Firstly, my apologies if this is not the correct forum.
I'm new to Drupal - as in a few days. I am used to hard-coding a site or using tools like Dreamweaver. The disconnect I need help with on the one hand is the development approach where I can place anything anywhere on a site by just a few lines of code. And on the other hand the fluid/dynamic approach of Drupal where placing an entity, for example an image, is dependent on a seemingly myriad of contextual considerations.
I've worked through a couple of books and several tutorials. I can create calendars, workflows; I can use taxonomy, views, blocks. But what I need is one starting point common to both the coding methodology and the Drupal way. If I have just that one point I can translate what I know from my bad old days of hard-coding into a new Drupal utopia. It's a matter of converting 'know how' into understanding.
Now, after that long preamble, what I'd like to know is how (without hard-coding or CSS) to place an image 100px from the top of the screen and 200px from the side.