Looking at some of the Themes and Layouts some of you all have created, and aspiring to do so myself, I was struck by the beautiful images many people use on their blogs. So to that, I have a couple of questions:
1) Are these images you have found around the internet? If so, where and under what license? (I've seen stuff at Deviant Art, but are there others?)
2) If you are creating them, what programs are you using? I have Photoshop and Illustrator for Windows but confess I have not spent enough time to be overly proficient at creating images. I also use Linux (actually, much prefer it) and have tried The Gimp. Again, with limited success. Anyone know of any good tutorials?
I have an idea for where I want to take my blog. Currently, it's using a semi-stock theme I found. While it's nice, it's rather generic and I really don't care for it from an artistic standpoint. However, now that I'm becoming more proficient at CSS and XHTML (as well as php), I want to try to create a theme that matches what I can design on paper.
A little background -- I used to do a lot of layouts for flyers and professional publications. However, I had very good artists and layout people so I did very little of the graphics creation (other than the preliminary sketches). Therefore, I feel I have a good eye for design, but no skills to back it up!
Thanks in advance for any help! And everyone, keep up the great work! You are all inspiring me to lean!