GIMP & HTML 2: CSS, Backgrounds, Image Maps and Buttons

Brian Jackson, Author/Publisher/Educator

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4 Videos (28m)
    • An Introduction to CSS

    • Using Background Images

    • Creating GIMP Image Maps

    • Creating HTML Button Effects


About This Class

GIMP & HTML 2: CSS, Backgrounds, Image Maps and Buttons

Create Free and Inexpensive Web Graphics

In this class I'll teach you how to use the free Gnu Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) to produce stunning web graphics on a PC or a Mac. Learn to produce common web graphics such as bullets, logos, banners, separators, and buttons.

In this class we view a slide presentation explaining Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).

We then learn how to include GIMP images in our HTML pages as background images using the CSS background attributes.

We look at using image maps to map regions of an image to particular actions based on user activity. The sample page show how to display timezone information for a map of the United States.

We see how to use the img tag onmouseover and onmouseout events to swap images on the fly to produce a button rollover effect.

See you in the classroom,







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Brian Jackson


Born in Los Angeles in the middle of the last century, I have always wanted to be a writer. After twenty-five some odd years spent working in the computer industry in the heart of the Silicon Valley, first for Lockheed as a Systems Programmer and later for Cisco Systems as a test tool developer, I managed to retire early and begin my next career as a self-published author.

Along with writing and publishing my own novels I also publish the works of my wife, Melanie Jackson. During the past four years I’ve published well over 100 books in paperback and eBook formats. Oddly enough this includes eBooks on how to self-publish books and how to create professional looking book covers using the GIMP. I’ve also recorded and distributed a pair of audiobooks available for purchase on Amazon and Audible. Finally, I spend a portion of my time maintaining both my website and my wife’s website, which was developed using WordPress.

My last endeavor, begun in July of 2014, was to record training courses for distribution via Udemy. My goal was to provide low cost high quality screen cast based educational material focusing on my area of expertise; namely, self-publishing and book cover design using the GIMP. I then expanded my catalog to cover Web page development and Udemy course preparation.

My new goal is to begin recording custom material for distribution on SkillShare!!!

I currently live in the beautiful California wine country with my wife, published author Melanie Jackson, and Butterscotch the cat.