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The Clinic

Welcome to the clinic, a place to get help and constructive criticism on your projects. Here's a brief intro on what it is, written by AngryRedhead:

"Some Instructables don't get the attention that they deserve. Many times the reason boils down to presentation, and if the presentation is off in one way or another, an Instructable might flop no matter how wonderful the project is. The presentation of an Instructable requires a certain set of skills which involve story telling, technical writing, planning, and photography. Even the most experienced technical writers and photographers still benefit from an edit or an outside opinion. As an author, it's difficult to see the flaws and errors because your thoughts and experience fill the gaps that might leave readers puzzled. It happens to every author.

If you feel you have an Instructable that isn't getting the attention that it deserves and you would like some ideas on how to improve its presentation, please post a link to it! We're not here to tear it apart or to tell you that you're the most horrible, stupidester person in the whole wide world. We're here to give you ideas for improvement and hopefully get you more attention and recognition for your project ideas. Think of this like editing or proofreading which is something everyone needs regardless of experience, intellect, and knowledge.

If you would like ideas on taking your idea to the next level and making it bigger and more awesomer, please say that you would like this extra advice. You can even post a link to an unpublished instructable if you like, but just remember, please check out the featuring checklist first since this will tell you all of the things that the best instructables have."

So... that's what this forum topic's for. There's a team of seasoned Instructables authors watching this topic, waiting to give you help!



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Kiteman13 days ago

Starting your first instructable?

Then you need to check these links:

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Write-an-In...

http://www.instructables.com/community/Featuring-C...

Please remember that comments here are the opinions of those making the comments, and do not guarantee that your work will be Featured or win a contest.

Hi! Do you have any suggestions for this Instructable?

http://www.instructables.com/id/Black-Eyed-Susan/

Thanks!

appytechie2 hours ago

i need some help ?

http://www.instructables.com/id/GETTING-STARTED-WITH-ARDUINO-5-1/

Please review my ibles as they haven't got featured

http://www.instructables.com/id/Real-Metal-Detecto...

http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Rugged-Coins-F...

that's all please help!

pious1234 days ago

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-chea...

Plz review this instructable is there any thing can improve to get it featured ??

icecats5 days ago

I recently wrote an Instructable that has to do with a new process in 3D Printing. Similar ones that I wrote were featured. I was wondering what was wrong with this one. I published it around 6:00 a.m on a Monday. Please help if you have any ideas.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Multi-Material-3D-Printing-Dental-Floss-Pick/

I need some help here. I have been creating a series of ibles on basic embroidery. I published two so far, (feather stitch and laced running stitch) and they were both featured. The last one I published (back stitch) is the most in depth and has better images, but it wasn't featured. Anyone have any theories?

No expert at making instructables but I have done similar things in a different context.

Feather and laced both have punchy introductory paragraphs, particularly laced. It's great, positive engaging and clear. Feather is great and you can get a good idea of how it looks and how it's used from the very attractive Dolores pin cushion, a cute idea, well executed.

My first read of the back stitch made no sense to me. I was confused by the chess piece. I didn't get that it was a pawn and I couldn't see how it related to a chess set. I'm not sure that the curves are the best example of a straight stitch.

Perhaps if you start with just the stitch and then move to how you can use it?

Also I don't think your photos are as good, particularly page 1, photos 7 and 8. The fact that they are smaller in the layout doesn't help I think.

If I'm nit picking, the threading the needle is on a different backgrounds and that makes it look a bit disjointed. If the yellow patch was sitting there on the green floral it would connect together better.

I hope this is not too blunt. You did seem to want genuine feedback. The first two are great and with minor changes I think back stitch would be too :-)

It's been featured! Thanks again!

Thank you for your feedback. I changed the intro slightly and added images of the completed chess set.

The needle threading is on the same background fabric as is used throughout the instructable. You can see it in almost every picture. The picture taken closer to show the knot looks lighter, but it's the same fabric.

I'm not sure what you mean by pictures 7&8 not being as good, but I realized that one was sort of a repeat and didn't fit where it was. I can't control how the images get smaller. That's the instructable format. Every step will be like that.

The backstitch isn't a "straight stitch". Embroidery goes where you take it.

Thanks again for your help.

I am a sewing teacher myself, Maybe if you were to make step 2 & 5 a little clearer. That might help. I hope this helps you out.

Any other theories or constructive criticism?

I point people at OrigamiAirEnforcer when questions like this come up. All of his instructables are presented very well but only a representative sample are featured. Not much to offer in the way of improvement except perhaps to avoid repeating photos.

Yes, I'm aware of OrigamiAirEnforcer, but he has over 300 instructables on a similar topic with very similar images. I'm talking about 5. I posted another one yesterday that got featured. Yes, I repeated two images in the step about threading the needle, but the rest are all very different.

Sometimes it really seems to be about timing. The editors want the channels to look diverse, and they pick a nice selection of I'bles to make that happen. In other words, it's not all about quality. It may also be about what others published at the same time.

And of course, it's the weekend!

Any suggestions to improve this article to be featured :)
It's my first time to enter a contest here.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Soldering-tricks-s...
and this one please?! :)

http://www.instructables.com/id/Connect-Arduino-Ro..

Actually it's for a job interview, I want to make everything look great.

LightBug7 days ago

I need some help with this -

http://www.instructables.com/id/GETTING-STARTED-WITH-ARDUINO-1-2/

Thank You

Do you also run the appytechie account?

Any tips on how to get this featured?

http://www.instructables.com/id/11-Traveling-Hacks...

Please Help.

siemenc11 days ago

Any feedback on this instructable? I feel like I'm missing out on something although I can't put my finger on it.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Nest-Sheet-lamp/

The only real issue I see is that your first paragraph has some grammar and punctuation issues. Read over it again slowly making sure you have commas or periods where they're needed and that the wording isn't confusing.

Thank you very much for your feedback and you're right. I read over it again and made some adjustments.

Congrats on getting featured!

LightBug12 days ago

Can some one help me with this instructable please

http://www.instructables.com/id/Internet-Controlle...

Thank you

LightBug13 days ago

Any tips on how to get this featured -

http://www.instructables.com/id/Taking-Electronics...

Thank You

It's been featured! You're on the right track.

Does anyone have an idea on how to make this good enough for a home page feature? http://www.instructables.com/id/Romantic-era-lands...

UjjwalB13 days ago

Hi,PLEASE HELP ME WITH THIS..u are the original author of the trick how one can turn his/her screen into a privacy screen using a polarization filter.the gentleman in this video could get the screen to be absolutely dark:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7e-HMjikwsY ..is it cause those particular brands of lcd screens turn dark on removing the polarizing filter or did he do something else too?..and my primary question:CAN THIS BE USED ON SMART WATCHES??a lot of us can use this for our personal purposes.i need to use this VERY soon.thankyou in advance.

LightBug14 days ago

Hi, I need some help with this

http://www.instructables.com/id/Taking-Basic-Elect...

Thanks a lot

Marvinator14 days ago

Just posted my first I'ble last night, and was hoping to get some input from more experienced posters as to content (yeah, I know I need more pics) and layout and even the project itself. THANKS!

http://www.instructables.com/id/Chimney-Cap-from-Garbage-Can-Lids/

Moem Marvinator14 days ago

I have to say your Instructable is already quite good and I can't think of any improvements really!

The only thing that jumped out at me was the sentence 'Everything I used is readily available in most hardware stores'. That's not true. It may be true in the US, but most people don't live there. So I'd rephrase that slightly. That's all!

Marvinator Moem14 days ago

Thanks for your input! I will make that change so that it is more accurate.

dmserve17 days ago

This is my first instructable;
http://www.instructables.com/id/Long-Bed-Printed-3d-Printer/
It would be nice if you have a look and suggest any improvements
that I can bring to it. This information will help me in future instructables.
I am thankful for what it did achieve, what areas can I improve to do better.
Thanks in advance

makendo dmserve16 days ago

35k views, featured, and won a prize - great start! A few tips: use a well-focused, high res photo for your main image - the current one is badly pixellated and has strange punctuation. Try to limit photos to no more than 6 per step; make sure all steps have at least one photo. Your intro text doesn't really tell a story and there is no real closure at the end. Avoid Unnecessary Capitalization.

appytechie16 days ago

Hey I need some help with my first one -

http://www.instructables.com/id/BUILD-A-SIMPLE-ROB...

Thanks a lot.

Pictures look great. I can't speak to the project itself because I've never attempted anything like it before, but you have some punctuation errors. Look through it again and make sure you have capitals at the beginning of sentences and periods instead of commas when appropriate.

I would love any suggestions for making my instructable homepage worthy.

Using a Travel Journal

any tips on getting this featured?

http://www.instructables.com/id/recycled-paper/

Any tips on how to improve my Using a Travel Journal ible to make it homepage worthy would be appreciated.

any tips on getting this featured?

aggrh the link doesn't work!

for some reason I can't paste a link but if you can still take a look it is my most recent instructable "hydrodynamic testing water tunnel"

Maybe it would be good to write a bit more in the intro about what it's for. "Hydrodynamic testing" doesn't really ring a bell for everyone and the pictures don't really make the purpose clear. Also I'm wondering about the relevance of the picture of a body part with a mosquito on it.

Here's the link so others can take a look.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Hydrodynamic-Testing-Water-Tunnel/

ok thanks! I added what you said (and discarded the mosquito picture

that pic was kind of a joke)

I definitely think it's improved now!

Jokes don't have to be bad. If you have a silly picture and want to keep it in, maybe mention it in the text somehow. Or at least add a note that tells the joke.

thanks! it was just featured!

High five!

high five!

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WaffleGuru25 days ago

Heya, just popping in with an ible I posted a few days ago. I had some good luck with posting here before and got some tips that helped improve my Instructable, so I thought I'd give it another shot with this one.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Light-Up-Combat-Bo...

Any tips or suggestions with how to improve it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much! :)

hschlech1 month ago

This is my 1st attemp at an instructable and only did one step at this stage:

http://www.instructables.com/preview/EWX32WZIANSGT...

I would appreciate some comments/suggestions before doing the other steps, since I feel it might be a bit verbose...

Honus hschlech1 month ago

I think what you have so far is great- it's great project. I wouldn't worry about your writing at all as I found it easy to follow. On a complex project like this the worst thing you can do is leave out information- just remember that you are trying to explain to someone else how to successfully recreate your project and you'll be just fine.

I would definitely change the title to something simpler like "Low cost 3D printer from simple hardware" or something like that. When you put $50 in the title and people find out it costs significantly more they tend to get upset about that.

Looking forward to seeing it completed!

hschlech Honus1 month ago

Thank you for the feedback Honus, I will definitely heed your advice. I do want to stress the fact that no specialist tools are required...should I perhaps retain the 'only using a dremel, drill and handtools' in the title?

Just call it "3D Printer with Basic Tools" and you're set. Honus is right that simpler is usually better with titles.

Brooklyntonia, any idea what happened to the 3d printing contest - it seems to have disappeared from the 'Recently closed contests' page...?

They all drop off the list eventually. I wasn't following it, but if it didn't close on the regular schedule, it may have dropped off more quickly because it ended before the other contests on the list. You can always find closed contests on the archive page. There's a link at the top of the contest page.

Found it - thank you - they still have not announced the winners though...

Well, sponsored contests usually take longer.

WaffleGuru28 days ago

Hey y'all, I'm still a little new to the Instructables game, and I wanted to see if there was anything I could do to my most recent one to improve my chances of getting featured: http://www.instructables.com/id/Tiny-Faux-Taxiderm...

I know it's kind of short, but I thought I did a better job on this one than on my previous Instructable, which did get featured. I thought my pictures were pretty good, and my instructions were clear, so if y'all have any tips or suggestions for what I could do to improve it, I'm totally open to input. Thanks a bunch! :)

Moem WaffleGuru28 days ago

I like your I'ble just fine. Honestly, getting featured is also a matter of luck and timing. If it doesn't happen, there might just be too many other feature-worthy projects that got published at the same time.

I can see one thing that might leave room for improvement: it's based on something others might not be able to find easily (the wooden plaques). So maybe a suggestion on how to obtain or make those might help. That's all I got!

WaffleGuru Moem28 days ago
That's a good idea about where to get the plaques, I can totally add that in there. Thanks!
Vhan1 month ago

Hi, do you think you could help me improve my Instructable?

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Create-an-A...

-Thanks

makendo Vhan29 days ago

you should show an actual animation

Recently posted my first two Instructables,
I have read thru the how-to guide and other tips but I would greatly appreciate some guidance from the experts.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Artsy-Fartsy-Furni...
http://www.instructables.com/id/Water-Glue-Who-Kne...


Thank you!

try to use main image to illustrate project; avoid stock photos. Your photography is fine but your cropping is not; unclutter the background and take a step back. Your modge podge one is a little too uncritical; you may get the same effect initially but without the additional sealers I suspect you may get yellowing/peeling with time.

sirvahid1 month ago

hi. Tnk for your nice information. I just wanted to make an pulse oximetry and i dont have time. Im on my last term of university.... I m from iran and i dont have any card to be pro...pls help me....tnk u

What can I do to improve my rain barrels?

http://www.instructables.com/id/Serial-Style-Rain-Barrels/

When I posted this, the site was going though quite a bit of problems, and it took it quite some time to actually post. It was the middle of the night before it actually posted to the site. However, given that is my very first instructable, I'd like to know how to improve.

Thank you guys in advance!

That project's pretty great, the finished project doesn't make for a super exciting front image but it's well done, the instructions are good , I like it. Maybe bring that cover photo in to show the barrels more and dump the text?

I can do that. I'll focus in tighter on the image when I get home this evening and can take some new pictures.

It's about the only thing I could say against it, the rest of the images are good, illustrative and useful.

LightBug1 month ago

Can anyone help me with this one -

http://www.instructables.com/id/Getting-started-with-FreeScale-K64f/

SohamG1 month ago

Hello Kiteman

Suggest on my instructable :http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-your-weighing-scale-hack-using-arduino/

violingirl1 month ago

Really simple projects need great photography. Avoid using the flash and check out some guides like http://www.instructables.com/id/how-to-take-great-photos-with-an-iPhone/

Thank you!

I don't think I will be redoing the almond kringle instructable any time soon but when I do I will try to keep that in mind.

And for the abacus one do you have any suggestions?

I thought that it would have been a feature worthy instructable.

Try taking a photo of it being used in good natural light. Give some background on how to use one.

AmateurHour1 month ago

Hello, any suggestions on how I could improve this Instructable?

http://www.instructables.com/id/Tire-Rim-Grill-No...

ThisIsSteve1 month ago

Hi there,

I think the pictures and general explanation are great but it would be helpful if you showed what it actually does, as in how a change in your code values makes the servo move. Maybe post a video?

On the technical side, each of the I/O pins on the Core can only support 20mA current draw so I would be extremely hesitant to try and power a servo directly from the core- even sub mico servos can easily draw more than 20mA . If you have to you can connect the servo positive lead to Vin as that would give you 5V directly from the USB input vs. trying to power it from the on board 3.3V regulator.

Servos generate a lot of electrical noise so as a general rule I would always power a servo separately or at least power it using a separate voltage regulator if you have to use a single power source.

Giulia Art1 month ago
Giulia Art1 month ago

Halloween font on the main picture is incongruous

i changed the main font in the main photo:) What do you thinck now?

World11 month ago

i need mine to be improved the link is how to make a rainbow loom bracelet author is World1 the picture below is the intro picture

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mayukh181 month ago

This is my first instructable
http://www.instructables.com/id/Hide-data-in-an-Im...
It will be nice if you have a look and suggest any improvements that I can bring to it. Thanks in advance.

Animated cover picture doesn't help illustrate actual project

Temporarily mount on a blank wall and take a wider shot.

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Giulia Art1 month ago

Hello everyone:) I just edited one off my old instructables and wanted to ask if it's good for the Homepage!

Here it is:

http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Simple-Origami...

Waiting for your answers!

Thank you!

Kiteman3 years ago

Starting your first Instructable?

Then you need to read this how-to guide.
(Please remember that comments here are the opinions of those making the comments, and do not guarantee that your work will be Featured or win a contest.)

Hello Kiteman,

Can you look at this once and let me know what could i change to get it featured. It has some good views and favourites compared to any other project in the category, yet i do not see it getting featured

http://www.instructables.com/id/Custom-Mobile-Phone-Case-Project-Geek-5/

Hi ProjectGeek,

I see that your iBle get 4K Views and 149 Favs, that is awesome. That means so many people love your project. I just got this mail in my inbox :

"Your Replacing Old Flashlight Bulb With LED project was just featured by one of our editors. Look for it in the Technology category.

Being featured means we think you are awesome."

I don't expect this simple project being featured, I have some harder projects which I think could be much cooler, are not featured. It doesn't matter, maybe it cannot be reproduce because I mostly use things around me which might be hard for the others to find. As long as I enjoy the project, and I enjoy sharing, maybe it will inspire the others for a cooler projects.

You see that "featured" is given by ONE of the editors. Let's say there are 10 editors [or more] which has their own favorite fields. Let's say there is one that love phone gadgets just like your project. He was on a two hours meeting by the time you submitted your cool iBle. Let's say if there were 100 new iBles in that two hours meeting time, that phone-gadgets-lover-editor might miss yours. Forgive him. He might be too tired after meeting and took another hour for napping, who knew? Or near your submission time, there were some similar projects which made yours not that cool compared to others. So.. I would say that as long as you got views and favs, you can be proud of what you have done ^_^

If a free pro membership is what you are aftering ... leave a message in my inbox and I will send you one ;)

SHARING is one thing that makes this community grows ^_^

lgooms Kiteman1 month ago

Thank you for your post and links. I tried to follow all of your advice. Within an hour of submitting my first instructable this afternoon, my project was featured in Living and on the Homepage. Thanks again!

lgooms lgooms1 month ago

I meant to post my reply to the author. I am thankful for the links you rovided too

Giulia Art1 month ago

Can someone look at this instructable:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Origami-Rabbit-Easy-Tutorial/

mtairymd1 month ago

Animated GIF problems

My last step in this instructable has an animated GIF. http://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-Stackable-...

I reduced the file size down but it only animates if you click on the picture. Can anyone help?

Thanks

smaller.gif

Try even making it smaller for the time being. I had to make my last GIF 480x272 to get it to work right in my feed. http://www.instructables.com/id/Luxury-Shower-Unde...

Let me know if that works. It's a great instructable by the way!

Yep, that work!

I reduced each picture to 486x324px.

Thank you.

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