It's been brought to my attention that I had yet to do any homework.
Of course, the current assignment is my least favorite thing...dark fuzzy pictures.
I cut little Ophelia right out of her meowmy's loving arms (with the magnetic lasso), and attempted to make several layers. For some reason, I was having issues with the drag and drop...it kept dropping her off the page. So I ended up only working with two layers.
I brightened them both. One layer I did gaussian blur and a soft outer glow and layered it on top of the other. Then I cut the transparency to 50% on the blurred layer. I then merged the two.
When I do eyes, I don't cut them out as many do, I paint them in. I saw that Ophelia still had "kitten blue" eyes, so I painted in some blue with a 1 pixel sized brush, and made a tiny 4 pixel-sized highlight in the eye. Since the other eye was so underlit, I left it in the dark. Since I couldn't work with too many layers, I went for clarity over softness.
I made a simple background with gray/lavender as the first layer, the second layer was a simple brush in gray/blue, and a third layer in gray/pink.
Since the design of the background was whimsical, and Ophelia is such a romantic name, I chose a font that would fit in with both of those things, using lower case. I chose green/gray for the color, and added a soft drop shadow to help it stand out since it is such a delicate font.
I then merged all the layers, and gave the whole thing a soft inner glow.
Bada bing, bada boom...a siggy.
Can I make a suggestion for a future challenge/tutorial...that is Eithne, if you're up to teaching all of us...I would love to make brushes. I don't know if all of the programs have this capability, but I think it would be fun. I once made a brush (of jinjin's face), but couldn't figure out how to save it. I think it would be great fun!