Couple newish websites make it easy to make formerly complicated things:
1) BitStrips offers a surprisingly robust tool for making comic strips. Fell in love with it a little at first, but the honeymoon’s kinda wearing off. Why can’t I save strips as drafts? Why don’t I have access to *all* the characters other users have made public? Why can’t I make characters based on those characters?
2) AniMoto makes wonderfully kinetic automatic slideshows from your images, synced to a song of your choosing. You can then export the slideshows to YouTube, or dispense with them as you please.
Oh yeh, and also: This has nothing to do with templated creation, but Lifehacker’s talking about the best IM clients. Pleasingly, I see they’ve chosen Digsby, which I’ve been meaning to blog about forever. Digsby is my *jam*. It connects not only to your IM service of choice, but to your Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, and a host of other social apps. And it’s got a slick, freakishly customizable interface. And it’s fresh out of a private beta, so developers are polishing it up more every day.