I think it's nice, but there are a few things I could point out; only to help you.
I work in the graphic design field for a living, so my eye has been trained to spot out small things, imperfections.
Don't take any of what I say as an insult, I'm only trying to help you!
- The bevel and emboss: either needs to be toned down in color (i.e the white a darker grey shade) or set the white on the bevel and emboss to overlay, and reduce the opacity a few percent.
- The outer glow(Lettering): once again, with this outer glow it needs to be reduced in opacity, I'd reduce it to, say, around 65%. This makes the text look a lot clearer, and doesn't distract a person's sight to the outside. What you have going on, takes away from the lettering - and instinctively makes a person focus more on the background (which I'm sure you don't want!)
- Ghillie suit people (lol): You did something smart by placing the outer glow on the characters, I'm assuming you did it because the cut out's edges looked rough, and pixelated? A trick to this is to take the softening brush, and run it around the edges a few times. This way you don't get that cheap/overdone look. But again, smart move - something most beginners wouldn't think of!
- The smoke effect: I like this effect in this piece, I just think it stands out a little too much, and makes the whole picture a little... busy. Try to tone down the brightness of it, with either a reduction in brightness/addition in contrast, or even just select the layer and reduce its opacity!
Keep up the good work, and you'll just keep getting better. (:
@Eccentric That is some bold CnC. I love your feedback man, very thorough.
@imicron This is quite good for a first. However, if you want to focus on making forum signatures and etc., try working on a smaller dimension size. Mess around with brushes, text, filters, and etc. until you get used to it.