Thanks! The fire background is what I like the most. I had seperated the canvas into 3 sections horizontally with black at the top, then red, and yellow at the bottom. Then I used the smudge tool to blend it all together. It actually looks like a real fire. I was impressed. As for the cutout, I did as I was told and zoomed in at about 400% and it was ALOT easier to trace. The text I had a problem with, I couldn't get the font I downloaded to show up on the program. I sent my finished product to Microsoft Paint and applied the text there. Took a little longer, but it worked. I'd like to find out how to blend colors in text, but that'll come later.
Thanks for all your help, guys. I've already starting on my next creation
...I'll be a "certified cafe sigmaker" in no time.