I am curious to know how you handle the processing of your images. Me, simple.
1 - Open DPP, Canon's own RAW reader and delete all photos that are soft, cut off (unless there's something special about it), unrecoverable in the conversion process - basically I go for the big cull
2 - Open Photoshop and use ACR (Adobe Raw Converter) as the first step in processing, I may slightly adjust exposure, recovery slider, color temp, blacks, vibrance, saturation, presence, then on another tab, curves, then on the next tab, I sharpen a little after zooming in to 100% view, then apply noise filter if needed
3 - I do all my Photoshop adjustments in layers, that way they are not changing the original converted Tiff file
4 - I adjust levels, curves, saturation and selective colors all on their own adjustment layer
5 - If I want to clone or do some patching, I copy the background layer. If I want to work on more than one area, I copy the BG for each area, especially if major digital surgery is required (most often NOT the case), then work each new layer separately and delete if I mess up bad. Though it is always better to get it as close to "right" as possible, in camera.
6 - I add my data to the EXIF and save the TIFF file in layers so all are adjustable later, quite easily too
7 - then I use an action to convert from 16-bit to 8-bit, resize for web, and merge all layers into one
8 - I zoom into 100% view and usually apply a smart sharpen filter at 0.1 pixels, 120%
9 - Then I add my signature as another layer with an action of course.
10 -Voila! Done. It's easy once you get into the hang of it.
I do also occasionally use Lightroom and its controls are laid out similarly to ACR.