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  • Hello,

    I'm trying to decide if I should learn Photoshop or Expression Blend or Design. I know Blend is a vector based program and is more like Fireworks, but that's all I know. Although I looked on the MS Expression website, it really isn't clear to me the different uses of Blend and Design.

    So, for you experienced web folks, what is the best thing to learn as an addition to Expression Web? I guess I'm looking to create background images and such for web pages. I'd also like to create faux columns and some transparent images to use in the "sliding doors" techniques. I am not looking for a photo editor.

    As you can see, I don't know much so any advice is appreciated,

    Thanks in advance,

    George

    Thursday, August 5, 2010 12:21 AM

Answers

  • Hi George-

    Okay, expression Design is where you create vector-based graphic elements and slice and dice for your website. Blend is where you can build functionality like buttons, drop menus, animations, resource libraries for those elements plus font and color libraries, etc...and you can directly import a lot of your Expression Design elements directly into Blend. (However, many times I find that it is still best to slice and export to a file over doing it directly to Blend because of more complicated separation issues you may have at that point in Blend). There are some great little tools that have never been used or seen in other design programs to... like being able to slide from 0-100 percent (called scrubbing) on opacities and design effects, taking a cmyk color value from a print image and convert it to RGB, easily create rounded corner object with scrubbing, etc.

     

    I use Design a whole lot for web and mobile apps because it's got some great tools that Adobe just doesn't have... that are very in tuned to the design and development processes for web applications. The slicing ( although occasionally quirky) is very helpful in exporting multiple assets at once. So, if you are working on a whole section of a web design that has loots of button graphics, you can very easily slice and export all of them at once and then easily apply those graphics to various button elements in Blend. You can also slice your columns in design and export the slices as pngs. then use those graphics in the animation builder in Blend. It's a pretty nifty tool, actually.

     

    I hope that helps... at all, and I didn't confuse you more. ;)

    Good Luck!

    -Kelpie

     

    Also, if you ever decide to get savvy at web or mobile app. design and development, Blend is truly your friend. It can do things for your application ( like the button designs, resource libraries, etc) that you really can't easily do in other programs... plus, Silverlight and phone app. development for the upcoming Windows 7 phone.

     

    • Marked as answer by George44 Thursday, August 5, 2010 8:17 PM
    Thursday, August 5, 2010 3:00 PM

All replies

  • Hi George-

    Okay, expression Design is where you create vector-based graphic elements and slice and dice for your website. Blend is where you can build functionality like buttons, drop menus, animations, resource libraries for those elements plus font and color libraries, etc...and you can directly import a lot of your Expression Design elements directly into Blend. (However, many times I find that it is still best to slice and export to a file over doing it directly to Blend because of more complicated separation issues you may have at that point in Blend). There are some great little tools that have never been used or seen in other design programs to... like being able to slide from 0-100 percent (called scrubbing) on opacities and design effects, taking a cmyk color value from a print image and convert it to RGB, easily create rounded corner object with scrubbing, etc.

     

    I use Design a whole lot for web and mobile apps because it's got some great tools that Adobe just doesn't have... that are very in tuned to the design and development processes for web applications. The slicing ( although occasionally quirky) is very helpful in exporting multiple assets at once. So, if you are working on a whole section of a web design that has loots of button graphics, you can very easily slice and export all of them at once and then easily apply those graphics to various button elements in Blend. You can also slice your columns in design and export the slices as pngs. then use those graphics in the animation builder in Blend. It's a pretty nifty tool, actually.

     

    I hope that helps... at all, and I didn't confuse you more. ;)

    Good Luck!

    -Kelpie

     

    Also, if you ever decide to get savvy at web or mobile app. design and development, Blend is truly your friend. It can do things for your application ( like the button designs, resource libraries, etc) that you really can't easily do in other programs... plus, Silverlight and phone app. development for the upcoming Windows 7 phone.

     

    • Marked as answer by George44 Thursday, August 5, 2010 8:17 PM
    Thursday, August 5, 2010 3:00 PM
  • Thanks Kelpie, that was very helpful to me.

    George

    Thursday, August 5, 2010 8:18 PM
  • Excellent. Sorry you got that twice, though. ;)

    -Kelpie

    Thursday, August 5, 2010 10:24 PM