The Best Premium Tumblr Themes

As Tumblr becomes increasingly popular, more Tumblr users will be looking for ways to make their blog unique. As with WordPress, there is a huge selection of free themes, except the really outstanding ones generally come at a price. Premium WordPress themes took off a few years ago and still offer a huge market. Premium Tumblr themes are currently quite limited, which means there is a lot of untapped potential in this niche.

Awhile ago we took a quick look at twelve top Tumblr themes and today we’ll take a quick look at eight premium, top notch themes for those of you looking for something a little more unique and custom. If you’re a Tumblr theme developer, there’s a special message at the end just for you. ;-)

Vintage Scrapbook

Vintage Scrapbook

Vintage Scrapbook

By PixelUnion, “Vintage Scrapbook is a whimsical, highly detailed theme inspired by the colours, styles, and textures found in old documents.”

Helvetica

Helvetica

Helvetica

By PixelUnion, “This is a bright, clear, informative theme that allows you clearly display your content while also promoting yourself in other social networks.”

Future

Future

Future

By PixelUnion, “This is a slick theme that takes advantage of many cool effects and CSS animations, works well on narrow screens, and has a fixed top bar.”

Slider

Slider

Slider

From Obox, Slider is a clean and minimal theme spiced up with jQuery and a side scrolling layout with basic navigation and v-card elements included in the sidebar to tie things together.

Slider.Press

Slider.Press

Slider.Press

From Obox, Slider.Press has the same layout and jQuery effects as its brother, Slider (above), but with a lighter style and typography more fitting for the term “Press”.

Micro.Press

Micro.Press

Micro.Press

From Obox, Micro.Press is another minimalistic theme with classy typographic styling and narrow width.

Hash Two

Hash Two

Hash Two

From Obox, Hash Two is a more colorful and playful version of Micro.Press (above) with a dark background giving it a high contrast feel.

Smoke & Tumble

Smoke & Tumble

Smoke & Tumble

Smoke & Tumble keeps the high contrast feel of Hash Two (above) but changes up the typography for a more classy and centered experience.

Tumblr Growth For Theme Developers

As you can see, Tumblr has more than tripled their traffic over the last year. Yet, the premium theme market for this niche is still incredibly limited. For theme designers and developers interested in providing unique, custom and creative themes, it’s a great time to get into the market.

Tumblr Unique Visitor Growth

Tumblr Unique Visitor Growth

While that’s exciting and all, you might be wondering where or how you would even go about selling your premium creations or even if people will buy them. For those of you familiar with ThemeForest, you already know the answer.

ThemeForest

ThemeForest

If you’re not familiar with ThemeForest, it’s simply the fastest and easiest way to market and sell your theme creations. If you’re wondering whether or not your items will actually sell there, just check out the Popular Files and see for yourself. ;-)


  • Daan

    So that’s why you tweeted for these themes ;)

    • http://jremick.com Jarel Remick

      :-)

  • Tari Akpodiete

    i’d love to see a similar article for posterous themes. and also a real tutorial on how to make them; basically something way better than the explanation on over on their site. something detailed, step-by-step to follow along and then go further.

    and yes, i know tumblr themes can be ported over, but not perfectly as there’s always seems to be problems, and it all ends up looking/working like a dog’s breakfast.

    thanks!

    • http://www.obox-design.com David Perel

      Tari the Obox Micro themes include a Posterous version of the theme in the package ;)

  • http://siteeditor.net Tristan Gerard

    Thanks for list! I bookmarked your blog. Thanks..

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  • http://www.gamesgoat.com John Gamings

    Interesting. These look like they could be helpful for those who use Tumblr. I’m curious though as to what the advantage of Tumblr is over sites like Twitter or Facebook? Personally I dont use Tumblr cause its simply not popular enough

  • carlos querra

    Does someone know where to submit premium themes to be on sale on the tumblr premium section?

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