Expression Blend 4: Essentials

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Overview Total Training Expression Blend 4: Essentials will teach you to create professional looking interactive user experiences using the latest …


Total Training Expression Blend 4: Essentials will teach you to create professional looking interactive user experiences using the latest version of Expression Blend. After becoming familiar with the Expression Blend 4 interface, you’ll cover the basics from getting your application running on the Silverlight platform, to more advanced topics like creating and using custom controls and animation. This training also explores prototyping with SketchFlow, a new set of functionality built into Expression Blend 4 and so much more.

Learning with Study 365 has many advantages. The course material is delivered straight to you and can be adapted to fit in with your lifestyle. It is created by experts within the industry, meaning you are receiving accurate information, which is up-to-date and easy to understand.

This course is comprised of professional learning material, all delivered through a system that you will have access to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for 365 days (12 months).

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  • Graphic designers
  • Videographer
  • Artists
  • Business designers
  • Creatives
  • Designers

This course is comprised of the following modules:

  • Module 01: introduction & Tour
  • Module 02: Hello World
  • Module 03: Visual Design
  • Module 04: Working with Layouts
  • Module 05: The Basic of Animations
  • Module 06: Using Resources
  • Module 07: Control Customization
  • Module 08: User Controls
  • Module 09: Working with Data
  • Module 10: Adding Interactivity
  • Module 11: Using Sketchflow

From the day you purchase the course, you will have 12 months access to the online study platform. As the course is self-paced you can decide how fast or slow the training goes, and are able to complete the course in stages, revisiting the training at any time.

At the end of the course, you will have one assignment to be submitted (you need a mark of 65% to pass) and you can submit the assignment at any time. You will only need to pay £19 for assessment and certification when you submit the assignment. You will receive the results within 72 hours of submittal, and will be sent a certificate in 7-14 days if you have successfully passed.

Successful candidates will be awarded a certificate for Expression Blend 4: Essentials.

Learners must be age 16 or over and should have a basic understanding of the English Language, numeracy, literacy, and ICT. 

Learn to use the newest Expression Blend version in a highly professional manner and learn how to create diverse user experience which tend to be useful in the corporate world. Initially you will be taught how to familiarise yourself with the interphase offered in this platform, and later on learn how to run the application effectively on Silverlight platform as well. A career with bright prospects await you with the completion of this course. According to, some of the key job positions along with the average UK salary per annum you can go for after completing this course will be as follows.

  • Graphic designers - £21,956 per annum
  • Video Editor - £23,994 per annum
  • Videographer - £23,073 per annum
  • Digital Designer - £24,870 per annum
  • 3d Artist - £25,524 per annum
  • Web Designer - £22,921 per annum

Dante Gagne is and has been an active member of Expression Blend since its first breakthrough. He is currently the only person teaching the training classes Microsoft offers to its own developers and designers. Additionally, Dante also creates and records materials to help field agents provide the most thorough and comprehensive lessons. Dante’s extensive background and teaching experience makes him a very knowledgeable and reliable trainer.


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Course Curriculum

Free Introduction
Expression Blend 4 Essentials FREE 00:00:00
1. Introducing Expression Blend 4
2. A Quick Look at the Blend Interface
1. Creating Your First Application
2. Adding Basic Controls to Your First Application
1. The Basics of Paths
2. Brushes, Shapes, Fills, Strokes & Gradients
3. Convert Shape to Path, Transform Objects & Boolean Operations
4. Working with Images & Clipping Paths
5. Importing Adobe® Photoshop® Layers
6. Modifying Borders
7. Applying, Embedding & Managing Fonts
1. The Grid Container
2. Putting Things in the Right Place
3. The StackPanel & ScrollViewer
4. The PathListBox
1. The Basics of Animation
2. Easing & Keyframes
3. Controlling Animation with Behaviors
4. Tweaking Animation Duration & Timing
5. Tying It All Together
6. Animation Interactions
1. Introduction to Resources
2. Resource Scope & What it Means
3. Resource Dictionaries
1. What are Styles?
2. What are Templates?
3. Visual States
4. Transitions, Transition E¬ects& Transition Binding
5. A More Complex Control: The Scroll Bar
6. Unkeyed Resources
1. What is a UserControl?
2. Fixing Broken Resources in UserControls
1. Element to Element Data Binding
2. TwoWay Data Binding
3. Creating a Sample Data Source
4. Data Templates
5. The Master Detail View
1. Using Events to Create Interaction
2. Using Behaviors to Create Interaction
3. Introduction to the Data Store
4. Adding Conditional Behaviors
1. Welcome to SketchFlow
2. The SketchFlow Map & Creating a Prototype
3. The SketchFlow Player
4. Hooking Up Navigation & Component Screens
5. Feedback in Both Directions
6. Using the Data Store & Conditional Behaviors in a Prototype
7. Displaying Data from the Data Store & Multi-State Component Screens
8. SketchFlow Animations
9. Credits

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