice theme! Is it possible to time the homepage slideshow or make it stop when browsing the other sections of the site?

  • Ivan Tonov, October 20, 2012

    Very nice photography theme…
    I have one question
    Where are the font on navigation panel how can i change it? With childe theme?What exatctly file i have to change?

    • Steven Snell, October 21, 2012

      Fonts would have be to changed in the style.css file, or with a child theme.

  • Cody Davis, August 20, 2012

    Is there any way to make the portfolio galleries full page sliders like the homepage? If so it would be awesome.

    • Steven Snell, August 21, 2012

      Not without editing the theme files.

  • Julian, August 13, 2012

    Excellent theme. Thanks.

  • adam, July 13, 2012

    Cheers for this really useful blog post with a great oversized wordpress theme. The supersized themes are extremely popular at the moment and as long as you have the quality imagery for the background your website is guaranteed to look great. The theme showcased is extremely simplistic and could work well for a number of different types of companies.

  • Julia Agnes, July 13, 2012

    awesome theme with the high usability!

  • Adem, July 12, 2012

    Wondering why there is no Tweet button on the page? It’s a great theme I’d like to share.

    • Steven Snell, July 12, 2012

      The Twitter and Facebook buttons were removed recently because they load kind of slow. It may not be a permanent change, just kind of checking to see if people even use the buttons. You can still share it on Twitter without the button, although it does take a little more work. Thanks for the feedback on both the theme and the Twitter button.

  • Koby Rennie, July 12, 2012

    Nice photography theme…
    I liked that transparency used……