I often find that my images are just a little dull when I finish them, even though there may be lots of layers, shaders, textures and glows to make them come alive. I usually find that I have to tweak the contrast a little, resize with antialiasing, unsharp mask and add a signature, and sometimes a frame of sorts.
Merlin's Quest ( as generated, UF multiple layers)
The second one seems more exciting, more harmonious, more 'finished'.
Merlin's Quest (contrast balanced, USM and resize)
But is there more I could be doing to bring out the beauty? What are your favorite techniques in postwork? Help me out here, folks!