Designing your Aportfolio

Designing the visual aspects of your Aportfolio is simple and important. The look and feel of your Aportfolio represents you and it is the first thing a viewer notices about your page. Aportfolios can be minimalist or elaborate, depending on the purpose of your Aportfolio and your profession. This page is designed to help you create your own branding as well as provide links to helpful sites.

To create a beautiful and professional Aportfolio it should be: ColorfulConsistent, and Simple.


Color is great for headings, subheadings, text, or backgrounds in your Aportfolio. 


Consistency not only helps your Aportfolio look more professional, it helps your audience know what to look for and where. 


Your Aportfolio should have a sleek look. This helps viewers focus on important information. 

Design FAQ & Links

Here are some frequently asked questions we get about design.

If you are looking for design tutorials to browse, please go to our design and organize tutorial page



How do I change my directory icon?

You can see how to change your directory icon for the classic Aportfolio here and for the New Version here.

Where can I find good photos for my Aportfolio?

While we suggest using your own photos, you may need some stock photos at one point. Here are some good websites for finding high quality, creative commons photos: unsplashLittle Visuals, and New Old Stock.

Where can I find a good website for editing photos and creating graphics?

Canva is a great website for both editing photos and creating your own graphics. Not sure where to begin with Canva? They have some great graphic design exercises here! (Note you will need to create an account with Canva, however it is free.)

Just looking for a simple place to edit your photographs? Pixlr is an easy to use website that does not require you to create an account. Just upload your photos and edit away. 


How do I make/change my Header?

It is best to make your own header, rather than just uploading a picture. Making a header is simple. You can watch our tutorial here which uses canva. We also have a screen shot tutorial which uses pixlr. Once you have made your header, it's time to upload it! You can upload it under portfolio tools> settings> customize> upload header image or you can watch our tutorial. 

How do I change my background?

You can change your background under  portfolio tools> settings> customize. You can add a color to your background or you can upload an image. If you are designing your own background, it may be helpful to watch this tutorial

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