Photogenic is Waterfall enabled

Live demo

We've published a live demo of Photogenic. If you're interested to see how this demo website was built or you want to use it as the foundation for your new website, you're welcome to download the actual RapidWeaver 6 project file.

Theme details

Theme name: Photogenic
Current version: 3.1
Last updated: 29th January 2015
First released: 19th December 2010
Compatibility: RapidWeaver 5 & 6
Responsive: Yes
Doctype: Valid HTML5
Font Awesome version: 4.3.0
Bootstrap version: 3.3.2
Usage agreement: Click for details
Example website: View online
Download example website: Click hereThis link will download the same RapidWeaver sandwich file we used for the example website. It may give you a good illustration of how the example website was created and a useful template to start building with.

Support links

10 minute theme quickstart guide
ThemeFlood Wiki
One-to-one technical support RapidWeaver Classroom RapidWeaver Community Forums


Bootstrap code snippets
ExtraContent stack & snippet pack
FreeStyle banner stack


* This price includes any applicable VAT, if you're buying from Europe.


A stunning, distinctive and highly customisable RapidWeaver theme with a minimalist taste. Photogenic started as a free RapidWeaver theme called Natural World. Many feature requests were put forward and so the theme was further developed into a full, premium theme for RapidWeaver. No compromises have been made during the development of this theme, and Photogenic boasts a comprehensive list of professional features, some of which have not been seen in a RapidWeaver theme before.


Photogenic supports unlimited stretched body background images. To setup these backgrounds, simply put your images in ExtraContent1 or use the FreeStyle technique:

<div id="fs"><img src="%pathto(images/editable_images/5.jpg)%" alt="Image" /></div>

To help you get started, Photogenic includes 46 example background images. You can either use these images or bring-along your own custom images to use in the theme. The Background Placement group of theme style settings let you change how the background images are positioned and scaled on the page. Options are also provided to apply background overlays, which act like filters and help tone-down brighter images.


Photogenic uses a drop-down menu. Most aspects of the menu styling can be customised using the theme style settings. This theme is using the same animated drop-down menu plugin found in other themes like Flood, Haze and Media.

Toggle navigation settings allow you to hide the conventional drop-down menu on smaller screens (like smartphones) and display a simplified toggle navigation layout instead. This avoids breakage of the menu on smaller screens and gives end users a more convenient method to navigate your completed website.

Container & Sidebar

This region of the page is formed using a simple block container. Background colour and opacity of the theme header, sidebar and content container can be modified in the theme style settings. All the normal font style and colour settings you would expect to find in ThemeFlood themes are present in Photogenic. The sidebar container can be floated either right or left, and is available in a choice of different widths to suit your content. A unique feature of the Photogenic theme is the ability to float the entire central content container either left or right, and specify a width in percent.


Despite Photogenic looking like a complicated RapidWeaver theme, it performs remarkably well across a wide range of different devices and screen sizes. This theme displays content beautifully on large, cinematic monitors. On mobile devices, the layout reforms to a simple stacked layout. Everything you need to build a cross-device-compatible website is there. Photogenic helps you develop websites that work on multiple devices; avoiding the complex and often time consuming task of building multiple websites for different devices to view.

Pro features

For semi-expert RapidWeaver users, Photogenic provides a treasure-trove of options to take your design skills to the next level. To start with, Photogenic incorporates complete support for the entire Twitter Bootstrap Toolkit. This instantly empowers you and opens up vast avenues to incorporate various embellishments and page functionality. Have a look through the Bootstrap website to see what's feasible, and then download the free Bootstrap snippets pack, to use in RapidWeaver. Photogenic also incorporates the complete Font Awesome pack of icons, so you can spice-up your page designs with simple vector icons.


Photogenic has always been a strong RapidWeaver theme to work with. The simple two-column layout means the theme works reliably on all modern web browsers from IE7 upwards. Cosmetic embellishments like shadows and rounded corners render lightning-fast on newer web browsers (without the need for complicated Javascript code) and degrade safely on older versions of IE, where they're unlikely to be missed.

Learn more

A free demo version of the theme is available for you to download using the button at the top right. This lets you install the theme in RapidWeaver and test it against real content, play around with all the different settings, throw the theme against different page styles and demonstrate the theme to clients. In the demo version, links between pages are disabled and some graphics may be watermarked. The theme is backed by expert customer support (you'll normally get an email response within 12 hours) and I can provide assistance with customising the theme, setup of stetted background images and testing of your completed website in different web browsers and handheld devices.


The free demo version of Photogenic can be downloaded using this link. You can install the theme in RapidWeaver 5.4 or RapidWeaver 6 to experiment with the theme, explore all the settings provided and test it against real content and plugins. There is no time limit imposed on the demo version, but page navigation links are disabled in the demo version. Watermarks may appear periodically in parts of the page (like the banner or footer). Purchasing Photogenic using the button towards the top of this page provides you with a licensed copy of Photogenic; without any demo restrictions applied.

Clicking the banner at the top of this page or this link will take you to a sample website published using Photogenic. This may give you a better insight into how this theme looks and responds. If you're interested to see how the demo website was built, the same project file can be downloaded here and opened in RapidWeaver, on your computer. Some people find this very useful to use.

Photogenic is currently supplied with a 15% discount code for the latest version of WeaverPix. The theme also includes free usage of the FreeStyle banner stack, which normally retails at £10.00 GBP. If you require help with purchasing Photogenic, please click onto the support page and click the 'purchasing help' tab for more information. Likewise if you have any other questions about Photogenic, please don't hesitate to ask.

* Purchases of Photogenic includes any applicable VAT payable. EU customers are legally required to pay VAT on digital downloads and electronic services. A full VAT invoice will be provided, so that you may claim-back any tax paid (if you're VAT registered or a charity / non-profit organisation exempt from paying VAT).

Free theme updates

Updates for the Photogenic RapidWeaver theme are free for all existing users. Theme updates are periodically released to introduce new features and maintain compatibility with the latest RapidWeaver addons and web browsers. You can tell if an update is available for Photogenic, by comparing the number shown next to the theme name in the RapidWeaver theme panel, compared with the version number shown on this page. Generally theme updates are not sent out automatically, because previously it was found many of the emails went missing in junk or spam mail filters. Instead you're invited to check for Photogenic updates yourself, and download them at a time convenient to you.

Updating using Waterfall

Waterfall is a small plugin for RapidWeaver 5 & 6, available to purchase from the Nimblehost website. Once installed and added to a project, Waterfall will check the version number of Photogenic, against the version number shown on this website. Waterfall can download and install the latest version of Photogenic; which will be ready the next time you restart RapidWeaver. Older versions of Photogenic will be moved into the /Waterfall/Backups/ folder, in your RapidWeaver addons folder.

Please note that Waterfall update checking only works on themes installed after 10th January 2015. Free demo versions of Photogenic and copies of Photogenic installed before 10th January 2015 will not check for updates automatically. Waterfall will only update original themes; those which you have previously duplicated and renamed for modification will not be updated.

Updating using your Paddle locker

If you obtained Photogenic on or after 10th January 2015, you were invited to provide your email address and a password during the checkout process. With these login credentials, you can access your Paddle Locker. Paddle is the payment and shopping cart provider used on the ThemeFlood and Stacks4Stacks websites. Once you're logged into your secure locker, you can easily re-download Photogenic again. The download link always points to the latest version of the theme. You can change your email address or password at any time in your Paddle Locker too.

Updating manually

If you obtained your copy of Photogenic before 10th January 2015, you may need to be issued with a new download link. E-Junkie download links no longer work. Please get in contact via email and provide details of the theme update you want and provide proof of purchase. Proof of purchase can comprise of your invoice or receipt; or alternatively the name and email address of the purchaser. If no proof of purchase can be located, please purchase the latest version of Photogenic from this website.

Theme compatibility

Photogenic has been diligently developed to work reliably with all major web browsers; ensuring your completed website will look and function to a high standard. Because Photogenic is responsive, you can expect it to work well on screens of various shapes and sizes. In particular, you can expect Photogenic to work well in the following web browsers, which we've tested the theme with:

  • Internet Explorer 9
  • Internet Explorer 10
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Safari 8
  • Chrome 40
  • Firefox 35
  • Opera 27
  • Maxthon 4.4
  • TorBrowser 4.0

Photogenic has been tested on various popular handheld devices, including a mixture of Apple and Android tablets, iPods and smartphones. Particular attention was paid towards how easy it is for users of these touch devices to navigate websites published using Photogenic. You should find pages published using Photogenic load quickly and consume less bandwidth, compared with many competing RapidWeaver themes.

Some scripts used by Photogenic are 'dual-called'. Using the example of jQuery, some special markup is used in Photogenic to determine what browser or version is viewing the webpage. We can then intelligently ensure the web browser is served the most compatible and optimised version of the script possible.

As always, final compatibility of completed webpages published with Photogenic boils-down to several other important factors. The format of content or the type of addons used to build a page can have a significant impact on compatibility (for example, some web browsers do not support embedded video or sound files in particular formats or presentation). Additionally the web server hosting the website can also sometimes impact the compatibility of completed web pages. Likewise there may be occasions when plugins or extensions installed in a web browser cause issues; such as blocking social networking icons from displaying or blocking links from opening in new windows. As always, we invite you to download a free demo version of Photogenic yourself; enabling you to run more detailed tests against specific content types or addons. We're happy to browser test completed websites published using Photogenic at no extra cost.

This is your space! We would love to hear any feedback you have about Photogenic; including general questions, feature requests, things you think should be improved or reviews. We would also greatly welcome any links to websites you've built using Photogenic and we'll provide you with coupon codes towards the purchase of future themes and stacks (please contact us after submitting your link).

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