I've found a couple of good step-by-step tutorials on how to make clear, attractive icons in Photoshop, most notably isabel0329's, but I still stink when it comes to doing text and I would love to see some more tutorials that deal with this issue. Right now, when I make an icon, it seems to take 2-3 hours on the average, of which I spend about 1/4 of the time on the picture and 3/4 mucking about with the text trying to make it look half-decent. This strikes me as a little excessive. :)
Anyway, if you've come across a decent tutorial in your travels, would you mind sharing the link in the comments? Thanks muchly.