I think one could play a long time with Photoshop and still not know all the capabilities. When I do explore, with the help of friends and tutorials, it is no wonder this program costs what it does, as it is amazingly powerful. This page started as a pretty dull photo, as it was very cloudy and overcast on this day in 2007 that we visited Paris. Still, Sacre Coeur stands out magnificently.
The first thing I did was a series of adjustments on the photo...a color adjustment to add some blue to the sky, a curves adjustment to bring out the outline of the building, then a brightness/contrast adjustment to further define the outlines and brighten the colors.
Texture was added via Anna Aspnes ArtPlay Palettes, and a canvas frame helped to pop it off the page. A few more glows, swirls and textures to make this look like a watercolor canvas, and the final touches, name and a few carefully placed birds.
The page will go into my 2007 Provence book, still in its infant stages.