One of my first projects was making one little girls dream come true of becoming the little mermaid. At the time I was working for Target and a co-worker asked me if I could make her daughter into the littler mermaid. I told her I would need an image of her daughter and she said she had just the thing.
Then with a little photoshop magic and some fun effects I turned the lower half of her daughter into a mermaid fin! Then not to get to wrapped up in copyright issues I redrew each of the beloved characters with some subtle differences added to them to make them obviously NOT the actual Disney characters.
Then with free font databases like Dafont I was able to find fonts that would give me a close enough resemblance to the text styles I was looking for.
This poster was such a hit that I quickly became known as “The Poster Guy”.