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You can visit their website for a huge selection of free backgrounds available that you can use on your website.
You will save background image to your hard drive same as you would any normal graphic image or clip art. Simply hold your mouse over background image you would like to use, right-click your mouse, and click on "Save Background As". A screen will pop up for you to save image to your hard drive. You can name image whatever you would like with .gif being suffix.
Such as: mybackgroundimage.gif
Once your background image is in place, you may begin designing with tables.
On sample web page you viewed earlier, I inserted one table that was 730 Pixels in width first. I chose a color for my table that was complimentary to background, and then began typing.
Next, I created a second table within first table, and gave it two columns or "cells". I resized column or "cell" on right to be only 20% of entire table width. This creates a sidebar navigation section on right. I also colored this table white to distinguish it from rest of web page.
Please remember to insert your background image before beginning your design with tables. Some designers place a background image, and then begin their writing without tables. But, I recommend using tables for simple fact that it helps you to organize your web pages and keeps everything in it's rightful place on your page when others are viewing it.
I hope you'll be able to accomplish many new looks with these simple little tips.
Candice Pardue, author of the new Graphic Design Training Course for beginners. Go here to learn more about the course and to take your first graphic design lesson FREE... http://www.webmastercourse.com/graphics-tutorial/