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A 'ghost' is a lightened area of an image on which text is usually overlayed; you'll often see the effect in brochures and ads. The idea is to keep the graphic as a background but make the text stand out more. We'll give three methods here, the last of which is the best - it also shows how to use layers.

Method 1

This is quick and cheap on memory.

Method 2

This method suffers from possible saturation of light-coloured areas.

Method 3

This is the best method, as you can tweak the amount of ghosting at any time after you've created it by changing the layer's opacity. Create any text on another layer on top of both.


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