@hitmo - photoshop isn't too difficult. There are lots of online tutorials. Of course, practice makes perfect though. But I when I ran Tribune, all the pages I did were photoshop and I learned it on the spot while creating. Granted, that's also why some of the pages looked real crappy on the 1st issue And also why I burned out so quickly (took me like, 2 hours a page to make since I was learning and trying to figure out what to do at same time).
But the actual learning tutorial process (especially just for fun) should only take 10 minutes or so. All sorts of online tutorials and videos that are easy to follow and tweak