Here are a few graphics tools I’ve found that have helped me avoid having to learn Photoshop over the years:
LogoMaker This is one of my favorite graphics tools as I can crank out banners and simple logos in minutes. I’ve tried many other tools but this one is the easiest to use. It’s very limited for a graphics creator, so you pros out there will probably want to skip this one. For the artistically challenged (like me), I think its a nice tool for the price.
Box Shot 3D creates those cool 3D product images you see on most sites selling software and ebooks.
Artweaver is an easy-to-use alternative to Adobe Photoshop or Gimp for all-purpose creating and editing of graphics and images. There’s a limited free version and a paid pro version that is reasonably priced.
Paint.net, like Artweaver, is another Photoshop alternative but this one is 100% free (if you use it and like it, please consider leaving a donation for the developers).