if you're using photoshop, holding shift and dragging to resize the image will lock the proportions and automatically anti-alias it so that it doesn't look so choppy at the edges.
Other than that, well, blending effects would work nicely. The text seems pretty standard, try setting it to overlay or screen or something... And add some renders in there.
But it's pretty cool, i guess. You have a long ways to go, but everyone's been there.
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