to make icons you need a programme like paintshop pro7 or 8, and/or fireworks. If you crop a specific image to 100x100 pixels, you can put text on it. for effects, fireworks does frames - thats when you get one picture to flick to another. Painshop pro has an "effects" menu up by "file" and "edit", where you can change the coloures, texture, etc. Thats the basics, if you wanna know anymore, just ask, im happy to help as much as is in my capacity.