Read an Excerpt
How You'll Learn
- How This Book Works
- Step-by-Step Instructions
- Sample Files
- Get Updates
- Expression Studio
Welcome to Microsoft Expression Design on Demand, a visual quick reference book that shows you how to work efficiently with Expression Design. This book provides complete coverage of basic to advanced Expression Design skills.How This Book Works
You don't have to read this book in any particular order. We've designed the book so that you can jump in, get the information you need, and jump out. However, the book does follow a logical progression from simple tasks to more complex ones. Each task is presented on no more than two facing pages, which lets you focus on a single task without having to turn the page. To find the information that you need, just look up the task in the table of contents or index and turn to the page listed. Read the task introduction, follow the step-by-step instructions in the left column along with the screen illustrations in the right column, and you're done.Step-by-Step Instructions
This book provides concise step-by-step instructions that show you how to accomplish a task. Each set of instructions includes illustrations that directly correspond to the easy-to-read steps. Also included in the text are timesavers, tables, and sidebars to help you work more efficiently or to teach you more in-depth information. A "Did You Know?" provides tips and techniques to help you work smarter, whereas a "See Also" leads you to other parts of the book containing related information about the task. Sample Files
This book uses thesample files that are installed with Expression Design to give you a context in which to use each task. You can locate these files by navigating on your system to the Program Files\Microsoft Expression\Design\ Samples folder. By following along with the sample files, you won't waste time looking for or creating your own assets. Note that not every task requires a sample file, such as "Drawing with the Pen Tool." In these instances, you will perform the task from scratch.Get Updates
Like any software, Expression Design continues to change and get better with updates and patches, so it's important to regularly check the Microsoft Expression Design site at http://www.microsoft.com/products/expression/.Expression Studio
Expression Design is part of the Microsoft Expression Studio, which also includes Expression Web, Blend, and Media. Expression Web is a professional design tool used to create websites that conform to modern standards-based sites on the web. Expression Blend is a professional design tool used to create engaging, web-connected user experiences for Windows. Expression Media is a professional asset management tool used to visually catalog and organize all your digital assets for effortless retrieval and presentation.
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