I've been experimenting with actions in Photoshop Elements. It's amazing what one click of a button can do to a photo. You can get all sorts of looks. Here are a few too many examples of actions (apologies for subjecting you to the same photo over and over again). This is the original photo, which is pretty decent but could use a little pizazz:
For the sake of demonstration, I did not tweak the opacity at all. You run the action, and his is what you get. Also, I'm showing fairly subtle enhancement actions, not actions that give dramatic, artsy looks.
Paint the Moon actions:
Heart & Soul.
Which is your favorite?
I find myself drawn to the brighter, more vibrant ones. But the softer ones are great too. There are so many amazing actions out there. Running them is the easy part. Choosing is the hard part. I could spend all day playing with actions.