Designing your web site
Graphics add a little spice to your site. But don't overdo it. Graphics will slow your site down, and people have very little patience.
You can get graphics from many sources.
What's the difference between jpg and gif?
Gif vs. jpg format Use gif for artwork like logos and Clip art use jpg files for photos. See http://www.wfu.edu/~matthews/misc/jpg_vs_gif/JpgVsGif.html for excellent examples.
Gather graphics that will be useful for your web site. Use any of the resources listed above. If you need graphics quick and easy for creating a rough layout, you can grab images off other web sites by right-clicking on the image and then select "Save Picture As..." Be sure to replace these images with ones you have rights to before "going live" with your web site. Save them to your "My Documents" folder in a subfolder such as "My Pictures." You should create yet another subfolder for web graphics. You do not want to co-mingle web graphics with family photos. (creating folders)
Be sure to get the following:
www.clipart.com is a subscription service, but it's a great resource, usually worth the price for the convenience.
www.istockphoto.com is a pay-as-you-go service, and a fantastic bargain.
The following are free.
Other Stock Photography Collections
Saving images from other web sites
Or right click on any image you see on any site and save to hard drive. (May violate Federal Copyright Laws if you do this for commercial purposes. But for a class exercise, I wouldn't worry about it.)