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Chapter 15. Compositing and Retouching f... > Combining Knocked-Out Images

Combining Knocked-Out Images

Knocked-out images are great for assembling photos used on Web sites, either your own, or those of online auction services such as eBay. You can assemble images that are clear and easy to understand, surrounded by a white background that blends in with the rest of the page seamlessly. I’m going to show you several examples in this section, all taken from real life.

Creating a Picture Diagram

To coin a cliché, a picture is worth a whole bunch of words, especially when you have people zooming past your Web page looking for something that makes sense. Composites can be used to create picture “diagrams” that communicate a message at a glance. Figure 15.14 is an example of this kind of photo, created for an online auction ad to show how a particular electronic converter component is used, without muddying up the waters with line drawings or photos of the item actually in use. The dimmed components at left and right represent the buyer’s equipment and cabling; the item for sale is the widget in the center of the photo.


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