When I had modified my full character Illustrations, I came to the conclusion that it wasn't enough just to have them as an image spray-glued to the back of my character builder printout 4th edition character sheets. -I needed to make my own. I opened the laptop, made an incomplete-as-possible character in the builder and saved the file as a PDF. I took the PDF to Photoshop CS5 and then the magic began.
I played around with the selection tool for awhile, sectioned off stat blocks that I felt went well together and played musical chairs with my two-page layout. When I was happy with it, I erased what little character information the builder did manage to include and I inserted an image into the background. I changed up the opacity of the stat blocks, took one of the full-body illustrations I had saved to insert on the first page, and that was basically project complete. I wanted to leave the blocks empty so that I could change the information as my character grew in level, acquired equipment, etc. However, I did type in things that shouldn't change often such as his natural height, weight, age, vision, deity, favored weapon(for melee basic,) etc. Not only does the layout look nicer visually, but it also is cleaner and more compact. My death saving throws are closer to my hp, there's a section for second wind next to the healing surges, and other goodies like a larger inventory box that includes sections for currency. My mods, scores and checks are all in one convenient space and easily distinguishable from each other. I got rid of all that extra space on the feats page and condensed it to a box. The new skill section is a favorite part of mine. I elongated the score boxes to be able to include situational bonuses like the use of thieve's tools(+2 thievery) on a lock. It's now large enough to write out 15/17. This could be used differently as well. -Instead of checking the side box to indicate that the skill is trained, one could use that space for the situational item bonus.
I love how every time I get asked defenses, or have to take off HP from my character, I get to see a great illustration of the guy. It helps me to think of roleplay reactions to such things. Other good things? I get to save ink and paper (I only print out the power cards at new levels now,) and have a great looking character sheet. If anyone wants the Photoshop document layout for the sheet, just send me a message with your email address requesting it. I may take awhile to get back to you, but I'd be more than happy to help. It'll be sectioned off into layers so that you can switch out the background and character image.