Is it possible that we could get the template that is already filled in so we can use it for comparison and also to get the idea on how to do more complicated things such as water and fire.
The templates are just for layout, not the actual image sizes. I've updated the posts to specify the exact image sizes for each resolution.
No, I don't want people submitting texture packs that are just the originals with edits.
This may be the case but this information could be stated at the beginning of the picture or as a water mark over it, let people know that the pack would not be added. It helps a lot to have the original image in many different fields, especially for animation/sky effects, things like that.
It is also needed in order to see how items should be placed, for example, in Minecraft a pickaxe is made diagonally, in TM it is up straight, how would someone know that? I only know from the previous images.