Importing Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator files in Expression Blend

 

One of the questions we keep confronted with when talking about Expression in our events is that, is there a way to import files created using Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator.

While in Expression Web and Design you could do that easily, there was less support for accomplishing this in Expression Blend which is used for designing WPF / Silverlight applications.

With the Expression Blend 3 Preview, support for importing Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator files is available.

Expression Blend 3 Preview is a preview edition released along with our recent release of Silverlight 3 Beta in MIX.  Read my earlier post on this.

This we feel would provide help for a lot of designers / developers out there who had requested for a convertor / import utility for working with Expression Blend on files created using Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator.

Expression Blend 3 Preview also has a lot of new features and you can read all bout this at http://www.microsoft.com/expression/features/Default.aspx?key=blend3preview

You can download Expression Blend 3 Preview from http://www.microsoft.com/expression/try-it/blendpreview.aspx

Note that, projects opened in Expression Blend 3 Preview would automatically upgrade to Silverlight 3 Beta and cannot be migrated back.  So, exercise caution, taking necessary backups before starting to work on Silverlight 3 Beta and Expression Blend 3 Preview.

Cheers !!!

Print | posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 4:58 PM

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# re: Importing Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator files in Expression Blend

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Nice feature, but the menu items are greyed out. how do we turn the feature on?
Left by Cut on May 01, 2009 1:22 AM

# re: Importing Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator files in Expression Blend

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RE: "Nice feature, but the menu items are greyed out. how do we turn the feature on?"

You have to have an active project and xaml document to import the images and objects into. Try File->New Project first.

-Rick
Left by Rick Keeney (Msft Expression) on Aug 18, 2009 3:51 PM

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