The first page's navigation is just a JQuery slider. I'm note sure I understand the layout question. Dreamweaver is not a graphics editing tool, it's for web programming. You will need Photoshop, Fireworks, Illustrator, Paint Shop Pro, etc, etc, type of a program to create graphics and then slice them up for use in Dreamweaver.
We would really like to be able to accomplish these feats with nothing more advanced then JQuery
We'd liked the same type of navigation as found at the top of this website (naturally with different images and text).
This was done with sliding doors, see here http://mac-host.com/slidingdoor/
And the same general layout of this website (with different images and colors).
For newbies, this will be a huge challenge. The site contains an abundance in JQuery. All I can say, crawl before you creep.
We would really like to be able to accomplish these feats with nothing more advanced then JQuery, but if we must learn, then we must.
Prompt assisstance would be very much appreciated.
I did my best
PS - Is this the wrong place to ask this sort of question?
Actually, it is. This forum is not a school, but we are willing to help anyone with specific problems. You problem is humongous. Please have a look here http://forums.adobe.com/thread/470404
I was a bit unclear about the second site. Look at the sides, and scroll down the website. Is there some way to have an attached image and a gradient in the background??
In this there are codes of jquery and you will get to know how to make best use of it. Also provided a video for better understanding.