I'm looking for a tutorial or some advice on how to take a really crappy quality picture (eg. blurry, dark, etc.) and turn it into a good quality icon. I know its possible, but i just can't find any tutorial where the original image isn't like, fantastic quality. I'm a relative beginner to icon making, and the main barrier that i've come across is the fact that i can never get the images light enough or sharp enough or clear enough. I'd really appreciate any advice that anyone can give me!
As an example, I've got this pic:
, and it's not very good quality. I'm just not sure what i would do with it to make it better. I've tried some curves, and duplicating the image and then setting to softlight or screen, but nothing seems to work very well. I use PSP X.