> Not only do I need to learn how to make the
> images but also how to put them into the HTML -- how it all works
> together well.
might be helpful. Do searches at w3.org
for 'img' 'png' 'jpg' and 'gif'.
Do the same at alistapart.com.
> Does anybody know of which software to use and good books that have
> good examples and so on?
Download the Gimp; also download documentation for it.
Takes a few hours of experimenting to get up to speed.
The time spent will be well worth the trouble.
For <em>webpages</em> it's as powerful as photoshop.
Don't settle for one of the less powerful packages just because
it might not require several hours of study. Be sure to get
Gimp 2, the newest version.