Troubleshooting Startup Issues with Expression Design 1 and 2

Recently I wrote an article which describes in detail troubleshooting steps to resolve problems one may encounter when attempting to launch Microsoft Expression Design. I’m also publishing here on the support blog to make people more aware of how to troubleshoot Expression Design startup issues. Problem: Expression Design locks up, hangs or crashes while in…

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Seeing Through Your Transparency Problem

The question has been asked several times on the forums as to how you can take an existing bitmap image, bring it into Expression Design, and designate the areas or colors that you want to be transparent, then export as a web-safe file. So let’s talk about transparencies and how you accomplish this. Annie Ford…

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The Industrial Strength Blog

I know it’s been a while since the last blog post and I apologize. I’ve been writing another round of training and tending to some studies for another product that I will be supporting. I will still be supporting Expression Design and producing blogs and podcasts on this most excellent application, however. I’ve got some…

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Podcast 4 – Design 2: The Slice Tool

In this Microsoft Expression Podcast we’ll be taking a look at one of the new features in Expression Design 2, the Slice tool! This podcast covers general usage of the slicing tool and how it can be beneficial to the graphic designer. Podcast 4 – Design 2: The Slice Tool Total Time (minutes/seconds): 10:23 File…

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Working with hand-drawn art in Expression Design

It’s just as easy to work with your hand-drawn art in Expression Design as it is any other well-established vector drawing program. Perhaps more so with Expression Design because of the simplicity of the user interface. In this blog entry I’ll go through a step by step process of bringing a piece of my hand…

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Digital Numbers

This is a sort of different post – this one contains content. Digital numbers in a .Design file free to download and use as you see fit. Enjoy! Click to download digital_numbers.zip File Size: 14.58 KB Preview:

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Regular blogging to resume

Hello, all! I have been out of pocket writing internal support training for version 2 of Expression Design these last 3 months and also taking some training. Regular posting to the blog will now resume, in earnest! 🙂

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Podcast 3 – Animation in Expression (Part 2)

In this Microsoft Expression Podcast we’ll be taking a look at some simple animation, starting with Expression Design and taking our art into Expression Blend, then using Blend’s robust timeline to animate our artwork for web page use. In this second part, we’ll also be using JavaScript to wire up mouse events to our animation….

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Let’s walkthrough some paths

In the last regular blog I mentioned that we would examine some pathing operations in Expression Design. As you probably already know, pathing is just a means of combining, transforming, negating, spindling and mutilating vector objects. You can end up with some pretty interesting designs by using a path or combining a number of paths…

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Podcast 2 – Animation in Expression (Part 1)

In this Microsoft Expression Podcast we’ll be taking a look at some simple animation, starting with Expression Design and taking our art into Expression Blend, then using Blend’s robust timeline to animate our artwork for web page use. Podcast 2 – Animation in Microsoft Expression (Part 1)  Total Time (minutes/seconds): 13:33 File Size: 24 MB…

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