Microsoft Expression Design Step by Step

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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 ...

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Overview

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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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
  • 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 http://www.northlite.net/expr. 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

Features and Conventions of This Book

Using the Book’s CD

Getting Help

Chapter 1: Working with Documents

Chapter 2: Navigating the Workspace

Chapter 3: Manipulating Objects

Chapter 4: Working with Layers

Chapter 5: Using the Drawing Tools

Chapter 6: Using Fills

Chapter 7: Using Strokes

Chapter 8: Working with Text

Chapter 9: Working with Bitmap Images

Chapter 10: Exporting and Printing Your Work

Setting Preferences in Expression Design

Glossary

About the Authors

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