Adobe or something cheaper?

Hi all. I’m new here and relatively new to web design and am now looking to take my skills onto a new level.

As a budding new web designer, I’m now considering which software is best. My assumption was that I’d have to go with Adobe. However, after reading a few comments on here, there are some who consider it to be too expensive given that there are other options out there which could also be better.

I was hoping for advice from experienced people who could let me know if you think Adobe is the way to go or recommend any other software.

Thank you and grateful in advance

You can definitely do without the Adobe programs for web design. Coda is a favorite for doing HTML/CSS, and there are some good alternatives to Photoshop for creating your website graphics and visual layouts. [URL=“http://www.pixelmator.com”]Pixelmator is an excellent and cheap option.

Bohemian Coding also makes some interesting Mac applications that look like nice alternatives to Illustrator. Don’t know much about them, but they look cool.