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Chapter 9. Special Effects > Creating Transparent Layers

Creating Transparent Layers

One of the great frustrations of Web design is how to integrate text into graphics without having to resort to “baking” the text directly into the graphic—that is, using a program like Photoshop to create graphic text. Of course, using CSS you can place HTML text directly over a graphic. But text over graphics is often difficult to read, especially if the graphic has widely varying contrasts (Figure 9.1), and simply covering the image with a solid color to underlie the text is equally unsatisfying since it obscures part of the image (Figure 9.2).

Figure 9.1. The black text over the black-and-white background is difficult to read.



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