I'm having a hard time creating anything under the limits that doesn't look like mud.
yeah...its mostly because of the userbar though. those things put a choke hold on your sigs quality. thats why i usually only wear mine for a couple of weeks and ditch it because i cant stand having my sig look like a watered down dog turd
some things that may help you keep your quality up when sig making: small size
: obvious reasons....less space taken, less KBsless contrasting colors
: over time us artists have concluded less contrasting colors helps the quality. so fair warning, if you put a fruity rainbow in your sig...get ready for it to loook like crap.
as for colors that are the worst to downsize....red takes the cake. black and white are the easiest. less detail
: see the small black lines in your cafe lineup userbar? those things are KB killers. little stuff like that will eat your kbs very quickly...so its not always best to get super detailed for cafe sigs. also notice that the lines disapeared on my userbar when i downsized it...they just take up too much size, and photohop knows to blur it out first to maximize quality on the rest of the sig. (check out those revenge of the nerds sigs...too much going on... and as a result....poor quality and blurriness)less text
: text is usually contrasting to the sig and if you put a lot in, it can kill the quality of it. (im talking about smaller stuff..like sentences or something, not a cafe tag)
just keeping playing around with it and you will learn your own tricks man, and of course always ask questions. a lot of us guys here have learned what we do just by chit chatting and getting tips through what other guys have done