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Free Shopify Themes (2022) -- My Review & a Demo


Shopify just released three new free themes and they're really, really good. And I want to talk about them.

These new free themes use Shopify's Online Store 2.0, which is their updated and upgraded online store customizer.

It has a lot of new features so if you haven't checked out Shopify in a while, you definitely want to see what's next. So let's take a tour of the themes.

The new themes: Sense, Craft and Crave.

Dawn was released last summer.

And I'm at the Shopify theme store at to see these themes.

And I can easily just add any of them to my Shopify store, right from here.

So, these themes all seem to have the same functionalities and features, it's really just the starting off point design-wise. So whichever feels the most similar to your brand.

For instance, if you're looking for something more modern, then Sense or Dawn would be a good starting point. If you're looking for something a little bit more handmade feeling, then Craft is a great starting point. And Crave is geared towards restaurants.

But any of them can be fit towards any type of brand because all of your colors and fonts and products and everything will be able to be changed.

So let's try out Sense and see what that's going to look like.

Clicking Sense and I'm going to click "Try Theme". And it's adding it to our store. We can see Sense being added to our theme library. And now it's added. So let's go to the customizer. I'm going to click Customize.

So this is what it looks like right out of the box.

We have these kind of fun yellow, orange-y gradients happening. Featured collection, talk about your brand… so all of these different sections are just our starting off point. And we don't have to keep any of them.

So, we can go and see everything that we can change over in Theme Settings -- we have all of these different color options. And I love that these gradients are built in here now and you can select your own gradient or adjust colors or add new colors. That's really a cool feature now.

And there's just a lot more choices with these new Online Store 2.0 themes that we can customize versus the old Shopify themes. So it's really exciting.

And now, just for fun, I'm going to customize Sense, creating a fictitious store. So you can see just how easy it is to create your own unique store using Shopify's themes as a starting off point. And watch it come together super fast!

Here's a time-lapse. I'm condensing about 20 minutes worth of work into a minute and a half so you can see everything come together.

I'm starting with the Theme Settings, which are the colors and the fonts and I'm trying some different options here. And I put in a new logo and configured the header a little bit differently.

And then next working my way through the actual sections on the homepage. So I just styled out the image with text section, and then adding in some other sections. I added in an image banner section to use for the hero.

I wanted to try a different look for this example with the buttons and rounded corners everywhere that's on the default Sense theme. Here I am adjusting the corner styles so that they're not rounded anymore. To have sharp corners. And then just adding in some more sections below. So we have a rich text section and then column section that I'm using for icons.

Icons are a great way to visually communicate and these are from The Noun Project. They are free to use, so definitely check that out. The other images on this website are either from or from Shopify's Burst free stock photography. Lastly I'm customizing the footer of the website.

And you can see where we started, this was the default for Sense. And then where we ended up after only about 20 minutes of customizing.

What do you think about the new Shopify themes, would you try one?