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  • Blog Post: Styling Tips for Silverlight and WPF Controls

    In this article I’ve collected together some information and advice that you’ll find useful when creating controls templates. These topics apply generally, no matter what control you’re creating a template for. Here you’ll learn how to bind the look of your template to properties on the control instance...
  • Blog Post: Styling Tips for Silverlight and WPF Controls

    In this article I’ve collected together some information and advice that you’ll find useful when creating controls templates. These topics apply generally, no matter what control you’re creating a template for. Here you’ll learn how to bind the look of your template to properties on the control instance...
  • Blog Post: Control Styling Tips: RadioButton

    Hello! In this article, I’d like to provide you with some information and tips that you’ll find useful when styling a Silverlight 3 RadioButton. Template binding . CommonStates (Normal, MouseOver, Pressed and Disabled), CheckStates (Unchecked, Checked and Indeterminate), FocusStates (Unfocused and...
  • Blog Post: Control Styling Tips: Button

    Hello! In this article, I’d like to provide you with some information and tips that you’ll find useful when styling a Silverlight 3 Button. Visual states . CommonStates (Normal, MouseOver, Pressed and Disabled) and FocusStates (Unfocused and Focused). Template parts . None. Template binding...
  • Blog Post: Common Styling Tips: CheckBox

    Hello! In this article, I’d like to provide you with some information and tips that you’ll find useful when styling a Silverlight 3 CheckBox. Visual states . CommonStates (Normal, MouseOver, Pressed and Disabled), CheckStates (Unchecked, Checked and Indeterminate), FocusStates (Unfocused and Focused...
  • Blog Post: Control Styling Tips: Slider

    Hello! In this article, I’d like to provide you with some information and tips that you’ll find useful when styling a Silverlight 3 Slider. Visual states . CommonStates (Normal, MouseOver and Disabled) and FocusStates (Unfocused and Focused) and the following template parts: Used when the Slider...
  • Blog Post: Control Styling Tips: ScrollBar

    Hello! In this article, I’d like to provide you with some information and tips that you’ll find useful when styling a Silverlight 3 ScrollBar. Visual states . CommonStates (Normal, MouseOver and Disabled) and the following template parts: Used when the ScrollBar is oriented horizontally: ...
  • Blog Post: Control Styling Tips: PasswordBox

    Hello! In this article, I’d like to provide you with some information and tips that you’ll find useful when styling a Silverlight 3 PasswordBox. Visual states . CommonStates (Normal, MouseOver and Disabled), FocusStates (Unfocused and Focused) and ValidationStates (Valid, InvalidUnfocused and InvalidFocused...
  • Blog Post: Control Styling Tips: TextBox

    Hello! In this article, I’d like to provide you with some information and tips that you’ll find useful when styling a Silverlight 3 TextBox. Visual states. CommonStates (Normal, MouseOver, Disabled and ReadOnly), FocusStates (Unfocused and Focused) and ValidationStates (Valid, InvalidUnfocused and...
  • Blog Post: Control Styling Tips: ScrollViewer

    Hello! In this article, I’d like to provide you with some information and tips that you’ll find useful when styling a Silverlight 3 ScrollViewer. Visual states. None Template parts. HorizontalScrollBar (ScrollBar) ScrollContentPresenter (ScrollContentPresenter) VerticalScrollBar (ScrollBar...
  • Blog Post: Control Styling Tips: ListBox

    Hello! In this article, I’d like to provide you with some information and tips that you’ll find useful when styling a Silverlight 3 ListBox. Visual states . ValidationStates (Valid, InvalidUnfocused and InvalidFocused). ListBox has the following template parts: ContentPresenter (ContentPresenter...
  • Blog Post: Control Styling Tips: ComboBox

    Hello! In this article, I’d like to provide you with some information and tips that you’ll find useful when styling a Silverlight 3 ComboBox. Visual states . CommonStates (Normal, MouseOver and Disabled), FocusStates (Unfocused, Focused and FocusedDropDown) and ValidationStates (Valid, InvalidUnfocused...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Vista Style Button Template

    Vista UI designs for buttons have a very distinct look. With the gradient and shine effects that compose this style it would be useful to be able to create buttons with this style and provide an easy way to change just the base background color so that you can create different colored buttons such as...
  • Blog Post: Whew!

    By Gary Bouton It’s a simple idea; the hardest part was getting the scoops of ice cream to look appetizing. There are three basic models for the scoops of ice cream—I changed colors of duplicates to come up with all the flavors you see here. I used gradients with varying opacity and some selective...
  • Blog Post: Blending Photos

    Blending one photo into another is a popular way to display photos in scrapbooks. Using a gradient and the Eraser blending mode, Expression Design makes it easy to blend photos. For this tutorial I'm using two photos from the Microsoft Office Clip Art Gallery to create the following vignette. ...
  • Blog Post: Removing backgrounds from photos

    Expression Design gives you all the tools you need to easily remove backgrounds from photos. In this tutorial we'll remove the background from a dog image and place the results over a different background. This tutorial starts with a photo Shango. To follow along using the photos in this tutorial...
  • Blog Post: Samples and Tutorials Gallery - Expression Blend

    For Expression Blend tutorials, there are a lot of great resources on the web you can visit: Google , Live . On the team itself, we have quite a few people who write tutorials on Expression Blend / Silverlight / WPF: NibblesTutorials (Celso Gomes) kirupa.com - Blend / WPF Tutorials (Kirupa...
  • Blog Post: Fabrikam Catalog Part 2: Control Templates

    Home > Samples and Tutorials Gallery - Expression Blend > Fabrikam catalog part 2: Control templates Download the sample project files for the RC build of Expression Blend FabrikamCatalogControlTemplates.zip Fabrikam Catalog Part 2: Control Templates Visually styling an interactive...
  • Blog Post: Fabrikam Catalog Part 3: Special Effects

    Home > Samples and Tutorials Gallery - Expression Blend > Fabrikam catalog part 3: Special effects Download the sample project files for the RC build of Expression Blend FabrikamCatalogSpecialEffects.zip Fabrikam catalog part 3: Special effects Adding visual effects and animation...
  • Blog Post: Follow The Pointer

    Home > Samples and Tutorials Gallery - Expression Blend > Follow the pointer Download the sample project files for the RC build of Expression Blend FollowThePointer.zip Follow The Pointer This sample demonstrates how to make a user interface element follow the mouse pointer around...
  • Blog Post: Follow The Keyboard

    Home > Samples and Tutorials Gallery - Expression Blend > Follow the keyboard Download the sample project files for the RC build of Expression Blend FollowTheKeyboard.zip Follow The Keyboard This sample demonstrates how to make a user interface element move in Microsoft® Expression...
  • Blog Post: Bind media to playback controls

    Building a basic media viewer with controls for volume, balance and interacting with the playback Contents Overview Creating the application Task 1: Creating the components for the PlayPause button Task 2: Set up the states and triggers on PlayPause Task 3: Add the media, and define how PlayPause...
  • Blog Post: Community Samples Gallery - Expression Blend

    To view a sample or tutorial, click on one of thumbnails or links below. Some samples also have supporting tutorials. These are indicated with a check mark. Sample Tutorial available? Flickr Browser Thanks very much to Amir Khella (Program Manager on Expression) and Peter Blois...
  • Blog Post: Welcome Screen

    Download sample project files for January CTP Welcome Screen Download sample project files for March CTP Welcome Screen Welcome Screen The WelcomeScreen sample is exciting because it is actually a real part of Microsoft® Expression™ Interactive Designer! The real Welcome Screen is...
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