Microsoft Expression Design Step by Step


The smart way to learn Microsoft Expression Design—one step at a time! Work at your own pace through the easy numbered steps, practice files on CD, and hands-on exercises to master the fundamentals of creating professional-looking designs and illustrations with the powerful tools that Expression Design delivers. You’ll learn how to produce high-quality effects by using the Live Effects feature, how to use a variety of brush types, and how to work with vector images. With STEP BY STEP, you can take just the ...

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The smart way to learn Microsoft Expression Design—one step at a time! Work at your own pace through the easy numbered steps, practice files on CD, and hands-on exercises to master the fundamentals of creating professional-looking designs and illustrations with the powerful tools that Expression Design delivers. You’ll learn how to produce high-quality effects by using the Live Effects feature, how to use a variety of brush types, and how to work with vector images. With STEP BY STEP, you can take just the lessons you need or work from cover to cover. Either way, you drive the instruction, building and practicing the skills you need, just when you need them! Includes an easy-search companion CD with files for practicing the book’s lessons, a complete eBook, and more!

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Editorial Reviews

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Expression Design is the graphic designer's and illustrator's component of Microsoft's powerful new Expression suite: Using it, you can create vector images that fit seamlessly into tomorrow's richer, more visual Web and desktop applications. Long anticipated, it's finally arrived, along with an outstanding companion: this Microsoft Step by Step tutorial.

Sara Froehlich, who might be the No. 1 expert on Expression Design outside Microsoft, has distilled its core capabilities into ten surprisingly simple, hands-on lessons. You'll quickly move from navigating Expression Design's Workspace through using layers, fills, strokes, and a whole lot more. While Expression Design is primarily a vector tool, Froehlich also walks you through incorporating bitmaps into your designs. She also shows how to export image files to everything from raster formats to PDF to XAML, Microsoft's exciting new markup language for creating immersive user interfaces. Bill Camarda, from the February 2008 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735624399
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 1/26/2008
  • Series: Microsoft Step by Step Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,173,161
  • Product dimensions: 8.96 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Sara Froehlich has been using Acrylic (newly released as Microsoft Expression Design) since it was released as Creature House Expression 2, and was in the beta testing group for Creature House Expression 3. She has written numerous tutorials for the software and has coauthored a complete Microsoft Expression course. Sara maintains a Web site dedicated to Microsoft Expression that includes tutorials, news, articles, and downloads at In addition she teaches several online courses. She is editor of Designorati, a community-based site packed with information-creative professionals. Founded in 2005 by a group of designers and creative professionals, Designorati provides news on illustration, typography, desktop publishing, and more.

Marc Campbell has been doodling on computers and publishing computer art on the Web for nearly 10 years. In 1997, after working at a print graphics house, Marc was selected to lead a freelance design team at DC Comics, where he helped create and maintain official DC Comic web sites, including the official MAD Magazine web site. He has taught web design and computer graphics at the Millennium Institute of Computers and has worked with SE Technologies as creative director of web design, animation, and graphic enhancement.

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Table of Contents

Introducing Expression Design;
Information for Readers Running Windows XP;
Managing the Practice Files;
Using the Start Menu;
Navigating Dialog Boxes;
Features and Conventions of This Book;
Using the Book’s CD;
CD Contents;
Minimum System Requirements;
Installing the Practice Files;
Using the Practice Files;
Removing the Practice Files;
Getting Help;
Getting Help with This Book and Its CD;
Getting Help with Microsoft Expression Design;
Chapter 1: Working with Documents;
1.1 Understanding the Difference Between Vector and Raster;
1.2 Opening an Existing File and Exploring the Workspace;
1.3 Creating a New Document;
1.4 Importing a Document Created in Creature House Expression Versions 1–3;
1.5 Key Points;
Chapter 2: Navigating the Workspace;
2.1 Using the Toolbox;
2.2 Using Panels and Panel Widgets;
2.3 Changing the Display and Preview Modes;
2.4 Moving Around in a Document;
2.5 Using the Zoom Tool;
2.6 Undoing Mistakes;
2.7 Saving Your Work;
2.8 Key Points;
Chapter 3: Manipulating Objects;
3.1 Selecting Objects;
3.2 Grouping Objects;
3.3 Selecting Anchor Points;
3.4 Positioning Objects;
3.5 Duplicating and Deleting Objects;
3.6 Transforming Objects;
3.7 Key Points;
Chapter 4: Working with Layers;
4.1 Understanding Layers: What They Are and Why They Are Important;
4.2 Exploring Layers;
4.3 Manipulating Layers;
4.4 Setting Layer Options;
4.5 Key Points;
Chapter 5: Using the Drawing Tools;
5.1 Exploring Path Anatomy;
5.2 Using the Shape and Line Tools;
5.3 Using the Page Grid;
5.4 Using the Pen Tool;
5.5 Using the B-Spline Tool;
5.6 Creating and Editing Cusp Points;
5.7 Making Compound Paths;
5.8 Modifying Paths with Path Operations and Clipping;
5.9 Key Points;
Chapter 6: Using Fills;
6.1 Using the Paintbrush Tool;
6.2 Using the Properties Panel;
6.3 Using the Color Picker;
6.4 Using Solid and Image Fills;
6.5 Using Gradient Fills;
6.6 Key Points;
Chapter 7: Using Strokes;
7.1 Setting Stroke Attributes and Using the Strokes Gallery;
7.2 Editing Paths to Change Stroke Appearance;
7.3 Creating and Saving Custom Strokes;
7.4 Using the Blend Paths Command;
7.5 Key Points;
Chapter 8: Working with Text;
8.1 Creating Text Objects;
8.2 Setting Style Attributes for Text;
8.3 Setting Advanced Text Attributes;
8.4 Putting Text on a Path;
8.5 Putting Text in a Path;
8.6 Converting Text to Paths;
8.7 Key Points;
Chapter 9: Working with Bitmap Images;
9.1 Importing Artwork in Vector and Bitmap (Raster) Formats;
9.2 Creating Bitmap Images;
9.3 Tracing Bitmaps to Create Vector Graphics;
9.4 Transforming Bitmap Images;
9.5 Key Points;
Chapter 10: Exporting and Printing Your Work;
10.1 Setting Crop Marks;
10.2 Exporting Your Art to a Raster Format;
10.3 Exporting Image Objects from the Document Window;
10.4 Exporting Your Art to XAML Code;
10.5 Exporting Your Art to PDF;
10.6 Printing Your Art;
10.7 Key Points;
Setting Preferences in Expression Design;
General Options;
Workspace Options;
Stroke Options;
Display Options;
Unit and Grid Options;
File Options;
Clipboard (XAML) Options;
Print and Export Options;
Memory and Undo Options;
About the Authors;
Sara Froehlich;
Marc Campbell;

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