Texture painting alternatives to Blender?
I tried the axe exercise after putting it off for a while, and found it to be by far the most frustrating experience I've ever had with Blender. It's like, even though I save my images and my file, every time I reload, there's always a problem: maps other than the base will always black regardless of blending mode, sometimes images don't load automatically and manually loading them does nothing, sometimes my paint slots will disappear, etc.
What's a better, more reliable alternative for texture painting? I know many recommend Substance, but the price is pretty steep, and isn't it mainly only for PBR? I hear good things about 3DCoat but yet to try it. Photoshop has always been good for me with 2D images, but I'm not sure how to utilize it for 3D.