Ryan, do you start with the render, I always add it last and can never seem to get it to blend properly with the BG, it looks really weird on all blending options...
With a basic sig, you always want your render to be one of the first things you place in.
It allows for the blending process to begin early and sort of "unfold" with the signature as it progresses, if you will.
Also, don't use blending options to blend a render.
Use parts of the bg, brushes, smudging, filters, etc.
Anything to make it look like it's PART of the sig, not just slapped on there.
In my current sig, not only did I have effects behind my render, but I had some in front of him as well.
This made him blended into the image.
i believe what they are trying to say is blend the bg with the render instead of the render with the bg. I myself suck and am trying to improve but oh well. I think thats a great first attempt.
the bottom one just doesnt relate so I don't exactly like that. Sry