Chisel Theme Manual

Please note that this theme currently has limited support, meaning we may provide bug fixes and security updates, but are not regularly updating it. As of March 31, 2018 we will be discontinuing support completely for our WordPress and Tumblr products. Thank you for understanding.


Chisel is a minimal grid theme ready for anything. It takes your text and images alike and arranges them with perfect balance – flattering to almost any type of portfolio or blog. Chisel is friendly, lightweight, and only takes minutes to set up.

Feature Overview

  • A minimal header with optional logo and toggleable title and description.
  • Use gutters to add more white space or maximize your space with the full bleed option.
  • Smart photosets adjust your photos to a uniform width without compromising their resolution.
  • Stacked photosets expand the real estate of each of your photos.
  • Choose between pagination, click-to-load, or infinite scroll display options for your blog index.
  • Easily create links to other social media, custom pages, and set up site-tracking and commenting.

General Appearance

Starting from scratch? Take a look at our guide on how to install your Tumblr theme.


Choose a photo to upload in your customization panel and Chisel will resize your image to fit the header.

Menu Links

Chisel’s default links include Archive, Random, RSS, and Search, all of which can be turned off.

Grid Layout


By default, Chisel displays gutters between your posts and automatically adjusts the spacing to suit the size of your browser window.

However, if your content is primarily photo-based and you’d like to maximize the square footage of your site, then toggle off Use Grid Guttersto display your posts edge to edge.

Show Tags on Index Page

Chisel allows you to show or hide tags on the index page underneath your posts by toggling the Show Tags On Index option.

Zoom Photoset Hover


By default, when you hover over a photoset on the index page, it will zoom to display the second image from that set. If you would like a simple overlay without the second image, as with single photo posts, toggle off the Zoom Photoset Hover option.

Post Navigation


Chisel uses Paginated navigation with minimalist “next” and “previous” page buttons. Alternatively, you can toggle Click To Load Posts to dynamically load more posts: without reloading the browser, Chisel automatically pulls the page to the beginning of unseen content. Of course, Infinte Scroll is always an option, too.

Custom Footer Text

Use the Footer Text input to display a custom note or copyright in the footer, anchored in the left-hand corner.

Social Media Links

Chisel displays over 20 social icons that can be set up simply by inputting your username or URL. These links are displayed in the footer, anchored in the right-hand corner.

Chisel supports: Facebook, Behance, Delicious, deviantART, Digg, Dribbble, Email, Flickr, Foursquare, GitHub, Google+, Instagram,, LinkedIn, MySpace, Pinboard, Pinterest, Rdio, Skype, SoundCloud, Spotify, StumbleUpon, Svpply, Vimeo, and YouTube.

Google Analytics

Chisel comes with built-in support for Google Analytics tracking. Just create a new property for your Tumblr address and paste the tracking ID in to the GA Property ID field in your blog’s  Customization Panel .

Post and Page Settings

Photo Options


By default, all images will be displayed at their original resolution, up to a maximum of 1280 pixels wide.

For the sake of uniformity, you can change the Max Media Width to lower or raise the original maximum width. To do so, enter in the “raw” number that represents the desired maximum width in pixels (e.g., ‘600’).

Additionally, you can choose to toggle the Expand Small Images option, which stretches images to the set maximum width while maintaining their aspect ratio.



By default, photosets display on the permalink page exactly as arranged on the Tumblr dashboard. Toggling Stacked Photosets on displays your photos one-on-top-of-another in high resolution. This setting takes advantage of Vesper’s built-in “Smart” photoset layout, which automatically determines the appropriate maximum width at which your photos should display.


Chisel supports Facebook and Disqus commenting systems.

  • To setup Facebook commenting, simply input your Facebook Username and API ID and toggle ON the Facebook Comments box within the Customization Panel .
  • To enable Disqus commenting, all you have to do it supply your Disqus Shortname . If you don’t already have one, you can sign up for a free Disqus account. Once you have your unique Disqus Shortname all you need to do is pop it into the appropriate field in your blog’s Customization Panel .

Custom Pages

Chisel supports additional pages. Simply Add a page in the  Customization Panel. A link will automatically be displayed in your header’s navigation links.

Design Notes

Tumblr offers a handful Advanced settings tucked away in the customization panel (at the bottom!) that can be significant in molding your blog the way you like it.

We suggest that you toggle off the Use default mobile theme option, so your Chisel theme can be seen across all devices.

You can control how many Posts per page are displayed, which can go a long way in the presentation of your content.

World-class customer support

Our support staff is committed to helping you solve any problems you encounter along the way. Exceptional, human support matters to us a great deal.  Contact us or check our help centre if you need any help at all.