Trick or Treat : Resolution = 96 PPI

Have you ever imported an image or Illustrator file into Expression Design or Expression Blend then noticed that it seems either bigger or smaller than your original image? In this post I will explain why this occurs as well as point out a few tips you can use to get your images and other assets…

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A/C Controls – Skinning the RotaryControl

Download the RotaryControl source code Download the ACControls source code As promised, in this post I’ll show how to customize the template of the RotaryControl. I wanted to model automobile A/C controls and the result is shown below. If you want to open and examine the project files as I describe the steps, download the…

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Expression Design Service Pack 1 is now available!

This service pack addresses critical issues and expands the XAML export feature to better support the 1.0 release of Silverlight. You can download and install the service pack from the Expression Design web site or the Download Center. What’s new in the Service Pack? Highlights of XAML Export improvements and fixes The XAML Export UI…

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Creating a Vista Style Button Template

Vista UI designs for buttons have a very distinct look.  With the gradient and shine effects that compose this style it would be useful to be able to create buttons with this style and provide an easy way to change just the base background color so that you can create different colored buttons such as:…

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Rotary custom control

Download the source code The RotaryControl is a sample WPF custom control in a class library project that you can open and build in the Blend 2 September Preview. You can use the control along with your own template and property settings as a base to make many different types of rotary dials and knobs…

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Use SimpleStyles to Easily Style System Controls

While Blend makes it easy for you to create your own controls, creating your own control may not always be the best solution. In many cases, especially when you want to change how a control looks, styling an existing control may be a better choice. While you can style any control by using Blend’s UI,…

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Brush Transforms and Keyboard Modifiers

You probably already know that you can use the Brush Transform tool to transform the fill, stroke, opacity mask, or any other brush that is applied to an object. When you click on the Brush Transform tool with an object with, let’s say, a gradient brush applied, a brush transform arrow will appear. You can…

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