Oh.. yeah, the little icons on each folder are from other images I have found online or on my computer.
Those smilies are free for people to use, there are about a billion places you can find smilie archives that are free to download and use on your own message boards or wherever. I found the arrow on one of those free image archive sites (I did change the color), and yes it is used here on this board too. I used the WS_FTP icon I have on my desktop for the ftp image.. had to change it a little to fit the small square I placed it in, but that is where it originated from. The little script thing for the pre-installed scripts part of the control panel comes from the java script icon I found browsing through Windows Explorer, and for the free installation image I pasted the perl camel, php logo and mysql logo onto the folder.. hehe but it came out looking kind of funny.
The only images that I made myself are the small icons in each folder for the account profile, billing manager, advanced options, and all of the stats images.
How to make them look good? Well, what I do is I paste a bunch of images I find online or anywhere really that I like together, then I enlarge the image to like 500% and edit each little pixel I think looks out of place. The same goes for images I create myself.. edit and edit it until it looks presentable. Sometimes it can take a few minutes to make it look good, others take hours. You just have to take time and with experience you can piece things together and make them look good. I've been doing this for roughly 4 years now.. so with that said.. my images really should look 1000 times better!
If you'd like links to the free image archive sites I frequent, let me know. I have them in my favorites folder.. but I can paste each link if you like.