I'm new to the forum here. I'm a graphic designer who focuses on web design most often. Lately I've been feeling as though it's sort of pointless to create web graphics if I don't know how to apply them. My new goal is to learn how to code websites so that my graphics aren't essentially useless. With this in mind, I'm seeking some advice as to which language would be most applicable for my uses.
Here's what I'm thinking so far:
HTML 5 would be the most valuable language to learn since it's the most widely recognized language in any (modern) internet browser.
I know CSS is used often, but I feel as though I could achieve most of the same effects using HTML 5.
My question is where should I start? If I do go the HTML 5 route, would it be extremely hard if I only have extremely basic knowledge of HTML in the first place? Also, which software seems to be the generally best to use in this regard?
Excuse my newb-like initial thoughts, but I really feel like my "net worth" as they call it would go up if I can both code and design.