Tool Menu in Microsoft Expression Blend has
the option for Creating Layer, Make Button, Make Control, Make Image 3D, Make
Brush Resource, Edit Brush Resource, Font Manager, Options.
Create New Layer
Create New Layer allows us to create a layer.
Objects can be created in different layers.
See the above figure, which has created
rectangle and circle in different layers. Layers allow easy handling of objects.
You can hide or show layers according to your convenience.
Creating a button in a Microsoft Expression Blend application involves drawing
out the elements that make up your button, wrapping them in a layout panel for
there are button events (such as when someone clicks on your button).
Select an object or group of objects and hit
F8 and it will pop a Make Control dialog.
This will create a new xaml file that copies
all the appropriate XAML from the previous xaml file. Choose any name of the
user control "mycontrol.xaml".
You can see the recently created control in
the Toolbox of Asset Library. Now the control is ready to be used
Now you can use this control wherever you
Make Image 3D
This command is used to convert a 2D image
into 3D. Later the 3D image can be used to have camera options and properties
Above figure shows an example of a 2D image
converted to 3D object.
Make Brush Resources
You can make a reusable brush or color that
you can then apply to other objects. Resources have an advantage over copying
and applying attributes because you can change the resource in one location.
When you do this, all the objects that use the resource are instantly updated.
To create a resource brush creates an object
and makes a color of your choice.
Click on the Convert brush to resource to
make your brush.
brush created will be seen in your Bush Resource in the property panel.
Now the brush resource is available for use.
Edit Brush Resources
You can edit brush resource, which you have
change the brush accordingly. The brush will now be saved with new changes.
Font Manager is used to add custom fonts,
which are used in the project to be embedded. A custom font must be embedded so
that your users will see it. If the user does not have your chosen font, a
default system font will be used to format your text.
Options in the Tool menu is used related to
settings in the Blend.
It is used to change the theme of the
expression blend and set the default zoom orientation.
Code editor shows the setting for editors.
You can set the default font and size for the text. Beside that there are option
for tab settings, spaces and word wrapping.
You can create event in expression blend. The
events may be difficult to explain here. So you can visit the link to understand
event handlers better
Artboard option is used to set Snapping,
Layout and Background of the design.
Used to set default mode of the document view
either to Design view, Split view or XAML view.