Hi, I'm quite new to web design but wondering if someone could give me an insight into the design software used to create websites.

I have seen a lot of people talking about using Photoshop on here for designs, but a few tutorials online I have watched use Fireworks. Firstly which one of these is most effective- I understand Photoshop has a lot more features, but Fireworks is easier to use?

Also, do you fully design the website then use slices to import it into dreamweaver, or do you just design elements in photoshop/fireworks?

Thanks in advance?