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 You can even post a link to an unpublished instructable if you like, but just remember, please check out the featuring checklist first since this will tell you all of the things that the best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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Kiteman2 months ago

Starting your first Instructable?

Trying to get more views for an existing project?

You need to read this guide:


Focussed on getting Featured?

You need to be aware of this checklist:


PLEASE, do not reply to this comment - you need to start a fresh top-comment for each new project or problem.

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

ohoilett2 days ago

I would like some tips on this Instructable. Thanks.


I just posted my first Instructable: "How to live stream a sporting event using equipment you already have". Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Some great
info here but as an instructable it needs work. Delete “using equipment you
already have” from title. Don’t reuse photos (you’ve used the same one 3 times).
Use a better photo for the main picture (a photo of someone filming the game
with the laptop in front of shot would be ideal). Use a photo for every step.
Don’t use stock photos. If software is free, say so; if not, give the cost.
Avoid hyperbole: “known worldwide” is nonsensical, I suspect most
people outside of North America would struggle to name a handful of NFL
teams/players let alone know anything about college football.

this was my first on that i made, so anything that would help would be great and much appreciated.


The DocDoc7 days ago

Posted a how to guide on building some small robots that have on board color vision. Any suggestions on the Instructable would be appreciated. As this is only my second one.


ManpreetP9 days ago


i just published a new instructable and i made it keeping in mind the guidelines for featuring on home page. i did my best to make it as cool and informative as possible with instructive steps and a video. it would be really kind if you considrer my work for homepage.

any suggestions ?

thank you.


kubulai15 days ago

Any suggestions on how to improve this Instructable? It is a simple idea, turns the normal approach upside down to make it easier to use, but I was aiming at a contest and had very little time to prepare -- on the order of four hours. http://www.instructables.com/id/After-the-Belt-is-made/

I like it a lot! The one thing that I'd suggest is brightening up your pictures. A lot of them are dark and that makes it hard to see the details of your project.

ManpreetP9 days ago


i just published a new instructable and i made it keeping in mind the guidelines for featuring on home page. i did my best to make it as cool and informative as possible with instructive steps and a video. it would be really kind if you considrer my work for homepage.

thank you.


ManpreetP14 days ago

hey ,

i made two projects and found that posting them on instructables would be a great way to share it with the world so that they can also enjoy making it.

i've read the featuring checklist and think i've done best from my end , but still i want advice about what is lagging and what i can improve in it so that it can be featured and be shared with a larger audience.

here's the link



thank you.... )


I made an instructable and i want to make sure that i didn't break any featuring rule before publishing



any suggestions on my two latest?

Airplane Instrument Clock

Please can you review this


I'I'll bbe very thankful to you !! !! !! !

why are you commenting on my comment?

I think that the result of your experiment there is a bit of a grey blob and thus doesn't look that appealing. Maybe try carving some details in it to resemble more a face, or add some colour by melting a single colour of wax over it?

Nice idea but you need a better photo featuring the clock rather than the plane, and the hands really both need to be white - you have to look really hard to even see the short hand

okay painted and republished thanks!

Better but photo cropped badly and clock is out of context. I liked it with the plane as backdrop, but the clock needs to be the focal point of the picture rather than an afterthought

what? which picture?


okay thanks! *frantically searches for white paint*


It got featured on the homepage. Need tips for improvement.

If it's already on the homepage, that means it's great!

I would have loved if it got featured on the newsletter. Is there any certain criteria for getting featured on the newsletter?

Hi, can you please review my instructable


I'I'll be very thankful to you !! !

Gosse Adema17 days ago


I've made some instructables (about 6) and 4 of them are featured. A nice percentage, but there is realy a difference in views between featured and not-featured.

The first one is probably too short to be featured:


But what can I do to impove this one?


It might be the lay-out or the subject...

the LEGO instructable doesn't stand out you need to have something special about it like a compartment that the whole city goes into without it coming apart.

for your Apple TV a quick search shows that watching DVDs on the device is a big problem but without a search I didn't know that so you need to tell people that it is

thijsv28 days ago

I just made my first 'food' Instructable. Had some issues with getting the light right in the pictures (cooking, taking pictures and taking notes together is something I didn't expect to be so difficult). Pointers are welcome.


thijsv thijsv27 days ago

got featured in food, but not homepage featured, which means there is still some room for improvement. Any hints, tips?

the pictures are some of the best pictures I've seen (really!) though there are a few grammatic mistakes like saying two persons instead of two people

Hi,can you please review instructable http://www.instructables.com/id/Wi-Fi-Lamp-Change-brightness-and-colors/.I'll be very thankful to you! !

cangrats on the homepage feature!

(I also voted)

Thank you for the feedback and the vote. I added the required equipment as well (which wasn't much for this recipe) to have all the needed information. Maybe that made the difference.

fiermedic18 days ago

I'm new to this site as a poster. I submitted 3 projects this week. 2 were featured, while the third was not. I've read the articles, but still could use some constructive criticism about this project (my favorite of the 3 I submitted.) Thanks!



Any advice ya'll might have to offer would be wonderful. thanks.

awall9928 days ago

I have already a few featured projects, but what did I wrong on this one?



makendo awall9920 days ago

Very clever but suffers from the fact it's hard to grok exactly what is going on without a careful read. I think you might have to reveal the trick in the opening picture, by shooting it partially to one side and showing the angled glass. As it is, it just looks like a screen showing a ghostly fish tank. I think the effects on the photo further blur the lines between what is an effect and what you're projecting, and would be better left out.

awall99 makendo20 days ago

Your're right. I had already the feeling, that the video does not really reflect what I wanted to represent.

I think this is a great instructable for those trappers, outdoorsmen, and those who are interested out there. It has really gotten nowhere, but I sure would like for it to get some where! :) http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Foothold-Snare/

Tough to photograph, for sure, but you could probably make it more interesting shot if you take it at an angle and use a contrasting color of paracord. Avoid stock photographs. Make sure you have a photo for every step (or remove steps). You also seem to be quoting yourself, which is a little... eccentric.

overevolve22 days ago

Couldn't find a good set of functional 3D printable propellers for my drone/UAV, so made a tutorial for those brave souls willing to experiment with this.


Is my video too long (5 minutes)? Is there anything I missed or need clarified? I'd love to make this as easy to follow as possible. Thanks, people and robots!

People looking for video instructions I think mostly go straight to youtube, so when you put it straight up there you risk people immediately moving on (you can skim through an ible in a fraction of the time it takes to watch a video, even a short one). See King of Random to see how to do a really good video instructable while still making it entirely possible to follow without watching it. So I'd swap the video to a later step and try and start with a visually arresting shot of your finished project.

New instructable - http://www.instructables.com/id/AquaFeeder-20-Auto...

I'm not sure about whether this is contest worthy, or even feature worthy, so could anyone check it out and tell me how I should improve it?

Dushyanta 21 days ago

Can you check my instructable and tell me why it is not featured.

FunE227 days ago

This was posted almost 2 weeks ago without a reply. I have a couple more 'ibles that I am working on and I would like some feedback on this, to help it and the newer ones. This is my second Instructable and I feel it is close to Feature worthy and would like some additional input to see what else I need to do.


there are a lot of other survival kits on instructables and you have to make one that stands out so maybe show a few pictures of the items being used

Thanks for the feedback. I will try these on the new ones and if I have time, will go back and redo this one.

and also there are a few fuzzy pictures

i want my instructable featured!!

Is it possible? What do I need? :) thanks guys!

The faun one is pretty good - you could have perhaps done a better job of disguising the back of the legs, but no big deal. The main picture doesn't really do the project justice - it's a bit incongruous to have a car and some flip-flops in the background. Go out into a park and get someone to take photos, preferably in the dappled light you get in partial shade. Shoot some video and make a better gif and upload it rather than link it.

which one?

Hi! I really appreciate if anyone can help me checking this: http://www.instructables.com/id/It-is-an-awesome-toy-but-maybe-only-for-non-lazy-c/

Any possibility of going featured? Please tell me any suggestions you have for the Epic Fail contest


YuKonstruct3 months ago

Hello everyone! Here is a fun one we have re-worked to make it easier to follow along. Can anyone take a look and see if anything is unclear in the instructions? Also any other feedback would be welcomed too! Thanks for taking the time! Check it out here!

http://www.instructables.com/id/Best-Paper-AirplaneEVER/ (the linking thingy doesn't seem to be working so it might need a good old copy & paste - sorry about that)

It's very nice, but it's also http://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Make-The-Stratohawk-Paper-Airplane/. I think in general for really simple projects they need a bit of a twist to get featured. Gif-ifying something like this might work well

Not sure if you know, but you just have to select the link while editing the comment, and after a while a pop-up menu appears. There you have a link icon which allows you to specify your link. Not very obvious, I was also having trouble with it. Regards!

germap1 month ago

Hi all! My instructable didn't make it into the finalists of the First Author Contest :(

tell me how can I improve it so that it can be featured on the homepage
and/or tweeted from the Instructables' Twitter account. I want to bring
more attention to it! Thanks in advance.


makendo germap1 month ago

It's pretty good; the photos are the weak link. I suggest taking the game outside (not in direct sun) and trying to capture an action shot. If you can capture one from low down looking over the "shoulder" of the "kicker", you might be able to get a shot where kicker, ball and goalkeeper are motion-blurred and everything else will be in sharp focus. That will tell a nice story in one shot.

germap makendo1 month ago

Thanks makendo, I think it makes sense and would be actually beautiful.

Giulia Art1 month ago

Any sugestions for this instructable ?


I want it featured , because Halloween it's coming and i need some atention on it :)

Thank you :)

Higher resolution photos. Spellcheck. Eliminate steps without photos. Shorten; it's a simple project, it doesn't need so much detail.

hey makendo..I eliminated the steps without photos...and the photos i think that are with good resolution...What you think? What to do to get it featured?

I'm out of ideas and am not on the feature team, so can't help you any more, sorry. Good luck!

PeterP_DIY1 month ago

Always open for suggestions since English isn't my native language!


FunE21 month ago

This is only my second Instructable and I feel it is close to Feature worthy and would like some additional input to see what else I need to do.


gabezk1 month ago
Hello, this is my second instructable http://www.instructables.com/id/Fig-jam-sweet-amaranth-snacks/, what would you change? Your feedback is really important to me.
makendo gabezk1 month ago

Food instructables need to make the meal look really appetizing. Check out jessyratfink's instructables for examples; she also has useful tutorials for how to take great pictures

if you post a unpublished instructable could other members look at it?

Yes, but you need to provide the URL

reenim2 months ago

This is the web link of Instructable that I'm trying to get featured. All helps appreciated


LiveCrafts reenim2 months ago

The reason it isn't featured is because you need to provide instructions on how you made it, now what it does, or how it does it, or all of the angles of what it looks like. If you take pictures and show us how to make it, it might get featured!

Thanks for the reply but there are so many other knex ibles without instruction that has been featured. I like these guys ibles and appreciate their work but if their ible can get featured without any instructions at all then it shouldn't be the reason why my ible isn't featured...

Some examples of featured ibles without instructions:





Giulia Art1 month ago


Can someone tell me what to do to get my last intructable on the home page?


Thank you:)

Please :)

any tips on getting my latest featured?


Hi. I created a couple of projects - and looking for the opinion here as how best to get them to a state they could be considered for "Featured". I've gone through the checklist and think I have it all covered but let me know if you think I have missed anything. Thanks :)



both are written very well but for the proximity sensor you might want to use different pictures for the assemble and parts list steps and for the other instructable instead of using stock images use you own! also I think you should put a picture in the intro instead of just a video

good luck!

Will do - Ill take some more photos tonight to cover those points - thanks :)
Wired_Mist2 months ago

Hey everyone !

I was surprised when my most recent instructable did not get featured or get too many comments.


I made the Tesseract from the Avengers. Instead of tissue paper and led's I used Rehoscopic fluid and a fountain pump to circulate it. then back lit it with about 40 led's. I felt the Rehoscopic fluid was fairly innovative compared to the other examples of the site. I think the reason it was not featured was I did not show that difference from the others well enough.

Any thoughts?

Thanks !

Pardon me look like it was featured a few hours after I posted :D

Still, any advice on what could be done better? always want to make the next one better :)

peekabooo3 months ago

I'm just getting the hang of this instructable-ing!

I'd love your suggestions on how to make this better:


Hi! Maybe try shortening your title, it gets a bit long. Remember, just quickly summarize your project in your title.

Thank you!

Maybe take the "Three Ingredient" Part out....but it's your choice!

Hi there - I took another look and I've updated the text and improved the formatting. Made sure all the bullets and numbering was nice and consistent and added a photo or two. I wish the photos were better but my cell phone can only do so much.

I'd love feedback from someone about what they think!

Thank you :)

LiveCrafts2 months ago

Anyone got any ideas for these? Kiteman, please help me!!! I might have posted this, but I can't see it. So here they are:




Your Brownie Pizza is already featured, but the main issue for the lap desk is the opening image - it is visually cluttered; it is both hard to read the title, and hard tell what the object is.

Personal thing as well - did the pen holder really need to be wrapped in socks? It may be a British first-aid thing, but it looks like a tubular bandage applicator...

Thank you! I fixed it all up, if you would like to take another look maybe! (:

Moem LiveCrafts2 months ago

I like your new intro picture, but the lettering has low contrast compared to the background, maybe make them white instead of black?

LiveCrafts Moem2 months ago

Alright, I'll do thatt!!

Just finished it!

Moem LiveCrafts2 months ago

Well, in my eyes that's a clear improvement. Good luck!

LiveCrafts Moem2 months ago


Haha! Thanks for the input. I'll do my best to fix it up. Oh, and the socks keep the pen holder together, since it is two duct tape rolls stacked on top of each other. Buying another roll of duct tape didn't fit into my budget, and I liked the way my pencil holder looked. Now, for the opening image, do you have any recommendations for what I could use? Just a picture of the desk?

Any tips on how to get this featured?


Please Help.

This doesn't really teach you how to do/make anything. Try changing the cover photos to something more attractive for more views!

gpiwowar3 months ago

Hi there - when I wrote my first Instructable, I thought I did a pretty good job of the photos and explanations, so I was rather expecting it would get "Featured".

I would really appreciate any advice you have on it: http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Simple-Copp...

so that I can improve it, and hopefully do a better job with my future submissions.

Thank you in advance!

Hey! Great 'ible! Try taking better photos. Quite a couple of them have distracting shadows. Also, try making your cover picture a bit nicer with retouching or whatever

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