One of my first assignments when I started at PrepLogic, now Vector Solutions, was to redesign the packaging of its Practice Exams. These are exam simulations, software written to prepare individuals planning to take a certification exam, such as CompTIA A+, Cisco CCNA, or Microsoft MCSE.
The image of the compass in the design was originally a stock photograph of a rusty antique. The photo caught my eye because the compass was unusually inornate. I kept refining the image in Photoshop until I eventually had something production ready.