Elegant Grunge PSD

Due to popular demand, I’m making available the Elegant Grunge PSD, so that users can make modifications more easily. It can be downloaded here (5.5 Mb):

Download Elegant

A note on contacting me: Please don’t make direct contact asking about customisation, as I don’t have the resources to help you. These kind of questions should be directed to the WordPress forums. Thanks!

If you like Elegant Grunge, please consider buying one of my products.

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  1. Posted January 19, 2009 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    THANK YOU! I am just starting out with my very first website and am a bit overwhelmed, this is a big relief. I’ll be adapting this theme for my web comic, Imaginary Real World. thanks again :)

  2. Posted January 19, 2009 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    Hello Mike,

    thanks for this big gift. I really love elegant grunge, it the best wordpress theme I ever saw. Really amazing.

    Mike, is it allowed to modify this theme and share it? For free of course!


    Thanks and regards


    With this .psd I will try to change something. :)

    • Posted January 20, 2009 at 11:14 am | Permalink

      Sure, Florian, go ahead – as long as your modifications are GPL’d and freely available, it’s absolutely fine.

  3. Posted January 20, 2009 at 7:32 am | Permalink

    Hey there Michael, I’m using your template on my new blog and I wanted to ask you if you can tell me how to adjust the size of the headlines of every single post. They seem to large for my taste, but I’m quite bad at css, so maybe you can give me a hint via mail or by comment on my blog. Thanks a lot.

  4. Posted January 21, 2009 at 7:16 am | Permalink

    Amazing theme! I wonder if you ever thought doing it with two columms (actually, three)?

    • Posted January 31, 2009 at 8:23 am | Permalink

      Thanks, Ana! Well, it already includes a three-column mode (main content, then two right sidebars). Was there anything else you had in mind?

      • Posted January 31, 2009 at 8:30 am | Permalink

        what I had in mind! thanks :)

        • Posted January 31, 2009 at 8:32 am | Permalink

          Cool =) You’ll need to select ‘Double right sidebar’ for ‘Page setup’ of Elegant Grunge settings, under Appearance in WordPress Admin.

  5. Posted January 22, 2009 at 6:49 am | Permalink

    Hey…Thanks for sharing your theme. I have tried several wp themes and so far I love elegant-grunge the best. The css is very well organized and clean… makes it nice for customization. Thanks again!

  6. Posted January 23, 2009 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    hey man. I just hooked up two friends with your theme… it’s installed automatically when you install WP on any dreamhost site.


  7. Posted January 23, 2009 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    Hi Mike,

    Thanks for making this theme and also making it available to download! It’s a spectacular theme and I gave it to one of my clients who adores it!

    If you need anything at all (aussie web hosting, seo services, etc) please hit me up! – Just use the contact top right or the email in this comment.

    Keep rockin’!

    • Andrew
  8. Posted January 25, 2009 at 2:58 am | Permalink

    Hello Mike, I am an italian professional comic artist and this is the blog of one of my series, with a modified version of your theme.


    (enjoy and I’d be really happy if you posted a comment :) )

  9. Posted January 30, 2009 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    Hello Michael, thanks for your visit on my blog! I followed your suggestions, installed lightbox and downloaded the french package, but while lightbox works perfectly, the french translation doesn’t. I’ve simply moved .mo and .po files into the language folder. What’s wrong?

    • Posted January 31, 2009 at 8:31 am | Permalink

      Hi! You’ll need to put the translation files in the elegant grunge folder (wp-content/themes/elegant-grunge) – that should do the trick! Let me know how you go.

  10. Posted February 2, 2009 at 6:13 am | Permalink

    Very nice WP theme !Good work.

  11. Posted February 2, 2009 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    Hi Michael, have been using Patricia Muller’s Connections for a few years, but when moving to a new provider, there was also a WP update and i didn’t like the new Connections.. and then found your elegant grunge. it’s just great! thank you :-)

  12. Posted February 4, 2009 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    Brilliant! Thank you very much!!

  13. Posted February 5, 2009 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    With inspiration from

    • Posted February 5, 2009 at 9:50 am | Permalink

      Yes indeed, as I mention on the theme page

      • Posted February 5, 2009 at 9:53 am | Permalink

        Ahh, my bad. Sorry about that; I didn’t see that page.

        • Posted February 5, 2009 at 9:55 am | Permalink

          That’s cool! We gotta look out for other designers, way too much uncredited poaching happening these days. I had a laugh at your brand fail pic. Absolutely classic.

          • Posted February 5, 2009 at 9:58 am | Permalink

            Haha, thanks! It was sure quite the sight that morning :-P

  14. Posted February 8, 2009 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    Nice to have a psd. But I have no idea how to save my changes so that I can put them in the theme. And all the text in the psd.. What to do about it..? Any help for a newbie?

    • Posted February 12, 2009 at 10:26 am | Permalink

      Hello – You’ll need to turn off the ‘content’ layers prior to exporting, then you can pretty much export the slices, at least in theory. I’ve been selecting, copying and pasting then saving manually, because I’m a bit weird. Make sure you name the saved images the same as the originals. If you need further assistance, I suggest you seek it in the WP forums. Good luck!

  15. babel
    Posted February 9, 2009 at 12:34 am | Permalink

    Cool-looking theme man. I’m going to try to mod it to match my colors, but leave it mostly as is.

    One question: I’m on a mac and the photos in your posts have this white tab on top that covers part of the text (like in this post). Is that intentional?

    • Posted February 9, 2009 at 8:37 am | Permalink

      Hi babel; this sounds like a compatibility problem – what web browser are you using?

  16. babel
    Posted February 9, 2009 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    on a mac using 10.3.9 with firefox

    • Posted February 12, 2009 at 10:20 am | Permalink

      Ahh, yep, this is a known issue. I haven’t had time to work on it yet, I’m afraid, but I’m aware of it and have plans to fix it up.

  17. Posted February 10, 2009 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    Hey, thanks for the great theme, man!

  18. Posted February 15, 2009 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

    Excellent Theme! Thank you very much!

    Nice Work!

  19. Posted February 19, 2009 at 3:18 am | Permalink

    I am using the theme with a PNG file in the header, and I notice that when I am on a post page (ie: not a page, or list) that the header graphic disappears…

    • Posted February 19, 2009 at 4:15 am | Permalink

      Hmmm…silly me. I had not given the full url in the theme options panel. (assumed it was relative to /uploads) So, on a post, it was trying to look in /archives/ for the image but on a page it was looking in wp-content/uploads. Working now — how do i get back 1 and a half hours of my life now?