Here are a couple tools to help you add gradients to your site.
Would you like to add a nice gradient to an element on your site? Fortunately, there are some awesome tools to make such an endeavor fairly straightforward, especially if you've used gradients in other programs. Here's a pretty cool one with cross-browser support (including Internet Exploder).
CSS can be a funny thing. Something complicated like gradients can be relatively straightforward, while simply rotating text can be a bear to no end, especially when you desire cross-browser functionality. Here's a good intro to rotating text. Unfortunately, when I tried I had major issues with both positioning and appearance in Internet Exploder.
A (limited) CSS-only approach for styling placeholders, along with a way to work around the limitations with a custom JS-based solution.
In working with CSS you're going to come across a class called "clearfix" at some point.
CSS is hard, but we make it that way. Keep to the basics and you'll be empower yourself to build and scale products quickly.