Tracing and Cropping an Image in Expression Design 4

Today I read about tracing and cropping an image in Microsoft Expression Design 4. So I want to share this with you all in the form of an article hoping that you will like it:

  • Open a new document in Microsoft Expression Design 4.


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  • Select a Rectangle from the tools and draw it with height and width fit to your screen. Fill the Rectangle with black color.


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  • Import an Existing Image, i.e. File -> ImportImage :

    And choose the image that you want on your design Screen.


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    Your window should be like this:


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  • Now Crop the Image:

    Select the image and under the Object menu is a pop out menu called "Image". Here you will get "Create Image Object" option:


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  • Drag a rectangle around the area you wish to Crop; a pop-up "Rasterise Area" appears showing dpi =96 (which is default) if you want to change than you can, and click OK:


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  • You will see a rectangle on the image outlining the new Image. Save the new image:


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  • If you want to see your cropped image on your artboard then drag it to another part of the artboard you will see two images :-- one original and one cropped:


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For Tracing the Image
  • Open another Document in "Microsoft Expression Design 4" and repeat the same procedure up to Importing the Image.


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  • Select the Image and under the Object menu click "Image". Here you will get "Auto Trace Image" option, after clicking on this you get a pop-up box "Auto Trace Image" click OK:


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    Now your Image Should be like this:


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  • Drag the image downwards and wait for response.
  • And after few seconds you will get your Traced Image. To see it clearly click somewhere else on the window:


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