The tools I use for editing images:
Great program to quickly edit, catalog and export photo’s.
Adobe Photoshop CS6
Besides Lightroom the most used software by me to edit my images.
A great plugin I use for photoshop to get more detail in images. I use this plugin to get the most detail out of stock-images or non-hdr background photos.
I use this plugin to add some creative touches on the end-results of my images as part of my final touches. In almost all of my images I used this plugin.
As an amature photographer & retoucher, I am not making money. That makes it difficult to find the means to get all the tools I want. On my short wanted list I have:
Nik’s Color Efex Pro, also a great plugin to add some creativity on your images. The pro version costs almost 200 dollars.
For easier retouching of skin I would consider Oneone software’s Perfect Portrait 2. Or Imagenomic Portraiture. I have used the trial version of Portraiture and it is awesome and would make skin retouching a lot faster and safe me some time. Too bad its almost 200 dollars.
An awesome book to learn to create stunning composites is Photoshop Compositing Secrets: Unlocking the Key to Perfect Selections and Amazing Photoshop Effects for Totally Realistic Composites. I still use this book very often.