Expression Design

Expression Design

$29.99

Total Run Time: 2.5 hrs

Explore the magic of Microsoft Expression Design. This new, designer-friendly workspace houses all of your favorite design tools which will enable you to meet tight deadlines by streamlining your production time.

Highlights

  1. Bring your text to life as you learn how to type text on a curve.
  2. See how the Pen tool works, and learn some advanced Pen tool techniques.
  3. Find out how to affect the opacity of objects.
  4. Discover how to create the appearance of metal using gradients.
  5. Learn how to create a simple gel button perfect for your next “user interface” project in just two minutes.

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Description

In this Total Training for Microsoft Expression Design training series, you’ll learn how to use the Pen and Shape tools, as well as the ability to export XAML, which can be used with application or Web authoring tools like Expression Blend or Silverlight.

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Course Outline

Chapter 1: INTRODUCING THE WORKSPACE (32 min)

  1. Exploring the Artboard
  2. Using the Selection Tools
  3. Using the Paint Brush & the Pen Tools
  4. Using the Shape & Text Tools
  5. Using the Gradient & Fill Transform Tools
  6. Using Start Point, Reverse Path & Scissor Tools
  7. The Eyedropper, Hand Tool & Zoom Features
  8. Introducing the Properties Panel
  9. Using Blend Modes
  10. Using Layers
Chapter 2: GETTING TO KNOW THE PANELS (25 min)

  1. Exploring the Layers Panel
  2. Creating & Editing Shapes
  3. Editing Gradients
  4. Adding a Curved Shape to the Icon
  5. Cloning a Shape
  6. Aligning Using the Action Bar
Chapter 3: USING SHAPES & LAYERS (29 min)

  1. Setting Up Our Document
  2. Adjusting Shapes with Guide Lines & Blend Modes
  3. Using the Ellipse & Polygon Tools
  4. Using the Group Selection Tool
  5. Working with Text & the Font Gallery
Chapter 4: USING & CREATING STROKES (33 min)

  1. Using Bitmap Strokes
  2. Using the Eraser Blend Mode
  3. Create Shadows Using Gradients & Shapes
  4. Creating a Sample Vector Stroke
  5. Stacking & Pasting Layers
  6. Creating a Freeform Stroke
Chapter 5: DEFINING STROKES & XAML EXPORT (33 min)

  1. Using Bitmap Strokes
  2. Using the Eraser Blend Mode
  3. Create Shadows Using Gradients & Shapes
  4. Creating a Sample Vector Stroke
  5. Stacking & Pasting Layers
  6. Creating a Freeform Stroke

Presenter Info

Jesse BrownJesse Brown is a passionate, hard working designer whose passion is contagious. His background in construction helps him have a “big picture” sensibility and see a project through to completion. As a freelance designer, Jesse has had the opportunity to craft unique Web sites, logos, and illustrations. Jesse’s calm demeanor and keen design sense are why his skills are in high demand on projects for Sony, Microsoft, Pioneer, Purina, Mitsubishi, Alpine, Monster Cable, Big Fish Worldwide, Wild Oats, and more.