There are many free and easy tools to help amateur Graphic Designers make visually appealing and effective creatives on a budget and without the use of Photoshop.
DesignSeeds has some gorgeous colour palettes for those of us that draw a blank when wondering what colour to use, check out Cookie Tones, colours good enough to eat!
Google Web Fonts offer nearly 600 fonts that are ready to use on your website. If you've ever wondered how a Word Cloud is created, just go to Wordle.net and you can have fun creating your own (you must have JAVA installed to do this). Use Creative Commons for photos and images to borrow, alter and attribute.
Those good people at HubSpot have produced a really handy ebook for any budding designers and marketers who think they can design but need a bit of help! Download The Marketer's Crash Course in Visual Content Creation and see how creative you can be. You can also try your hand at Infographics using these handy PowerPoint Templates. Or you can just ask us here at ASMS to do them for you!