Edit: So I can get into the school's photoshop again and I've been looking into Manga Studio. Anyone know anything about it?
For a while now, I've relied on the Photoshop available at my school in order to color and improve my artwork but since I've had a bit of a money cushion lately, I decided I was going to bite the bullet and get my own for home use. Which, of course, was the same time that Adobe decided 'screw you college students with limited finances' and made their product a subscription based one and my school seems to have locked me out of their Adobe products. Frankly, as someone who is not going to be using the program for anything outside of pleasure, I am less than pleased with this discovery.
So, all this to say, what programs do y'all use and are there any that do not come on a subscription basis or are cheaper than Photoshop? Or am I wasting my time and should buy the damn thing?