this was a reply to another thread but i think its a pretty good guide for beginners that want to use gimp for creating websites. __________________________________ I believe that gimp can provide you with almost all your layout design needs and I would recommend the following first of all have have tried the standard gimp? if not then I recommend that because it's always up to date and your always going to find more support then lets say gimpshop. but if you already tried the normal gimp but find it hard to adapt to the floating windows then i suggest you try Gimphoto instead of gimpshop because gimpshop seems to be slow in updating there versions and there latest is still using 2.2 while Gimpoto is on 2.4 and it has all the same photoshop style menus & one window layout with added bonus's like brushes,web 2.0 gradients (the one we converted) and also a nice clean theme thats even better then gimp. here are the links gimp http://www.gimp.org gimphoto http://www.gimphoto.com/ gimpshop http://www.gimpshop.com/ once you decide which one your going to use then here are some great web related tutorials for gimp from gimp-tutorials.net layout tutorial: blog layout http://gimp-tutorials.net/blog-theme-design-with-gimp website laout http://gimp-tutorials.net/node/102 blog/website layout http://gimp-tutorials.net/websitetutorial website http://gimp-tutorials.net/node/71 logo: just a few of mine that might help, i'm sure there are many more around the web. http://gimp-tutorials.net/prologo_withgimp http://gimp-tutorials.net/Creating-logo http://gimp-tutorials.net/node/91 navigation tutorials http://gimp-tutorials.net/node/111 http://gimp-tutorials.net/modern_naviga ... mptutorial http://gimp-tutorials.net/node/197 once you have your layout your going to need to slice it. in gimp 2.4 there is a filter that helps with slicing or you can do it with this method shown in this tutorial below. http://gug.sunsite.dk/tutorials/template/ once you have all your images sliced up, your going to need to put it together using porper xhtml/css markup or just a visual editor like these HTML Editors: kompozer- http://www.kompozer.net/ WYSIWYG Web Builder - http://www.wysiwygwebbuilder.com Attentively you could find a freelancer and pay him to code your image layout to basic xhtml/css or even wordpress CMS.