I started out having chosen this background for the page, and i decided
i wanted the title graphic to match in color, and say "Photo Gallery Number
I started with a 500X200 pixel black screen in Photopaint.
Then I added some text, and sized and placed it appropriately, choosing a color similar to the stars in my background. (This font is called "FZ Hand 6")
The first thing i tried was making a mask out of the text and blurring it, and adding some color to the affected area. I liked the effect, but it was way not subtle enough.
I also gave the picture a background that matched my page background, so it wouldn't stick out so much.
I played around with trying to make that effect more subtle, but didn't get anything i really liked.
Then i decided to try a "brush stroke" of the same color in the background, only with more transparency.
So I took my blue shadow, and turned it into a subtler purple shaddow and put it below the "brush stroke" layer, andding a subtle but noticeable difference.
The conversion to 256 color palette changed the text color to be a little nicer as an added bonus.
Here's a picture of all the layers that went into making the finished graphic: Each layer can have transparency and blending effects in addition to easy selection of objects
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