The Lab Photospace – Free WordPress Theme


Powerful gallery for photographers or designers, featuring an easy to use jQuery gallery.

Photospace – Free WordPress Theme

PHOTOSPACE is a powerful gallery theme for photographers or designers, featuring an easy to use jQuery gallery. Adding images to the gallery is a breeze, with great pagination and keyboard control.

The PHOTOSPACE theme is very flexible and easy for developers to customise, coming in two colour variations. Turn on the category dropdown selector to manage hundreds of photos, as well as lots more options in the control panel. The theme is widget ready with three page templates, each with its own column to add widgets, and two footer selections.

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Dean Oakley

Written by Dean Oakley

Dean founded Thrive Digital in 2006 and has worked in the design and development space ever since. He received 1st Class Honours in a Bachelor of IT and oversees all technical aspects of our projects.

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campuscodi says:

Just what I was looking for.
But I’ll need to make myself a white-gray style.

Hendrik says:

hi dean,

thanks for your wonderful wp theme. its really awesome.
unfortunately i have a little problem with them and i cant find whats the failure.
i installed the theme and i followed every step from your install guide.

everything is fine, but the gallery doesnt work.
i cant see any picture.

when i post the picture under the category blog, than i can see the picture.

can you tell me whats the reason for that?
maybe my settings in the theme options are wrong?
i dont know… :-(

the link to my page:

thanks for your help

Dean says:

Hi Hendrik

Glad you like it! It doesn’t look like you have added any portfolio posts. On the settings page you must have your category ID’s set incorrectly. Email me your login details and I will take a look.

Does this theme support image captions, same as your new Photospace plugin.

*I know I should just take the time to install and find out. Apologies for the silly comment.

Dean says:

Hi Oliver

Sorry not at this stage but I will add it in the next version.

owen says:

great looking theme. Installed and followed directions, but cant get more than 1 image to appear in the gallery and portfolio sub-categories are not showing. I get a drop down that says “no categories”
any ideas?

Dean says:

Hi Owen

Can you email me login details and I’ll take a look :)

owen says:

that would be great, where should i email to? the contact email for this site?

Dean says:

Yes or :)

sosa says:

hi dean.

as mentioned in numerous comments, this is a beautiful theme, and, after searching for a long time, i’m so glad i found you. owen commented, “cant get more than 1 image to appear in the gallery and portfolio sub-categories are not showing. I get a drop down that says “no categories.” you replied that you would take a look at his page, and, as that’s also happening to me, i wonder if you could publish the result. also, all the gallery image thumbs [extra large thumbs] are appearing in columns below.

as i read the comments, it seems like maybe there’s supposed to be only one image in each post for them to appear in the gallery [in order to be able to grab the link url in the image upload screen]…is this the case?

thanks again for a lovely and elegant gallery theme.

Dean says:

Hi Sosa

Nice custom design! Can you email me your login details and I’ll a have a look.

Dean says:

You don’t need to insert gallery into the page or create any sub pages. The drop down is created by the categories. Add some more images and see how it goes. Also the hover change needs to be taken out as it doesn’t work well.

sosa says:

thanks a lot for being available! i’m confused…i uploaded over 50 images, do i need to create a new post for each one? what if i want them all in the same portfolio?

thanks again!

Dean says:

Yes a new post for each one if you are using the main gallery in the theme.

Dean says:

Looks like I missed a clear div. In category.php in the theme line 33 add

{code type=html}


sosa says:

thanks dean! i so appreciate your quick responses — NO ONE else does that!

last thing; is there a way to have multi-line captions? i looked in the source code and there’s a div below the image-caption with class “image-desc”; i tried putting a description in the image details, but it’s not appearing there — where is that pulling from?

Dean says:

That is from the main content box.

sosa says:

hi dean,

still love your theme! :-)
just wondering if you can have 2 separated galleries with this theme — i want a separate gallery for specific clients that is private or password protected. i tried to add a private page with the gallery template, but i’m only seeing the same gallery that is in use for the whole site.

if it doesn’t allow 2 galleries at once, would i be able to use the photospace plugin with the photospace theme?

thanks a lot!

Dean says:

Hi Sasa

Yes you should be able to use the Photospace plugin with the theme.

You can password protect a page or a post. You can have the gallery multiple times using multiple poses.

Hope that helps.

sosa says:

thanks dean! appreciate your help.

Iván says:


I’ve just installed this theme and at the begining it worked fine, but then i realized that you used fancy box plugin in your blog seccion. That is pretty cool, so i tried it.

But after fancy box installation, the gallery has broken and i have no idea to fix it. Then, I delete the plugin, but the gallery is still broken. Any suggestion?

Here is my broken :_( home page:

Thanks in advance!

Iván says:

Oh, i’ve just fixed it installing the photospace plugin. I dont know if it’s the proper solution, but it works!

Dean says:

Hi Iván

Good to hear! I need to update the theme. I think it has to do with the way jQuery is included and it’s using and older version. Check back in a few weeks!

Iván says:

Yeap, i fixed that, but now i’ve got another problem.

Fancy box is working on the thumbnails of home page. When you click on one of them, a black window pops up. Seems like fancybox and photospace are mixed.

I would like my site looks like your demo page: the home page with your photospace gallery and blog post with fancybox gallery. Is there any way for me to get it? How could i do it?


Dean says:

Have you tried using photospace in the blog? I’m not sure fancy box will work until I make the update, sorry.

Iván says:

ok, i’ll try that! ;)

Dean says:

There is a new version up now!

Iván says:

ok, i’ll check it out! Thanks!

Thomas says:

I have a problem adding subcategories when i checked the box for porfolio dropdown ? I tried to do everything after installsheme photospace documentation.. nothing happens :)
and im new to wordpress

// Best regards Thomas

Dean says:

Hi Thomas

Please send me your login details and I will have a look :)

Birdie says:

Is there anyway to have the image title displayed on the home page? Also is it possible to add a lightbox overlay with either caption or post text?

Dean says:

Hi Birdie

Sorry not yet. I will add it in the next version!

Apple lucky says:

is the demo link working ?
could you please show me the demo of this beautiful theme :) ?


Dean says:

Sorry it should be working again now!

Amie says:

HI have followed all you instructions, my gallery is working but when I click on an image I get a big rectangle with the word ‘null’ on it.
Can you help??


Dean says:

Hi Amie

If you can send me a link I will take a look!

maxfinis says:

Dean, what a stunningly beautiful theme. Thank you for sharing. I read above that you mentioned that photo captioning is coming in your next version. Any idea when that would be?

Dean says:

Thanks Maxfinis. I will try to do it this week :)

maxfinis says:

Thank you! Although I really hate to clutter up such a clean layout, captioning would be a functional need.

Dean says:

There is a new version with captions :)

maxfinis says:

Very impressive. Even the captions are beautiful. I like how the color, font, and position are elegant and unobtrusive. Thank you so much for adding that.

bishop says:

Hi Dean! beautiful theme! I really like!
I write you because I have a problem when I want to create subcategories for my blog in localhost;
I create a sub-category which has as its parent’s portfolio, in the menu “dropdown selector” I see, so far so good;
when I create a post, I do the same as those for the portfolio category:
new post, add image in post and add a custom field with the name gallery and the image URL.
change category and subcategory with portfolio ….

when I see the portfolio page, the new post image is in the portfolio category no in sub-categpry; If I try to enter in subcategory i see a withe page with nothing..

help me to solve this problem please

Dean says:

I’m not sure what you mean I would have to see the site.

bishop says:

Hi Dean!
isn’t online, is in problem is in sub-category, when add the post in subcategory (portfolio’s parent), he is not in the subcategory which I had published but it appears in the portfolio category

Dean says:

It’s not in both? Does the category drop down get created?

bishop says:

the portfolio dropdown selector is ok, sub-category Appears, But The image is only in the portfolio category, and if I click on the subcategory, takes me to a blank page

Dean says:

Hmm not sure. I would need to login and have a look.

bishop says:

ok, the blog will be online soon I’ll give you login

Jesica says:

Hi Dean,

I really love this theme. I think it has everything I need but I am running into an issue.

I posted a slideshow/gallery to the portfolio. I have all of my sub categories already set up so I clicked on a sub category for the post as well as portfolio. The post works when I click on “view post” after but there is no way to find it from the page because I have no subcategories listed under my portfolio drop down.

I followed the instructions step by step (thank you for that) but I cannot figure out what I’m doing wrong.

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.

Jesica says:

I am also having trouble locating how to change the logo and how to make the slideshow wider. I would like the slideshow for each category to fill the screen like yours does above with the thumbnails on the bottom preferably as I have seen in samples.

I’d be forever indebted to you if you could help me out in any way with these things.

Thanks again!

Dean says:

Hi Jesica. Please send me a login and I will get it started for you.

Jesica says:

Thank you so much. I will email that to you right now.

fred says:

Good morning,

I followed installation instructions. Under Portfolio dropdown I get broken picture link icons. Source looks like:

Thank you!

fred says:

Sorry about my last post. Let’s see if this works to post code:

guillaume says:

Hi dean!
really good work ! i use your gallery since two weeks and it really work great, but i still have a “mystery question” that i don’t understand.
mmmmmh, little difficult to describe, i don’t understand how category.php & page-gallery.php works.

i changed the name of page-gallery.php many times to make different version, not in the same folder, and now, my only version who is working is a “page-dddgallery.php”, if i change it to page-gallery or something else i got nothing.

it was not a big issue, in local, but now on a server, my gallery takes category.php (main gall template) and not respond to my “page-dddgallery.php” ?

do you have any solution, sorry, weird question i have.
thank you.

Dean says:

Hmm sounds strange can you send me a link?

guillaume says:

thanks for the quick reply! , i’ll send you a link, but for instant, i make my structure with category.php, it works.

Hi Dean,

I’ve installed the plugin, but all I get is the preloader. The images have been optimised for the web, so that shouldn’t be the issue.


Dean says:

Hi Barry. Please send me a link.

Hi Dean,

What can I say? The new version works perfectly. Thank you! I just have to give it a few tweaks to look great.

Kind regards,


Sam says:

Is there anyway to change the picture thumbnails to just plain text links?



Dean says:

Nothing built into the plugin sorry.

Dean, you rock! I do have a problem though. It’s the same as Fred’s problem.
I can see broken thumbnails off to the right and the little loading wheel is spinning.
I did resize the images in Lightroom before I uploaded them, but i didn’t think that would be a problem. You said “The theme will do the resizing.” Could that be where the hangup is?
I’ll email you my login info.

I may have gotten it to work by uploading a bigger file (the origional 5mb file). I’ll update you as soon as I make sure it all works.

The thumbs are now showing, but the main image is struggling.
Want to take a look for me?

Dean says:

Thanks :) See my reply to Pompom

Blake Campbell says:


Marina Balan says:

Hi Dean!
How could I add my own item to admin menu in header?

Dean says:

Add a new page? Or link to another site?

Marina Balan says:

I mean item with other link.

As the theme includes the text from the pages under the images, is it possible to also include plugins like (or rather specifically) the Audio Player ?

This is the direct link to the picture’s page (the picture not showing for good reasons, but the player is):

This is the page within the frameset, It’s the very first one as the text below shows:

Scripting seems to be blocked. Reading the source, I can see that the script remains in the code. Is there a way to activate it?

Regards again,


Dean says:

Hi Pompom

You may be able to get the audio player working but you would need to edit the code.

I’m not doing any more work on this version of the theme so I can’t help you much sorry.


No worries. The work you are putting into this is impressive enough as it is. I am looking forward to the next version.

Glen Taylor says:

Hey Dean, I love the theme and everything works fine except for one thing….

Posts I make in the Blog category also end up in the Main Gallery of the Home page. I want the Portfolio and Blog posts to be separate. Is that possible? Item #1 below is filed under the blog category but you see it ends up on the Home Page….


Dean says:

Hi Glen

Are you sure you have your category ID’s set right? It should be just a number. Otherwise email me your login and I will take a quick look.

Jenny says:

Hi there,

What version of wordpress is this compatible with? Thanks!

Dean says:

2.7 and newer

Milan Kuchta says:

Hi Dean.
I started using your superb theme but I have a problem.
Pictures can´t show up – only icon of broken image.
Could this be by a permissions?I set it to 775.
Can you help me?Thank you very much

Milan Kuchta says:

Yeah I do that according your manual (Click on copy URL below image select) then insert to post (I can see photo in editation field) and then put to custom field – gallery.
Can you look on int I will send you username and login
Thanks in advance

Dean says:

It’s case sensitive so Gallery wont work. Use gallery

Milan Kuchta says:

ooh such small mistake:) thank you.
I want use my image as logo.png to show on top of web but there is also broken icon only displayed. It´s 70px high and I tried transparent and white background but nothing.Can you help? thank you very much

Milan Kuchta says:

My fault (ther is separate folder for black color theme)
Is there possibility ty show more then three columns in gallery?

sara says:

after i downloaded the file and tried to upload it to the themes installer, it tells me that the install failed bc it is missing the style.css sheet. Am i doing something wrong?

Dean says:

Hi Sara. Maybe try to upload the theme via FTP.

Axel-Ange says:

Hi dean !
Yes i know, I come a long time after them, but your template is exactly what I need. I got problems, it doesn’t work, got no gallery, but im sure, had follow your explications step by step.

If you have time, could you just have a look ? Thanks.

¨PS: Sorry for my english, i’m french.

Dean says:

Can you post a link?

At this time it seems like WordPress is the preferred blogging platform available right now.

(from what I’ve read) Is that what you’re using on your blog?

Anup says:

hi Dean,

loved your plugin.
Now, i just wanna know, if i can change the position of “caption and description” to right of the image instead of showing under the image?
could you help me on this?

thanks! :)

mimelaine says:

Hi Dean,
great plugin, just a question.
I put the custom field name “link” and the value with the complete URL… but link doesn’t work… help please!

Dean says:

Are you talking about Bannerspace?

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Steve Barker says:


The photospace gallery has been live for over a year now BUT I still cannot work out why only one row of thumbnails is showing below the large image. I want to show dozens of images and I expected to see several rows of thumbnails.

Any ideas?


Dean says:

Hi Steve. Did you set this up? You have a custom layout and you need to adjust the layout with CSS. See the .thumbs_wrap2 div. You could try to add this to your theme css.

. thumbs_wrap2{
height: 150px !important;
bottom: -150px !important;

Steve Barker says:

Thanks for that Dean.

I now see 2 rows but as you can see, the formatting and thumbnail sizes are a bit screwy. How can I fix these issues?


Dean says:

Have you tried to rebuild your thumbnails?

james says:

Good work Keep it up.