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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.
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Step 1: Download the Template

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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

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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.
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kcls4 years ago
Can we still do this?
kcls kcls4 years ago
Skyfinity5 years ago
I just spent all this time making the old version!
If you are still accepting these here mine is
wenpherd6 years ago
for those of you who dont know wenpherd is pronawsed wen-ferd
Umm... ...thanks...
zascecs zascecs5 years ago
BTW, this instructable is awsome!
Do you all still want us to submit these?
wenpherd6 years ago
and is there anuther way to post them
wenpherd6 years ago
canwe make more than one?
Plasmana6 years ago
Can you please make a AD template for mac computers? Please?
T3h_Muffinator (author)  Plasmana6 years ago
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.
Dorkfish926 years ago
lawizeg7 years ago
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 lawizeg7 years ago
ok so i got it...but i'm completely new to GIMP and i don't know how to edit the text.
trebuchet037 years ago
Who doesn't like bacon :)
T3h_Muffinator (author)  trebuchet037 years ago
Errr... you're not supposed to change the slogan!
Well you didn't say I couldn't :P
The instructable says you cant!
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 (author)  trebuchet037 years ago
It seems DIYbro has been all over the "make your own homepage _ " instructables recently. He just wants to be a hero =P
heh if you made that big enough you could sleep on bacon!
T3h_Muffinator (author)  trebuchet037 years ago
ll.137 years ago
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diybro_1 ll.137 years ago
did you change the font?
Patrik7 years ago
Here ya go:
this is it
darth2o7 years ago
I hope it's not too crass.

and here is the Instructable
T3h_Muffinator (author)  10itemsOrLess7 years ago
Hey, did you change the slogan/banner color??
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 (author)  10itemsOrLess7 years ago
errr... I think it needs to have the original slogan, too... "Invent a cooler life."
yeah, but this picture with 'invent a cooler life' would make for more emos in the world.
T3h_Muffinator (author)  btop7 years ago
Dimitrios7 years ago
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 (author)  Dimitrios7 years ago
Did you change the slogan??
Brennn107 years ago
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 (author)  Brennn107 years ago
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!
That explanation seems like it will help me! I will try it after my Soccer game, and we will be on our way! Thanks!
technick297 years ago
Here's the link to the photo, I'm having trouble adding images from the comment box. (bug?)

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