Here's the breakdown.. I've been in graphic design for quite sometime and I've even studied it, but admittingly, my area of specialty is definitely not coding.
I've just recently migrated over to WordPress and find the Theme system a bit overwhelming. Main reason is that I have mainly only dealt with tables and are not exactly sure how div's work. I am used to the traditional method of inserting images, etc., directly into the webpage files themselves, but with WordPress should I be inserting any changes into the CSS file?
To break down the question, if I had images that I want in the side panel as static and part of the theme and images in the header as well, do I pop these into the CSS? And also, for the Content pane, when posts are displayed, if I wanted a background image in back of the Article Title, does this go in the CSS as well?
I am aware that the files are pointing to a CSS class to display the information, but forgive me if I am not knowledged with CSS development, and forgive me if this question was utterly stupid. I just don't see much graphical sites using WordPress, and wanted to very much know how to approach designing a theme.
And one last question (I've stated this above), should I use tables?