Templates are pre-arranged patterns that you can fill in to make a set. Just load up a template into the Polyvore editor and try dragging items into the placeholders. Templates can suggest themes (e.g. Christmas), pose a question (e.g. What would you wear for a zombie apocalypse?), or provide a guide for a tricky set layout (e.g. mosaics). For example, here's a template that features Polaroids:
Templates help our newer members get the hang of making sets. Polyvore is a vibrant community of creative minds. In fact, some of you are so talented and artistic that it can be intimidating to our newer members! We hope templates make it easier for our newer members to learn how to make great set layouts. And we're very grateful to all our experienced members who help nurture the newbies by sharing tips & tricks (and now templates!)
Templates make it easier and faster to create sets. We noticed that many of our members who are bloggers and tipsters have a signature set style. Lately many members have also been making cutout-style sets using the custom background tool. By templatizing your set layouts, you can save time and make more sets more quickly.
Templates let you create fun themes and share them with each other. Another way to use templates is to pose challenges and questions to other members. For example, you could ask people to pick their top 10 wardrobe staples, create a holiday wishlist, style a particular item of your choice, or fill out a Mad Libs style template.
Making a template is simple. Just click on the arrow next to the 'Create' link at the top of your page and select 'a template.' Once you're in the editor, click on the 'Add Placeholder' button. Add in as many placeholders as you'd like and then click 'Publish template.' Once it's published, people can create sets based off of your template. Soon we'll be adding a gallery of templates for people to easily browse through the best ones.
The Polyvore community continues to amaze us everyday! If there's one thing we've learned over the last 3.5 years of launching new features on Polyvore, it's that you guys are much more creative than us. We know you'll think of a million unexpected ways to use templates and can't wait to see what you come up with.
As always, we'd love to hear your feedback, so just leave a comment here on the blog.
The Polyvore Team
P.S. Here are some great example templates and sets based on templates:
Templates to try out
4 items set
Get the look
Polaroids in the morning
How to survive the zombie apocalypse
Elements of Style