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What’s new in the Expression Design January 2011 preview?

This week Microsoft released the January 2011 preview of Expression Design 5. The preview can be downloaded here: http://bit.ly/gPxBMr. The January 2011 preview contains only two new features: EPS import Multiple selection in the Layers panel   EPS Import I’ve found this image in my Image Library. It’s in .EPS format and I would like to use it in one of my designs. With the new Expression Design preview I can import it directly without having to convert it to another format first. To do this, go to the “File” menu and select “Import Encapsulated Postscript File…”. An open-file dialog…

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Expression Studio 4 Community Launch Event

Event On June 7th Expression Studio 4 will be launched at the Internet Week in New York. One day later, on June 8th, the Dutch Silverlight and Expression User Group SIXIN organizes the Dutch Community Launch in collaboration with Microsoft and Centric at Centric’s office in IJsselstein. To celebrate the 4 Expression release we have two interesting speakers. In addition, we give three packages Expression Studio and more great gifts away.   Program The preliminary program for the evening is as follows: 5:45 p.m. – Food, drinks and networking 6:45 p.m. – Reception and Introduction by Koen Zwikstra, co-founder of…

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Twirling smoke effect in Expression Design

For a long time I’ve been wondering how to create a smoke effect like used in the Silverlight Logo for example. There are some techniques to render smoke by using 3D modeling software. But creating this effect in a tool like Expression Design is easier than it looks. Below is an example of what the end result might look like. After opening expression Design start by creating a new document.The size of the document isn’t very important as long as you have a bit of space to play with some paths, so at least 1024 x 786 is recommended. Select…

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Retro-lines in Expression Design

Today I would like to show you how to create lines like above in Expression Design. After opening Expression Design, start by creating a new .design document.   Now, zoom in a bit to the upper left corner of the document. Draw a small rectangle and give it some easy numbers. Move the rectangle to 10, 10 and change it width and height to 10 too. Change the stroke of the rectangle to none, and change the fill color to black. Copy the black rectangle and move it to position 10,20. Change its color to a medium grey, like #999999.…