I normally use Fireworks and find it to be pretty good, but people mock it in such a way that I've decided it's time to expand my knowledge a little and learn something else. The way I see it, there are two main alternatives; Photoshop and GIMP.
Now, I've played around with both, and whilst Photoshop does indeed seem a lot better than GIMP for doing website design, I'm still not really getting on very well with it at all, at present I'm tempted to stick with Fireworks even though I know I really shouldn't, I mean, do they even make Fireworks any more?
fwiw, I'm a sucker for web 2.0 stuff, so I'm looking at creating that whole clean-yet-modern-and-shiny look ;o
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