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
There are two templates, one is for Adobe Photoshop, the other is for The GIMP.
Step 2: Get A Picture
The picture should be:
Part of an Instructable
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
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.