Photoshop is the industry standard tool for doing the graphics work in web design. The first step would be to learn the fundamentals of this tool so that you can draw out your website design.
As with any software tool, Photoshop is best learned by doing. Hence books and tutorials that provides step-by-step approach where you can follow along is best. It also helps if the books and tutorials have a lot of pictures and screen shots.
Here are some resources and web links to help you get started.
- Adobe Photoshop CS5 Classroom in a Book
- Photoshop CS5: The Missing Manual
Then there are tutorials that shows you how to design certain elements of a website such as designing menus and buttons.
For the title of the website, you may want to apply some graphical text effect treatment so that the title in the masthead is not just plain text. Here are some tutorials for creating text effects…
Applying texture to the background of your web page will add extra sophistication. Here are some tutorials to create texture in Photoshop…