Introduction: How to Create Homepage Images

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

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

Step 1: Download the Template

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

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

Step 2: Get a Picture

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Find a picture that you'd like to make a homepage image out of.
The picture should be:

Part of an Instructable
Visually Attractive
A good representation of the Instructable
Large (>700x300 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 800x592, which is sufficient for making a homepage image.

To get the actual 800x592 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

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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 "Synchronizing Fireflies" to "Hummingbirds: Feeder, Food, & More!" and change the text to white.

The only two text colors that you can use are black and white.
Do not move the text out of place. The Text must be in its original spot to be accepted as a homepage image.

Also, make sure that the "corners" layer is on top of everything.

Step 4: Proper Saving/Exporting

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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
Copy the Instructables ID from the Instructable in the URL
Get the category that the Instructable was saved in (if there is more than one, just pick one)
The file name should be "InstructablesID_Category.Jpg" In this case, EP27Y4OF52STO8E_Life.jpg
Click Save, then Export
GIMP will then prompt you for the quality. Set the quality to 40, then click on save

For Adobe Photoshop:
Go to Save For Web
Set the Quality to 40
Copy the Instructables ID from the Instructable in the URL
Get the category that the Instructable was saved in (if there is more than one, just pick one)
The file name should be "InstructablesID_Category.Jpg" In this case, EP27Y4OF52STO8E_Life.jpg
Make sure the file extension is .jpg
Click Save

Step 5: Giving the Homepage Image to Instructables

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If you are making your own picture from one of your Instructables a homepage image, simply include it in the pictures on the introduction page to said Instructable.

If you are making a picture from someone else's Instructable a homepage image, for now, just post it in a comment on said Instructable.

We'll take care of the rest!


Vachan jnkvpj (author)2015-04-19

Thanks bro

dombeef (author)2010-06-14

I do it sometimes... I love it when there are people watching while I say that all i wanted was some grapes...

zascecs (author)2009-04-29

This is the link to my Instructable.

Shadow Dragon (author)2008-03-30

And another:D

dombeef (author)Shadow Dragon2009-03-17

Is that an instuctable?

Nicolas Jara (author)2008-10-01

This is my first homepage image from my first Instructable.
Enjoy it...............................(and vote it)

Spl1nt3rC3ll (author)2008-06-26

Can anyone do these for me?

You can use any picture in the iBle that you think is best.

aeromancy (author)Spl1nt3rC3ll2008-08-14

Here's one.

Spl1nt3rC3ll (author)aeromancy2008-08-31

Sweet, thanks!

puffyfluff (author)2008-07-10

Does it still work with the newest layout, the one with the slideshow of images?

slimguy379 (author)2008-07-08

I'm not able to open the "template" for gimp (i'm running gimp 2)

Spl1nt3rC3ll (author)2008-01-12

Does GIMP work with a Mac? I don't have photoshop (I think). Would any of you be willing to do one for me? Preferably of the Roy Rogers or Hovercraft, but any other is fine.

louey (author)Spl1nt3rC3ll2008-01-13


I made some images for you, enjoy. Also you can get GIMP to work on a Mac, Go here to find out more information.


randofo (author)louey2008-01-21


Spl1nt3rC3ll (author)randofo2008-01-21

Really? Cool!

louey (author)Spl1nt3rC3ll2008-01-25

Woot! but i notice that my images are unusually grainy compared to the others. I set the quality to 40% in GIMP but it seems that the area around the text is blurry and grainy. Am i doing something wrong?

T3h_Muffinator (author)louey2008-01-25

Nope, that generally happens - it may just be more noticeable on your images because of your background color selection.

louey (author)T3h_Muffinator2008-01-26

Should I change the quality setting to something other than 40% ?

Spl1nt3rC3ll (author)louey2008-01-13

Cool! Thanks!

Patrik (author)2008-05-05

Is there a better interface for submitting these images yet?

Anyway - I don't know if we're doing Homepage Images for Slideshow submission yet, but if we do, here's one for My first woodturning project(s)...

Zorink (author)Patrik2008-05-10

If we're doing slideshows, here's one for my companion cube

benthekahn (author)2008-04-26

well, heres mine. Check out the instructable here.

It's pretty good, but the image is all stretched out. Think you could replace it with the original?

Shadow Dragon (author)2008-03-30

I made one. :D

Gunk on Floor (author)2008-03-29

I have two That I just did! I love this Template!!! It would be so cool to someday see either of these on the front page!! My cat would definitely have to see for himself, he just wouldn't believe me.

These are both of my instructables:

The First one

Second One

Please let me know what you think. I don't think there is anything out of place on either of them, but I may be overlooking something.


GibbonsRock (author)2008-02-06

Hi Gang! I'm trying to create a homepage image but I'm a mere white belt in Photoshop-Fu. My base image is a bit undersized (640 instead of 700 pixels) that terrible? Also, my instructible ID is very long- too long for a file name. Can I abbreviate it for the file name? Sorry for the noob questions! Thanks in Advance! -Jim

I wouldn't worry about the Id title, whatever you have is fine. I really think you should have 700px minimum, 'cause that's the size of the banner on the homepage. If your picture gradually fades to a certain color, you're welcome to extend the photo w/ a rectangle of that color, so long as it looks good (and feel free to edit the image on that border so it looks nice). Sorry for answering so late! -Josh

Hiya Josh, No worries on the lateness- I appreciate your help with this! This was my first instructible and I'm excited about getting the word out. Anyhoo....I got ahold of the original image, and here's what I came up with. Whattaya think? Cheers, Jim


Did it get posted? I've been refreshing the main page and never see it. In other news, refreshing the main page is a fantastic way to find new instructibles! It's really neat what people have come up with! is there way to link to so that graphic is on the front page? A couple chameleon newsletters have asked for a link elaborating our setup. Thanks again for all your help! -Jim

I don't do the posting, so I'm not sure. Sorry!

marc92 (author)2008-03-04

Here's one for my latest Instructable

If someone is going to post this, please do it soon because, this instructable will only be relevant for the next few weeks.

dsman195276 (author)2008-02-22

hows this? i had to cut out part of the picture so you could see the text.

diybro_1 (author)dsman1952762008-02-22

you changed the font and you added a white background to the text. you're supposed to use the same format they give you.

dsman195276 (author)diybro_12008-02-22

my pic is naturaly black and white so i had to add a white background to make the text be able to be read. also my photo editor is weird. as far as i know i cant change the type of text. it makes the pic in layers. the test was one layer and i could not edit it.

diybro_1 (author)dsman1952762008-02-22

its says tho that the only thing that you are allowed to change is the text to black or white. try choosing a different image. your image does not tell much about the instructable.

dsman195276 (author)diybro_12008-02-22

yea it does. its a pic of glitch city in pokemon blue. and all of my pics are black or white. also have you seen the instructable?

diybro_1 (author)dsman1952762008-02-22

choose or do a different instructable then. and the text background is still white, which it cant be. change it to clear, and your background is confusing. really confusing.

dsman195276 (author)diybro_12008-02-22

witch picture are you talking about? my first one or second one?

diybro_1 (author)dsman1952762008-02-22

second one. it is very confusing with the text area.

dsman195276 (author)diybro_12008-02-22

no its not! that is action replay codes in the background!

diybro_1 (author)dsman1952762008-02-22

yea, but its very confusing against the black text. it makes it really hard to read. choose another image, with most of the image on the right side.

dsman195276 (author)diybro_12008-02-22

i have decided that i am just going to get a new picture for it and put it in the instructable. it will be a color image insted.

diybro_1 (author)dsman1952762008-02-22

ok, good. but it has to do with the instructable AND NOT ONE FROM GOOGLE OR SOMEWHERE ELSE. it has to be your own image, that you took.

dsman195276 (author)diybro_12008-02-22

i know about google. i took this one. i will add it to the instructable later so if you are going to post it on the home page wait a little while.

diybro_1 (author)dsman1952762008-02-22

did u center the text on the bottom line? and try editing the image so the side on the left is slightly faded.

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