Where do they come from?

Lots of collections of GIF and JPG images are available for sale on CD ROM, but choose with care. Many apparently different collections may actually contain the same images and they tend to have an American bias. You can also buy collections of web graphics that contain a variety of co-ordinated styles and designs.

There are many sources of free web images. Many ISP's provide libraries of images, but you do run the risk of having the same images on your site as anyone else connected to the same ISP.

Scan your own photographs and save them as JPG files, or create your own original images in a graphics package and save them as GIF, JPG or PNG files.

Ready made co-ordinated web graphics:

Corel Web Spice collection http://www.webspice.com Link opens in a new window

To create web graphics:

Corel Paint Shop Pro http://www.corel.co.uk/ Link opens in a new window (formerly JASC Paint Shop Pro)

To edit and modify images:

Microsoft Picture It! (included with Microsoft Word) http://www.microsoft.com Link opens in a new window

To create standard, 3D and animated images:

Xara http://www.xara.com/ Link opens in a new window

To create animated GIF images:

Alchemy Mindworks GIF Constructor Set http://www.mindworkshop.com/alchemy/gifcon.html Link opens in a new window

Ulead GIF Animator http://www.ulead.com/ga/runme.htm Link opens in a new window

Background tile sources:

http://www.sfsu.edu/~jtolson/textures/textures.htm Link opens in a new window

http://www.best.com/~drzeus/Art/Textures/Textures.html Link opens in a new window

Royalty free images: Links to external web sites, open in new windows

Shawn's Clipart & Webateria Realm Graphics iStockPhoto.com free animated gifs