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1. Paint strokes

A nice effect is to put a paint stroke as a background and then superimpose text onto it. The text can then be changed so it has a good contrast against the paint stoke. I've achieved this with the CNDS, NOS and Code Snippets graphics:

For this I took the following brush stroke:

and the text (Verdana, font size of 50 points):

and combined them together. The white text should cover the brush stroke, while the dark text is outwith the stroke.

Notice how your eye is attracted to these graphics: