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Microsoft® Expression® Design Step by Step

Book Description

The smart way to learn Microsoft Expression Design—one step at a time! Build exactly the skills you need by working at your own pace through easy lessons, full-color design examples, and hands-on practice files on CD.

Table of Contents

  1. Microsoft® Expression® Design Step by Step
  2. A Note Regarding Supplemental Files
  3. Introducing Expression Design
  4. Information for Readers Running Windows XP
    1. Managing the Practice Files
    2. Using the Start Menu
    3. Navigating Dialog Boxes
  5. Features and Conventions of This Book
  6. Using the Book’s CD
    1. CD Contents
    2. Minimum System Requirements
    3. Installing the Practice Files
    4. Using the Practice Files
    5. Removing the Practice Files
  7. Getting Help
    1. Getting Help with This Book and Its CD
    2. Getting Help with Microsoft Expression Design
  8. 1. Working with Documents
    1. Understanding the Difference Between Vector and Raster
    2. Opening an Existing File and Exploring the Workspace
    3. Creating a New Document
    4. Importing a Document Created in Creature House Expression Versions 1–3
    5. Key Points
  9. 2. Navigating the Workspace
    1. Using the Toolbox
    2. Using Panels and Panel Widgets
    3. Changing the Display and Preview Modes
    4. Moving Around in a Document
    5. Using the Zoom Tool
    6. Undoing Mistakes
    7. Saving Your Work
    8. Key Points
  10. 3. Manipulating Objects
    1. Selecting Objects
      1. Using the Selection Tool
      2. Using the Select Menu
    2. Grouping Objects
    3. Selecting Anchor Points
    4. Positioning Objects
    5. Duplicating and Deleting Objects
    6. Transforming Objects
    7. Key Points
  11. 4. Working with Layers
    1. Understanding Layers: What They Are and Why They Are Important
    2. Exploring Layers
      1. Naming, Hiding, and Collapsing and Expanding Layers
      2. Selecting, Locking, and Grouping Layers
    3. Manipulating Layers
      1. Adding a New Layer
      2. Deleting Layers and Changing Layer Order
      3. Moving Objects to Another Layer
    4. Setting Layer Options
    5. Key Points
  12. 5. Using the Drawing Tools
    1. Exploring Path Anatomy
    2. Using the Shape and Line Tools
      1. Using the Rectangle Tool
      2. Using the Ellipse Tool
      3. Using the Polygon Tool
      4. Using the Line Tool
      5. Using the Polyline Tool
        1. Path A
        2. Path B
        3. Path C
        4. Path D
        5. Path E
        6. Path F
        7. Path A
        8. Path B
        9. Path C
    3. Using the Page Grid
    4. Using the Pen Tool
      1. Path A
      2. Path B
      3. Path C
      4. Path D
      5. Path E
      6. Path F
    5. Using the B-Spline Tool
      1. Path A
      2. Path B
      3. Path C
      4. Path D
      5. Path E
      6. Path F
    6. Creating and Editing Cusp Points
    7. Making Compound Paths
    8. Modifying Paths with Path Operations and Clipping
      1. Using the Path Operations Commands
      2. Using Clipping Masks
    9. Key Points
  13. 6. Using Fills
    1. Using the Paintbrush Tool
    2. Using the Properties Panel
    3. Using the Color Picker
    4. Using Solid and Image Fills
    5. Using Gradient Fills
    6. Key Points
  14. 7. Using Strokes
    1. Setting Stroke Attributes and Using the Strokes Gallery
    2. Editing Paths to Change Stroke Appearance
    3. Creating and Saving Custom Strokes
      1. Creating and Saving Vector Strokes
      2. Anchoring Strokes
      3. Creating Strokes from Images
    4. Using the Blend Paths Command
    5. Key Points
  15. 8. Working with Text
    1. Creating Text Objects
    2. Setting Style Attributes for Text
    3. Setting Advanced Text Attributes
    4. Putting Text on a Path
    5. Putting Text in a Path
    6. Converting Text to Paths
    7. Key Points
  16. 9. Working with Bitmap Images
    1. Importing Artwork in Vector and Bitmap (Raster) Formats
    2. Creating Bitmap Images
    3. Tracing Bitmaps to Create Vector Graphics
    4. Transforming Bitmap Images
    5. Key Points
  17. 10. Exporting and Printing Your Work
    1. Setting Crop Marks
    2. Exporting Your Art to a Raster Format
    3. Exporting Image Objects from the Document Window
    4. Exporting Your Art to XAML Code
    5. Exporting Your Art to PDF
    6. Printing Your Art
    7. Key Points
  18. A. Setting Preferences in Expression Design
    1. General Options
      1. General
      2. Mouse Wheel
      3. Color Dropper
      4. Messages and Warnings
    2. Workspace Options
      1. User Interface
    3. Stroke Options
      1. Stroke
      2. Freehand Tool
      3. Z-Axis Rotation
    4. Display Options
    5. Unit and Grid Options
      1. Units
      2. Grids and Guides
      3. Rulers
      4. Arrangement
    6. File Options
      1. Native Format Save Options
      2. Document Thumbnails
      3. Import
    7. Clipboard (XAML) Options
      1. Document Format
      2. Effects
    8. Print and Export Options
      1. Print
    9. Memory and Undo Options
      1. Memory
  19. Glossary
  20. B. About the Authors
    1. Sara Froehlich
      1. Thanks
    2. Marc Campbell
  21. Index
  22. About the Authors
  23. Copyright