Istockphoto has more than just typical stock photos of business people at work. This ancient map was the perfect backdrop for a site but it needed a little polishing to work.
First, we needed to reduce the contrast and saturation to let the map fade into the background. A couple of the seafaring sirens needed to be photoshopped out and the colors were matched to a hue of the actual site.
Images load very slowly and site speed is important for Google approval so we created skinn strips of the map to run along the side, by viewing in every possible window size we could make sure we had a dimension that covered the white background on any size device.