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Image Trickery

Now that the header and body were determined, attention shifted to the badge in the top-right corner. Placing an image with transparent areas (the drop shadow in this case) over the top of other imagery generally means saving the image to take into account whatever it overlays. Shea could have flattened the Photoshop mock-up and saved the final badge image as a GIF or a JPG, complete with bits of the photo and lines underneath to preserve the transparency effect (FIGURE 6). Or he could have punched away the background areas and saved a transparent GIF, though most of the drop shadow would be lost (FIGURE 7).

Figure 6. Badge saved with a full background, no transparency.



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