Time for an in-depth CnC :)
*Note: +'s are positive things that add to the signature's overall appeal, -'s are things that could be improved, and ~'s are things that don't add or detract from the signature as a whole.
**Another note: These are all my opinions, so don't get offended. Honestly I shouldn't even have to say this, but you never know with some people -_-
+Blending, you've blended the render and C4D's perfectly imo
+Depth, your signature has a clear sense of depth, with effects that are both in front of and behind the render (if you want, you can get even more depth by applying a gaussian blur to the background)
+Colors, they fit... Not much else to say here :P
~Text, it's ok, some tips on improving it would be to move it closer to the render/focal point, and to maybe change the font you used on the word "Nate" as it doesn't seem to fit very well
- Color contrast, yeah yeah, I know this isn't really a category that you normally put in CnC, but I get the feeling that your signature is a tad washed out... Use either the burn/dodge tool or the levels/curves tool to add some contrast...
- Lighting, while you've done better than most in that you actually tried to emulate some light on the focal, you did it in the wrong areas. Let me explain.
When you add lighting to a signature you should look at the render to see where the light and shadows fall on it. If there is no lighting on your render than you can do whatever you want, but in the case of your specific render, the light is coming from the left hand side. You can tell because the right side of her face has a shadow on it. So the light you have on the right hand side doesn't really fit. You can remedy this by simply moving that light behind the render, and then adding a subtle outline/glow to the right side of her face to show that the light is coming from behind. For the light on the left hand side, it's on the right side, but I would move it up a little bit (around the area of the text) because it appears that the light is hitting her face from above.
I hope all of this has helped grow as an artist in some way, and if you have any questions don't hesitate to message me and I will answer to the best of my abilities (I'm not the god of Photoshop ya'know)
Also if you're wondering about any of the terminology I've used in this CnC feel free to check out the Graphics Terminology Thread
Wow man very insightful and has helped a lot, I will post an updated version later ;) Thanks Fire
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