For the task of mip&mop.
The photoshop almost can do everything to images like fixing, color correcting and grading , and creating images from nothing as you can see below:
For me, I use photoshop for years, but just use it as a tool to help me to process my photographs, creating various layers to adjust picture’s white balance, tone, brightness & darkness, blur, sharpen and adding optical flare. There are some photos I took in trip, and these are corrected by photoshop a little bit. Take the left side picture. Because for gaining details of sky and cloud, the grass land have to be lack of exposure, so I use pen tool of the photoshop to make the grass brighter. The right side picture, to enhance the spot of the bull, I use pen tool to blur foreground and background, then I create couple of layers to emphasize the light upon the hair of the cow.
Hover, I have to say that my skills of processing images are not as good as one of my friend I met who is really professional. She really know how to use the photoshop’s pen tool, eraser and layers professionally. She told me the most important skill in color grading is using pen tool and eraser, to render what you mostly want to show, and decrease what is not important in your picture.
To see more her photos, just click her blog <http://my.poco.cn/lastphoto_v2-htx-id-3581070-user_id-64210248-p-0.xhtml >
I think the photoshop probably is the best and the most popular imaging editing software, even in modern culture, photoshop becomes a verb to express that the pictures are manipulated. It frees the creativity of photographers and visual artists. Based on the digital technology, the layer system of photoshop makes infinitive possibilities and no longer to be afraid of damaging original files as each layer works dependently.