Softeware for graphics - LETTERING

Im getting really tired of messing about with layers, fades, transparency, and all the messing around thats involved every time I want to make a new lettering design on my site.

Can anyone recommend an app that just does lettering? - Need to be able to grab a font and turn it from something flat into something interesting / textured / 3d in a few mouse clicks.

Is there any software that will do this without all the messing around required by CoredDraw and Photoshop?