Right Click on Panel -- Properties -- BackGround TAB -- click on BackGround Image and select Image.
1) There are a lot of guys that have some slick-looking skins on their top and bottom panels. I've looked, and might simply be a little slow, but I can't find them.
Right Click on Panel -- Add to Panel.
2) There is a clear bar containing the quick-launch icons that I'd like to have, and again, I might just be a little slow, but I haven't found it either.
Could you point me in the right direction?