Another day another dollar. Now that im working with flash and I recommend the same, that you get yourself the right tools to work with the images.
It’s all about the images and the presentation.
For creating my main images I used Corel’s PhotoImpact, before used to be owned by Nova development, it has all the goodies you want in a non-photoshop environment. Plus I find PS to hard to grasp for the regular day to day task.
And you CAN import photoshop files and add-ins so its a real treat plus it loads faster. 🙂
Also another really good utility is one called Xnview located here
Free, Has all the goodies you want in a graphic convert, view and even rebuilds your thumbnails file when its getting slow or corrupted. There is even a XP shell for it,highlight the images right in your explorer window and from there convert them!.There is also a external program which great features but is a little quirky when using .PNG files.
Also if you take a lot of pictures and find it a pain to be resizing them you can download this free tool,
and just by dropping your file or folder over the file it will do the magic.
free, It contains many options such as replace in place or create new file, resize and keep certain degree of quality, and much more, and the cool part is that its all done by the filename.
As for Icon’s and other goodies surf the web, all the one’s ive used are free.