Depends a gif like the one in your avatar is ussually made with a video player that has a option to grab a screenshot, I dont have one anymore but I used to use I believe intervideo or something along those lines. Rotating banners and what not can be made in photoshop.
As for Evil Ira I still rock CS3, Ive heard mixed opinions on CS4 so for now Im just sticking with what works.
"If you get hit and it hurts hit him back you not knocked out yet."-Joe Doerksen
The Toxic Terrors (FFL)
Demetrious Johnson*Eduardo Dantas*Rafael Silva*Zach Makovsky*Michael Page