What shall I use for web graphics editing?

Hi Everybody!
We’d like to open a new department for web site design, but I know nothing about PRO graphics software. Can you tell me what software to choose and what it will cost me?
Thanks in advance for your help!

Macromedia Fireworks is good, Adobe has some good products, and there are some others.

Depends on what you want?
Do you want to edit photos or are you more into creating graphics?

Adobe Photoshop is a superior program for photo editing, but is quite expensive. Furthermore, to get the most out of Adobe Photoshop, you need plugins…and plugins are extra (mostly by 3rd party).

Macromedia has some great products too…But these programs are more for vector graphics I believe…