Introduction: How to Create Homepage Ads

As you may have noticed, Instructables has a new homepage!
So, Instructables is giving you the power to create new Ads!

That's right, we want you to contribute to Instructables' new Ad Campaign!
Just make sure to put some decent effort into it, because we're only going to use the Ads that we like.

Step 1: Download the Template

First, you're going to need to download the Ad Template.

There are two templates, one is for Adobe Photoshop, the other is for The GIMP.

Step 2: Find a Step/Picture Combination

Find a step in an Instructable that would make for a great ad.
You're also going to need a picture from that same Instructable, but it doesn't necessarily have to be from that same step.

The Step Should Be:
Cleverly entitled
Part of a quality Instructable (obviously)
Fun/cool sounding

The picture should be:

Part of an Instructable
Visually Attractive
A good representation of the Instructable
Large (>300x300 pixels)

Now, you have to check to see how big the image is, and get the larger, higher resolution image.
To do that, click on the "I" in the upper left-hand corner of the image that you want.

This image is 375x500, which is sufficient for making a Homepage ad.

To get the actual 375x500 image, just click on the link on the bottom-left hand corner (see picture).

Now, just right click on the large image, copy it, and continue onto the next step.

Step 3: Edit the Template

Now that you have the larger image, you can open up the template that is included in this Instructable and paste the image into a new layer.

In GIMP, you are going to have to right click on the "pasted layer" and make it a new layer.

Move this layer just above the original image layer, then move the image around until you are satisfied.
Make the focus toward the right of the image, so that the text will not be overlapping anything important.

Now, Edit the text.
In this case, I'd modify the template's default "Step 5: Get a water bottle." to "Step 2: Off with its head!"
Try and keep the text to around 3 rows long.

Do not edit the slogan! ("Invent a Cooler Life") or the color of the banner it sits on
The only text color that you can use is white.
Do not move the text out of place. The Text must be in its original spot to be accepted as an ad.
There also must be some form of punctuation after the "step name" in order for the image to be accepted as an ad.

Also, you'll notice that there are "background boxes" for the text to sit on. You're going to have to resize these for the specific text that you are using. In order to do so, in photoshop you'd use the free transform tool.
In order to get to the free transform tool in photoshop, Click on the rectangle draw tool. Then right click on the grey box while you are on its layer. Free Transform is the last option on the pop up menu.

In GIMP, simply use the scale tool to change the grey box's size.

Just make sure the background boxes are appropriately sized and aligned.

Step 4: Proper Saving/Exporting

In order to keep the image size down and easily organize the homepage images, we are asking you to stick to the following saving procedure.

Go to Save As
Change the file extension to JPEG
The file name should be a brief description of the ad that you're giving us. In this case, CookSnake.jpg
Click Save, then Export
GIMP will then prompt you for the quality. Set the quality so that the maximum file size is 25kb, then click on save

For Adobe Photoshop:
Go to Save For Web
Set the Quality so that the maximum file size is 25kb
The file name should be a brief description of the ad that you're giving us. In this case, CookSnake.jpg
Make sure the file extension is .jpg
Click Save

Step 5: Giving the Ad to Instructables

If you've made an ad for us, just post it as a comment on this Instructable, We'll take care of the rest! Make sure to include the Instructable the ad should link to.


kcls made it! (author)2010-07-09

Can we still do this?

kcls made it! (author)kcls2011-02-25


Skyfinity made it! (author)2009-07-27

I just spent all this time making the old version!

IgnorantZebra made it! (author)2009-05-28

If you are still accepting these here mine is

wenpherd made it! (author)2009-01-01

for those of you who dont know wenpherd is pronawsed wen-ferd

zascecs made it! (author)zascecs2009-04-14

Umm... ...thanks...

zascecs made it! (author)zascecs2009-04-14

BTW, this instructable is awsome!

Lithium Rain made it! (author)2008-12-30

Do you all still want us to submit these?

wenpherd made it! (author)2008-12-23

and is there anuther way to post them

wenpherd made it! (author)2008-12-22

canwe make more than one?

Plasmana made it! (author)2008-07-19

Can you please make a AD template for mac computers? Please?

T3h_Muffinator made it! (author)T3h_Muffinator2008-07-19

We don't do corporate ads in this manner. Also, the idea was for users to make their own ads, not for me to make ads for the users.

lawizeg made it! (author)2008-03-27

When i try to open the gimp file it says open with: tmpfile save to disk... Then i try to open it with "tmpfile" and it says error. How do i open it?

lawizeg made it! (author)lawizeg2008-03-29

ok so i got it...but i'm completely new to GIMP and i don't know how to edit the text.

trebuchet03 made it! (author)2007-08-24

Who doesn't like bacon :)

T3h_Muffinator made it! (author)T3h_Muffinator2007-08-27

Errr... you're not supposed to change the slogan!

trebuchet03 made it! (author)trebuchet032007-08-27

Well you didn't say I couldn't :P

diybro_1 made it! (author)diybro_12008-02-22

The instructable says you cant!

trebuchet03 made it! (author)trebuchet032008-02-22

Check the date of the post you're responding to... In about 6 months, do you think there was time to edit this project?

T3h_Muffinator made it! (author)T3h_Muffinator2008-02-22

It seems DIYbro has been all over the "make your own homepage _ " instructables recently. He just wants to be a hero =P

btop made it! (author)btop2007-08-31

heh if you made that big enough you could sleep on bacon!

T3h_Muffinator made it! (author)T3h_Muffinator2007-08-24


diybro_1 made it! (author)2008-02-22

did you change the font?

Patrik made it! (author)2008-01-15

Here ya go:

onlyonebowman made it! (author)2007-12-29

this is it

darth2o made it! (author)2007-09-03
10itemsOrLess made it! (author)2007-08-27

I hope it's not too crass.

and here is the Instructable

T3h_Muffinator made it! (author)T3h_Muffinator2007-08-27

Hey, did you change the slogan/banner color??

10itemsOrLess made it! (author)10itemsOrLess2007-08-27

Yes, but I used the color of the Instructables website header. I thought that the jpeg artifacts might not be as bad if there weren't any in the image to begin with. Here it is with the original color.

T3h_Muffinator made it! (author)T3h_Muffinator2007-08-27

errr... I think it needs to have the original slogan, too... "Invent a cooler life."

btop made it! (author)btop2007-08-31

yeah, but this picture with 'invent a cooler life' would make for more emos in the world.

T3h_Muffinator made it! (author)T3h_Muffinator2007-08-31


Dimitrios made it! (author)2007-08-26

I can't upload an image, green 'attach images' box flips open, but my library does not show. (In status bar, IE show Error)
Here is my image :Image
for this instructable: Instructable

T3h_Muffinator made it! (author)T3h_Muffinator2007-08-27

Did you change the slogan??

Brennn10 made it! (author)2007-08-24

Hmm, I am having trouble. I am sort of new to Gimp, so I need some help. So I downloaded the template, I have the picture I want. So should I Open the Picture as a New Layer? I am not sure if I am supposed to do that. Then I cannot seem to scale my image. So I have the image that I want behind the "Step 5" text. How do I edit that image to make it look better to fit? Is that the scaling? Then, I cannot seem to find out how to edit the "Step 5" text. Whenever I click the "T" in the GImp toolbar, I then click the spot where I want to edit the text. So that annoying box appears on the bottom of my screen. I type in the text I want, and I cannot move it. Sorry for being a "newb", but I really like this idea of Ads.

T3h_Muffinator made it! (author)T3h_Muffinator2007-08-24

Okay, I'm going to start with your problems in a random order. To move your edited text, simply click on the "move" tool, then on the text layer, then on the text that you want to move. you could open the picture as a new layer, but I like to paste the picture, then change the "pasted image" into a new layer by right clicking on the pasted image in the layer window. Scaling the image is done by clicking on the scaling tool then scaling the image. This isn't the scaling that I'm talking about, and if you're having scaling issues, perhaps select a smaller sized picture from the website. You scale those little grey boxes behind the text, that is generally necessary. hope that helps!

Brennn10 made it! (author)Brennn102007-08-25

That explanation seems like it will help me! I will try it after my Soccer game, and we will be on our way! Thanks!

technick29 made it! (author)2007-08-24

Here's the link to the photo, I'm having trouble adding images from the comment box. (bug?)


hack124x768 made it! (author)2007-08-24

Yes, I know it's not a JPEG. JPEG is the wrong format for something with a large solid block of color, so I used PNG. Reformat if you like, I take no responsibility for loss of color data.

T3h_Muffinator made it! (author)T3h_Muffinator2007-08-24

Is it under 25 kb?

BurningApple made it! (author)BurningApple2007-08-24

Yes, (right-click-->properties)

trebuchet03 made it! (author)trebuchet032007-08-24

You can't go by that on instructables ;) The back end resamples and reformats the images to prevent large images from slowing down people's connection (and screwing up the layout) -- note in the properties that the image is a .jpg ;)

canida made it! (author)2007-08-24


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