Learn Photo Editing
The first major benefit of Expression Blend is that the manner in which a graphic artist would author the UI feels similar (but certainly not identical) to other multimedia applications such as Adobe Photoshop or Macromedia Director. For example, Expression Blend supports tools to build story frames for animations, color blending utilities, layout and graphical transformation tools, and
Users of Visual Studio 2010 have additional capabilities not supported by Visual Basic's Express Edition. For one thing, instead of using Paint, Visual Studio provides a basic image-editing tool, so when Visual Studio developers add a new image (not from a file), this editor opens within Visual Studio.
This control enables you to embed images in your forms. WAP supports a single image format, known as Wireless Bitmap Images, or WBMPs. This format is (once again) optimized for low bandwidth systems, as it can display only two color (one bit) images. Various editors are available on the Web for creating such images, and various plug-ins are available for existing image editors (see for example).
You definitely don't want the default bitmap. The default doesn't really look very good, and it has no information about your application. Use a graphics editor such as Paint Shop Pro or the Microsoft Image Editor to design your own startup screen, add it to your project using the Resource Workshop, and change the resource ID in the Create( ) function of CSpl ashWnd . (The default is IDB_SPLASH .)
The graphics editor in the Resource Workshop isn't very good for handling large or higher-resolution graphics (bitmaps can't really be called high resolution graphics), but the editor is acceptable for drawing icons, cursors, and the small bitmaps that fit on buttons. If you plan to use larger bitmaps in your program, you may want to look into programs such as Paint Shop Pro, which have much greater abilities to draw, manipulate, and resize images. You can import the bitmap output of other graphics programs into the Workshop very easily.
Understanding Adobe Photoshop Features You Will Use
Adobe Photoshop can be a complex tool only because you can do so much with it, however for in this video series, we're going to keep it as simple as possible. In fact, in this video you'll see an overview of the few tools and Adobe Photoshop features we will use. When you see this video, you'll see how you can do so much with so few features, but you'll learn how to use them in depth in the future videos.