Hope this explanation makes sense.
Maybe not fully.
Are you asking about the techniqual aspect in Photoshop (Layer Masks or other) or web-suitable file formats that support transparency (png for example)?
Think a PNG will support transparency, but not layers. To have layers you may have to use a TIFF, but then it may be too big for the web.
Som bottom line you may have to choose your design carefully.
Yes, I am asking about any PS techniques which would allow me to accomplish the effect I'm after.
I was planning to save the final image as a PNG with transparent background.
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Sounds like what you want to do is what countless others do - nothing special.
In Photoshop, put what you want to show on a layer (not Background), make it partially transparent (either with an erase operation or hiding parts of it with a mask), make sure no Background layer is showing (you'll see the checkerboard through the transparent parts), and save the work product as a PNG (or possibly a GIF, but PNG offers partial transparency).
You'll also want to save your design as a master PSD of course, so you can edit the master file
This page might give you some food for thought...
Thanks for your reply. I am somewhat new to Photoshop, and thought it might require some complicated masking. This answer got me to realize that an easier approach might work, and it did. Your test page is pretty cool...