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.




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=""/>

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 Click the link! Try it! Just stop if you get bored.

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    26 Discussions


    11 months ago

    No longer available with new editor


    Question 1 year ago

    i dont have the "source" button, why?


    1 year ago

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


    2 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 :)

    1 reply

    2 years ago

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


    2 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?


    3 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.


    4 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.

    3 replies

    5 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.

    1 reply

    Reply 4 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.

    Just tried this 'ible and am really impressed with this and once again rated 5 stars !!!

    one quick question though...

    how would i 'centre' an inserted picture like the t-shirt picture you have used as your examples ?

    what would i write in the source code to centre only one picture inserted into an instructable ??

    many thanks in advance!


    2 replies

    Good question! And an easy answer.
    Just surround whatever it is you want to center with < c e n t e r >< / c e n t e r>
    Like this: < c e n t e r > < i m g s r c = " p h o t o u r l . j p g " / > < / c e n t e r >

    (But take away the extra spaces- trying to make the comment box not read my HTML as code)

    Ok hopefully this is the last time i bug you for another hair-brained-want of mine, lol x 2 !!!

    but i really would like to change the colour of text in my instructables and was wondering if you knew how to do that ??? (if possible lol ! ! !)