You can use most graphics that have been saved in .gif or .jpeg formats. Graphics can be purchased or, in some cases, downloaded free from the Internet. Be sure the images can be used legally on your site.
There are many sites on the Web that provide free web clip art, but be sure you read their policies on the use of the images. Some sites only allow you to use images on non-commercial sites. Also be sure that the site owns the copyright to the images you want to download. Some web sites go around the Internet collecting images without asking permission from the true copyright holder, and this is illegal in many cases. To find free images, try visiting a search engine and typing keywords like "free clip art graphics." Visit Barry's Clip Art for one collection of images.
Perhaps you want to create your own 3D or animated (moving) graphics. Visit Media Builder to create custom banners and graphics like this:
If you want to edit your images, you can use GifWorks. The program only works with .gif images, but you can use Netmechanic.com to change your .jpeg images in to the .gif format. The original looks like this:
Once you have images, you should "optimize" them for the Web. Optimize means that you change your images so that they take up less space on your server and load faster on your pages. You can do this in several ways:
Another other great site for optimizing or creating basic effects is MyImager.
Here is what a basic image tag would look like:
Here's what this means:
Here's what it looks like on the page:
<IMG SRC="images/top.GIF" WIDTH="14" HEIGHT="16" ALIGN="Right" ALT="top" >
Now, you can tell the browser how to show your images using the code below: