Parallax scrolling is hot right now. First popularized by Nike, the number of site’s featuring the dynamic technique has exploded.
The parallax effect, or parallax scrolling, in web design features layered images that move at different speeds, creating the illusion of depth as you scroll down the page, kind of like a faux-3D effect. Usually the background moves slower than the foreground. The technique uses scrolling to reveal new content and works similar to one-page sites where all the content is on a single page.
It’s a cool effect that can turn an otherwise boring looking website into something fun and exciting – and even a bit sexy.
The term parallax is derived from the Greek work parallaxis, meaning alteration. Nearby objects have a larger parallax than more distant objects when seen from different positions, so parallax scrolling can be used to determine distances.
I’ve put together a list of premium parallax WordPress themes – with a few free ones thrown in – that will transform your site. Check them out – you’ll be impressed.
P.S. If you’ve seen any parallex themes in your interweb travels that have impressed you, share them in the comments below.
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A responsive theme that features two color variations and is widget-ready. Parallax is visually beautiful and ideal for showing off your images.
Harmony has been designed especially for bands and musicians and includes the ability to play songs, handle events, upload photo galleries and sell merchandise. It features big background images and is easily customizable.
A single responsive and minimalist theme ideal for promoting your business. It is easily customizable and includes lots of shortcodes.
907 is a beautiful and visually eye-popping responsive theme that makes use of custom post types and offers many widget options.
Mercurial is fully-customizable and includes beautiful typographic effects and the ability to insert portfolios, skill bars, clients logos, social sharing icons, sliders, pricing tables and build up team pages. It is perfect for freelancers, businesses, events and photographers.
An awesome one-page theme that is customizable and includes more than 350 fonts and the ability to feature unlimited contents in the sidebar.
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Pulsar is fully-responsive with five parallax sections and is designed for creative types who want to make a portfolio in minutes.
A high quality and professional theme for businesses, which features three fluid AJAX animations. You can create unlimited parallax pages and add unlimited sliders and slides.
Montreal is perfect for creative agencies or freelancers keen to showcase their work. It features a fullscreen slideshow, six different portfolio versions, a great blog layout and a project planner.
Status is a modular and responsive theme suited for business or portfolio sites and includes customizable features.
A cute theme for bloggers wanting to add a personal touch to their site. Balloons is a one-column, minimalist theme with a touch of quirk.
QuickStep is a responsive one-page theme for creative portfolios with AJAX page loading, unlimited color options and sliders, along with custom page backgrounds.
A clean and fully-responsive theme with a featured slider, 10 page templates and unlimited color options.
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Designed as a modern take on the concept of corporate websites, Tokyo is a responsive theme with unlimited styles, custom layouts, shortcodes and easy translations.
A beautiful, fully-responsive and easily customizable theme perfect for a new business or an old one looking to refresh its website design.
16. Pen and Paper
Pen and Paper is a fully-responsive, one-page minimalist theme that’s great for personal sites and portfolios.
Parallax is visually stunning and ideal for creatives wanting to showcase their work. It features a fully-responsive layout, a portfolio custom post type.
A beautiful and responsive theme perfect for a creative portfolio, personal website or a designer’s profile. It is fully-customizable.
Surreal features the ability to embed video and includes a masonry portfolio, contact form and CSS3 animation.
A beautiful, simple and visually stunning theme, Kula is perfect for freelancers and creative agencies wanting to show off their work. It features beautiful typography and iconography as well as CSS3 effects.
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A single, responsive theme ideal for designers who want to promote their work. It is responsive and minimalist.
A bold design that makes good use of images, Impress is fully-customizable and includes shortcodes, sticky navigation and is responsive.
Reason is an eye-catching and stylish theme ready for mobile devices and includes shortcodes, an icon menu and an AJAX contact form.
Ego is sleek and bold with a beautiful fullscreen slider and features a blog, an AJAX portfolio and custom captions.
Camara has been designed for creatives to showcase their work and is responsive and bold.