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Apply live effects

In Microsoft Expression Design, you can apply different effects (or "filters") to any vector, text, or bitmapped object. These are called "live" effects because they never degrade your original objects. Once you apply an effect to a vector or bitmapped image object, you can easily change the effect's settings, hide it, or remove it completely. You can also stack more than one effect on an object and reorder the effects for different results.

To apply a live effect

  1. Select an object (this can include text).

  2. In the Properties panel, at the bottom of the Effects section, click the Add Effect Cc294505.d5e94a0e-39f1-4fd7-b917-cb423f03ea03(en-us,Expression.40).png icon.

  3. Select an effect from one of the submenus:

    • Effects   For more information, see Live effects.

    • Adjust Colors   For more information, see Adjust colors.

    • Paint   Makes the object look as if it has been painted in a variety of media. For more information, see Paint effects.

    • Sketch   Makes the object look as if it has been sketched. For more information, see Sketch effects.

    • Surface   Changes the apparent surface of the object. For more information, see Surface effects

    • Arts and crafts   Transforms the object into a craft project. For more information, see Arts and crafts effects.

    • Photographic   Applies a variety of photographic effects to the object. For more information, see Photographic effects.

    The effects you select are listed in the Effects section. They are displayed every time you select the object.

To add another live effect to the selected object, select again from the Add Effect list. Each effect you add is compounded upon the last.

When you apply a live effect to an object, Expression Design adds an Effect icon (Cc294505.c05d1eaa-b3a4-4e22-bf5b-de542491a75d(en-us,Expression.40).png) next to the name of the object in the Layers panel.

NoteNote

When you apply a live effect to a vector object, such as a path or text, Expression Design rasterizes the object (turns it into a bitmapped image) at the document resolution as defined in the Change the document size dialog box. This rarely causes any difference in your final output, but you will notice a difference when you increase your view magnification (you'll see a rasterized version of the vector object) or if you export to a vector file format. If you hide or remove the live effect, the object returns to its vector form. At a high document resolution, the live effect might take longer to display.

To modify a live effect

When a live effect is applied to an object, you can modify it.

  1. Select an object to which you have applied an effect.

  2. In the Effects section, click the effect you want to modify.

  3. Adjust the controls to modify your live effect.

Note that if the effect is calculation intensive, you might see a progress-bar pattern overlaying the objects until the effect is finished drawing on-screen.

To hide a live effect

  1. Select an object to which you have applied an effect.

  2. In the Effects section, on the effect you want to hide, click the Hide/Show Effect Cc294505.3e342e41-0093-4150-afc9-309866723da0(en-us,Expression.40).png icon. The icon changes to Cc294505.3fd8aa74-53e8-4c4d-8409-c1ed500b00f3(en-us,Expression.40).png. To show the effect again, click the icon again

You can also permanently remove a live effect.

To remove a live effect

  1. Select an object to which you have applied an effect.

  2. In the Effects section, select the effect that you want to delete, and then click the Delete Effect Cc294505.37f821f4-af20-487e-8fe3-8f780ff24d73(en-us,Expression.40).png button.

To reorder live effects

If you have more than one effect applied to an object, you can reorder them.

  1. Select an object to which you have applied an effect.

  2. In the Effects section, select an effect, and then click either the Move Effect Up Cc294505.5956aac7-609e-4530-93f0-70c05ddd479a(en-us,Expression.40).png button or the Move Effect Down Cc294505.ebe3a803-1a83-4821-b6d8-6c56cce09cc4(en-us,Expression.40).png button.

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