Is there a certain...graphics system that you use? I'm not for sure how you do it exactly.
how I'm editing? I resize first if needed, then I'm taking out the text, tag, frame, rough edges etc.
Then I'm opening the picture in camera raw, again if needed, I change light, darkness of the black color,
temperature, contrast etc. The digital noise removal is very important, makes photos ready for effects,
the more smooth a photo looks like the more angry the pixels were on it. I use paintbrushes a lot in
editing, not just to do digital painting.