Using Micosoft Power point for creating graphics.If one has an imagination and a bit of creativity than one can use Microsoft POWER POINT 2007 for creating really cool graphics or icons.
it's default effects are very easy to apply and you don't need to be an expert on graphics. these glossy effect are hard to create in otherwise Graphics creating software. here are some icons I made using PPT default shapes and applied effects.
If you are willing to explore Power Point further than you can customize most of the shape and effects. here is one symbol I designed using PPT. I wanted this web.2 glossy feel in here. it was very easy to find this look in PPT. If I had to do the same thing in Flash, photoshop or some other software I could have had hard times.
So, go explore and try your hand at MS Power point.