About the Internet
About Web Browsers
Why Domain Names
HTML vs XHTML
Making Webpage Files
Naming Webpage Files
About HTML Tags
Basic HTML Page
DTDs and Doctype Tags
Spaces and New Lines
Bold, Italics, More
Comments in HTML
How to Add Images
Sources of Images
Image File Formats
Color in HTML & CSS
"Web-safe" Color Chart
Formatting with Tables
Intro to CSS
Ways to include CSS
Some Useful CSS
CSS Hover for Links
Promoting Your Site
Sources of Graphics
Other people's graphics & ethics of use
Paying for graphics
If you buy the rights to use a graphic collection or hire someone to make them for you, just be sure to check which usage rights you have and abide by them.
Many people have put collections of graphics on the web. There are also some websites that will generate free personalized graphics for you to use.
See my resource page for a few places to get graphics. Searching in any search engine will also turn up many graphics.
Don't link to the graphics on their sites, this is considered bandwidth stealing.
Instead download the picture and put it in your web space. Because too many people don't understand this, many graphics sites will move their image file names around.
Graphics can be copied from the web by left clicking on them and picking 'Save image as ...' from the pop-up menu (on a Mac just hold down the mouse button).
Read the conditions of use on any site from which you take graphics. If there is no statement about use of graphics and the site is not set up for the purpose of being a free graphics site, write to the owner of that site for permission before using the picture.
Some graphics are in the public domain (not copyrighted), any one can use these on any site they wish.
Some are freeware with various restrictions - okay to use on a non-commercial site only, okay to only use a certain number of pics, okay to use as long as credit is given, or okay to use as long as you link back to their site. Follow any applicable restrictions.
You can also of course pay someone to use their graphics, hire someone to create them for you or make them yourself.
Scanning / Digital photos
Both scanners and digital cameras usually come with software that will save pictures in .gif and/or .jpg format. Adobe PhotoDeluxe is commonly included. Generally you change formats by using the File->Export command of the program PhotoDeluxe will also walk you through this under guided activities.
Adobe PhotoShop is used in many companies. It's expensive and powerful. In fact much of its power is in its ability to do advanced manipulation of photographs. It was developed for print work, not the web originally. Artists often draw images that end up on the web originally in Adobe Illustrator, but these files must then be converted and optimized for web use.
Fireworks from Macromedia is also commonly used in companies and by individuals. It is much less expensive than PhotoShop. Fireworks is the first graphics program made especially for web work and has great optimization features, tools for making image maps roll-over images, and animated gifs all built-in.
PaintShop Pro from JASC and Ulead products are less expensive programs that are also popular, especially with home users.
Alchemy Mindworks is very inexpensive and sounds good, but it didn't install properly for me so I haven't checked it out.
Gimp is a free program popular with some Linux users.
Tucows shareware site has reviews of many programs.