Woo go Mihawk lol. The best tool is the magic wand that is godly. Make sure to play around with the tolerance on all tools, like on the wand it would select a broader or less broad range. Also download some brushes. I forget the site that is good but devin art or something is where most get them. Do some tutorials also those help.
Very creative Mihawk. I'm guessing you use photoshop of some sort. Try going to this link: http://browse.deviantart.com/. This is the place Flame was talking about. If you search paintshop brushes, just look for some you like and download them. Also, as Flame suggested, do some tutorials to learn how to create other interesting items. Here are a few places I found: www.createblog.com (go to tutorials then paintshop), http://www.pslover.com/ (look to your left on the navi. for items you might wish to see more). That's all I can help with. If your using PSP of some kind let me know and I'll edit the links for some that match.
Yea that site is the one. I should go download some more but I never know which ones to pick theres too many xD. I have been trying to make website templates all week but they are coming out so bad I just can't do them.