If you read my posting on advanced Excel chart formatting, then you may appreciate this thought on how background images can be used to amplify your message. Consider the chart shown below with the ranking of Kauai brokerages in 2006 based on sales data from our multiple list service. The bar chart is constructed so that only the number 1 company has it's head above water while the rest are submerged. It's what the data shows and the background picture amplifies the message. It's subtle but effective.
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