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All Shorthand users have access to two built-in Shorthand themes, but workspaces can also set up a custom branded theme. 

Use the forms here to send us your requirements for a custom branded theme. Some subscriptions include one or more branded themes, so please check the details of your plan. Additional themes may be purchased at an additional cost (see add-ons on the plans page). 

Themes can contain more than just styling or branding. We can include Javascript, HTML and other code that you may need to appear consistently in every story e.g. tracking codes. Contact us if you have any questions.

Shorthand standard theme

All users begin with Shorthand’s standard themes.


Section Options allow you to toggle between dark/light, and if you are on a Prime plan or above we can toggle on a selection of pre-determined colours for built-in themes.

To add your own branded colours, you need a custom branded theme.

Branded themes

Branded themes are a way to apply your organisation's or publication’s typical styling to your Shorthand stories, and ensure consistency across all stories created by multiple users within the same team. You could also choose to have different themes available to different teams within your workspace.

There are a set number of customisation options within a branded theme. These include:

  • Font and weight (e.g. bold, semibold etc, not pt size) for
    • Titles
    • Subtitles
    • By lines
    • Headers
    • Captions
    • Pull-quotes
    • Linked text
    • Nav menu text


  • Set colour for
    • Header
    • Nav menu background


  • A palette selection for backgrounds and fonts (plus defaults) 


  • Logo size (standard or full header height)
  • Header behaviour (sticky or not)
  • Logo & link (e.g. that goes back to your homepage)
  • Favicon
  • Generic analytics tracking

Branded themes can be setup via the forms here. Once a branded theme has been set up, it can be re-used across future stories by all members of any team to which it is applied.

Custom work

If you require further customisation built in at a theme level, that goes beyond the items listed above, we can quote for the extra work required. Contact us for more information.