- Create a new guide by clicking here.
- Under “What type of guide is this?” choose “Technique” or “Replacement” from the drop down menu. (Most Fast Fix projects will either cover a specific repair technique for a broken item or the replacement of a broken part.)
- Give your guide a short, descriptive title. For example, you could write a technique guide entitled "How to Patch a Flat Tire" or a replacement guide entitled "Skateboard Wheel Replacement." (If there's already an automatically generated title or partial title such as "Fast Fix Replacement" in this box, go ahead and change it to something more descriptive.)
- Write a short summary for your guide. The summary is used in search results, so keep it brief (one or two sentences), and include any terms or phrases that your readers would be likely to search for. A good example of a summary might be, "Fix a hole in your jeans by sewing on a denim patch."
- Click the “Show More” button. This brings up some additional fields for your guide.
- Write a short introductory paragraph for your guide. The introduction should contain any background information a reader would need before they begin. Think about what you would tell a friend before doing this guide: any special requirements, hazards, why this fix might be needed, etc.
- Add the "Fast Fix" tag to your guide. In the Tags section at the lower right, fill in the phrase Fast Fix—and be sure to click 'Add' then 'Save Tags.'
- Leave the “Flags” section alone for now. At the bottom of the page, you may see some auto-generated "In Progress" or “Student In Progress” flags that mark your guide as being part of a student project. It's okay to leave these alone for now.
- Click “Save.” Congratulations! You’re ready to start your guide and will now be taken to the Edit page for the first step.
For each step in your guide, you’ll add both written instructions and photos demonstrating those instructions. Let's go over photos first; we'll cover guide text in Checkpoint 2.
Preparing and Uploading Your Pictures
Before adding pictures to your guide, you can use Photoshop or other software to lighten up or crop them so that they look better.
- Please do NOT use Photoshop to add markup to pictures. Instead, use iFixit's built-in markup tool (more on this below). This way your teammates and collaborators can edit the markup, whereas Photoshopped markup is permanently attached to the picture.
- Keep your pictures as large as possible in terms of resolution. If a picture is 4000 x 3000 pixels in size, so be it! We love large images.
- Click on the camera icon to upload a photo. This brings up your personal media manager, where you can manage your existing photos and upload new ones.
- Crop your photos if necessary. Our software will prompt you to crop your photos to a 4x3 aspect ratio using the built-in tool. 4x3 is standard throughout the site; no other formats are permitted.
ARRRRRRR you ready to move on?
Better take one more peek with your good eye. Review all the requirements so that your grade doesn’t end up walking the plank and sleeping with the fishes. Send us your sample photos by uploading them into your guide and emailing a link to techwriting[at]ifixit[dot]com.