A little small still but looks pretty cool with the fading. For cropping, rotating images I use XnView. For the gradient editing and other bits Gimp works well though understanding the program initially can be quite complicated.
At any rate, just something I thought I'd share with you my readers. Got about another 1 1/2 hours spare so time to pop on Wow and work some more on my Rogue who's in the Badlands at the moment. Looking forward to punching Deathwing in the face again tehe... Big thanks to Rioriel for advice etc...