Contents page – alternatives

I tried the Content page layout with different background photos, and came up with these:

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This one is more dramatic but maybe a bit dark and miserabilist?  Shows off the section markers nicely, but need to watch the text boxes overlaying dark patches of the image.  House rules I think are move  the photo down, but not distort it, as readers who’ve been there might object.  Increased density of the the ‘Contents’ title too.

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This version is a warmer and more dramatic photo, but it’s too dark at the top for the text – this time you could lighten the image at the top.  Also too light and busy on the righthand side, behind the coloured boxes.

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Take 3 fits better, it’s sunny, but maybe a bit lacking in impact.  Possibly would look ok glossy.

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This time experimenting with changing the body text colour to reflect the background light and shade.  Bit tacky?  Also remember those yellow boxes have images in them.

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As above, adding shadow for emphasis.  Really tacky, but if did the same for the images that overlay the yellow boxes, would balance.  But out of style.

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