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The Zen of CSS Design: Visual Enlightenment for the Web by Molly E. Holzschlag, Dave Shea

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Chapter . Bonsai Sky

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PUSHING THE ENLIGHTENMENT THEME to new heights, Mike Davidson created a visual Zen garden in the sky to illustrate his Bonsai Sky. Beginning with a photo of rocky, tree-lined cliff faces, he first had to figure out how to balance the text with a dominant photo.

Placing the cliff imagery in the top-right corner and fading it to white allowed Davidson to position the text just to the left, avoiding any potential contrast issues of text overlaying a busy photograph. The generously spaced black ...

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