I haven't climbed up on my soapbox in a while, but today I simply cannot resist.
We have many programs to help us. They are our new darkroom and oh, what a blessing they are. However, be aware that what heals can also kill if taken in excess. Let's do our best to heal images not destroy them.
If one wants a painting, paint. If one wants a photograph, then try to take/make the best one possible. Programs that transform photographs often can make a mess of things in the hands of a novice. So...please be careful my dear friends.
A good photograph may be worth more than a thousand words, but a bad one can evoke words we do not want to hear. :-)
Remember: STOP and above all else: Keep It Simple!!!!