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Date: Thu Feb 14 2002 - 16:41:01 PST
Crop the pictures to have a smaller background.
Use a series of geometric shapes with different values to be lighter behind
dark areas and darker around light areas in the portraits.
Paint a background color and stencil off the portrait. Add sponge texture to
the background with two contrasting colors. This could be regulated by you
with only certain pre mixed colors.
Just my first thoughts,