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The featured image contains a Truecolor plot that has been elevated using the Elevate operator to create the VisIt 1.5 splashscreen.
Two JPEG images were used (one for the texture and one for the height map used for the Elevate operator). The height image, which contains the design, was mapped onto the texture image's mesh using the conn_cmfe expression. The resulting height field was then used to elevate the texture image.