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My inquiry pertains to background graphics. Specifically, not the texture kind of background images but the kind of 3D-looking left panel graphics that require very little memory.
My questions are:
(1) Is there a place on the Internet where such images can be obtained legally for free for use on other commercial websites?
(2) Is there a free software tool that is extremely easy to use which will enable one to make the same kind of professional looking, round-edged images?
Thank you in advance for your assistance in this matter.
[edited by: mivox at 10:56 am (utc) on Oct. 6, 2003]
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If you're talking about the shadow, you can do that in either Fireworks or Photoshop. Probably easiest to do in Fireworks since it's pretty small, not very complicated.
If you have any of these programs, I suggest you play around with the 'drop shadow' effect.
The 'rounded' look (which I didn't see on the left column) can be acheived a multitude of ways, the easiest of which is to use a gradient (top to bottom) fill. An alternate way is to use Gaussian blur on two overlapping elements (one for base colour, one for highlight).
Search for photoshop and fireworks tutorials on the net, you'll be making graphics in no time.
I don't know of any free graphics software, you could do a search on Freshmeat.net or sourceforge.net
Hope that helps.
The basic page layout with a left navigation column being a different color than the rest of the page is a classic, and most large free web graphics sites will have a fairly large selection of that kind of graphic.
Alternatively, you can post a 'help wanted' post over in our Commercial Forum, and I'm sure one of the members could sort you out with a custom graphic at a very reasonable price. :)