How to Embed Photos in an Instructable

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Introduction: How to Embed Photos in an Instructable

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Recently, I've been trying out making Instructables with photo-only instructions (see my Rosette and Mesh Decolletage Instructables).  For simple Instructables, I think it's a format that looks good, and I like the idea of wordless instructions.

If you'd like to try this yourself, here's a quick tutorial on embedding photos into your text space. It's not just button clicking; you'll be learning a little bit of basic HTML. But if you've never done any coding before, don't be afraid! It's not that hard, and you only need to learn a tiny bit to embed a photo.

And here it is: <img src="photourl.jpg"/>

Except you'll replace photourl.jpg with your photo's URL.
But what is your photo's URL? Let's take a step back.

For this Instructable, I'm going to be working with this photo of a robot t-shirt:

You should follow along in a different window and try all of the stuff I show you.


Step 1: Upload the Photo
Upload the photo to Instructables normally. You don't even have to attach it to the Instructable, just get it onto the site. (It can actually be a picture from anywhere on the internet, but I'm just going to work from inside the Instructables site.)
You should upload a pretty big photo so that you'll be able to see all of the options.

Step 2: Copy the image URL
Right click on the thumbnail of the image and select "Copy Image URL".



Step 3: Playing around with the URL
We're going to take that URL and play with it a little bit, so go ahead and paste that URL string into a new tab of your browser. Instructables has a few different versions of your photo.
Because we copied from the thumbnail, the URL string should currently end with ".THUMB.jpg". So the image is small, like this:


Now change .THUMB.jpg to .TINY.jpg to make it even smaller.


Try SQUARE, SQUARE2, and SQUARE3:


Try MEDIUM.


Try LARGE.


So you see that you have a lot of default options for the size, and even the shape, of your photo.

Step 4: Inserting into the source code
Back in your Instructable, click on the Source button. Now you're seeing the HTML that your Instructable is using. We're just going to be messing with images, so you can ignore most of it. Navigate to the place where you want to put your photo, and use that code we learned earlier: <img src="photourl.jpg"/>

But instead of photourl.jpg, put in your own photo URL. For example, this is
<img src="https://cdn.instructables.com/FWJ/14GN/H401UXBX/FWJ14GNH401UXBX.THUMB.jpg"/>



Step 5: Width and height
You don't have to be limited by the default sizes that we explored in Step 3. You can also specify a specific width or height (or both!) in the HTML. It's easy! Try:

<img src="photourl.jpg" width="200"/>


<img src="photourl.jpg" height="200"/>


<img src="photourl.jpg" width="200" height="200"/> OR <img src="photourl.jpg" height="200" width="200"/>

But when you constrain both width and height, you can distort your image.

The width of an Instructable is usually 650px. You should set your image URL to LARGE in most cases so that you have high resolution. Otherwise it might look like this:


And that's all you need to know!
To embed an image here, anyway. But if you enjoyed this small taste of power from coding, you should learn more! It comes in handy sometimes. Probably the easiest way to learn is codeacademy.org. Click the link! Try it! Just stop if you get bored.

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    29 Discussions

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    EXLAB at Georgia State University

    Does this method still work? I've tried multiple times and while it shows on the edit screen, it won't display the images either on the preview or on the final published instructable.

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    polygonface
    polygonface

    Answer 25 days ago

    It doesn't work!

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    StewieWorks
    StewieWorks

    1 year ago

    Thank you for this!!! Made my instructable day! :D

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    techart816
    techart816

    2 years ago

    No longer available with new editor

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    DonovanP
    DonovanP

    Question 2 years ago

    i dont have the "source" button, why?

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    Artuino
    Artuino

    2 years ago

    Thanks dude! this helps a lot...=)

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    offtherails2010
    offtherails2010

    3 years ago

    Nice, thanks loads !!

    Just that this is NOT working nowadays since Instructables has changed the editor layout environment :((

    Does anyone know how to fix this "img src" adding ?

    major thx in advance :)

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    Mr Maker McMakington
    Mr Maker McMakington

    Reply 2 years ago

    They changed it so that only pro members can do this. Sorry pal.

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    pumudu88
    pumudu88

    3 years ago

    This is no longer working in both chrome and firefox browsers? Is there any other way to embed images ?

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    wjsandbe
    wjsandbe

    4 years ago

    When I do this, the image appears in my editor, but once I save and preview the image disappears. Any idea what's happening?

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    JemmaP
    JemmaP

    4 years ago

    HELP!!! I don't know how to upload the photos!!!! I click on the thing that says "Click To Add Image" and drag the photos to the box (they are .JPEG btw) but I can't seem to be able to find the right button.

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    jessemckee
    jessemckee

    5 years ago on Introduction

    This changes everything! Thanks for this, this helps big time. I'm going back through and updating my Instructable to finally lay it out the way I really wanted.

    Do you have to do something special to get the SOURCE button? Most of those menu options don't appear in the edit view of my Instructables.

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    SelkeyMoonbeam
    SelkeyMoonbeam

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    The instructable is a little out of date now, good catch. Now it looks like this (use the highlighted `</>` button)

    Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 10.58.24 AM.png
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    electronichamsters
    electronichamsters

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    The <> button doesn't exist on my Instructable's Edit view. Does it for you?

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    SelkeyMoonbeam
    SelkeyMoonbeam

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Ah– when I wrote this, I think it was a pro feature. It's possible that it still is.

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    shazni
    shazni

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Is it possible to embed a gif animation in an instructable where the notes are written? below is my instructable and the GIF animations only animates when it's clicked on.

    https://www.instructables.com/id/Swirly-PVC-Pendant-Light/?comments=all#CKE9WDZHWJ79WSY

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    SelkeyMoonbeam
    SelkeyMoonbeam

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Good question.. I don't know. I'd suspect that animate-only-on-click is something the programmers of instructables put in there on purpose to make GIFs less distracting.