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Sketch effects

Microsoft Expression Design offers nine different Sketch live effects: Angled Strokes, Chalk and Charcoal, Charcoal, Colored Pencil, Crosshatch, Ink Outlines, Smudge Stick, Graphic Pen, and Reticulation. You can apply these effects to an object or text.

To open the Sketch effects list

  1. At the bottom of the Effects section, click the Add Effect Cc295180.d5e94a0e-39f1-4fd7-b917-cb423f03ea03(en-us,Expression.10).png icon.

  2. Point to Sketch effects, and click one of the live effects on the list.

The following effects are available from the Sketch Effects list.

For reference, here are three original objects that have no effects applied: a bitmapped image, a rectangle with a gradient, and a text object

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  • Angled Strokes   Creates the appearance that the image was drawn with sharp colored paint strokes. The settings are Direction balance, Stroke length, and Sharpness. Angled Strokes has little to no effect on vector artwork or images with very flat colors.

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  • Chalk and Charcoal   Creates the appearance that the image or object was sketched by using both chalk and charcoal sticks. The settings that you can control are Charcoal area, Chalk area, Stroke pressure, Charcoal color, and Chalk color.

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  • Charcoal   Creates the appearance that the image was sketched by using a charcoal stick. The settings are Charcoal thickness, Detail, Light/Dark balance, Charcoal color, and Paper color. Charcoal has little to no effect on vector artwork or images with very flat colors.

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  • Colored Pencil   Creates the appearance that the image was sketched by using colored pencils on white or colored paper. The settings that you can control are Pencil width, Stroke pressure, Paper brightness, and Paper color. Colored Pencil has little to no effect on vector artwork or images with very flat colors.

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  • Crosshatch   Simulates sketching the image or object with diagonal lines using colored paints. The settings are Stroke length, Sharpness, and Strength.

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  • Ink Outlines   Creates an effect similar to outlining the edges of the image with ink pens. The settings that you can control are Stroke length, Dark intensity, and Light intensity. Ink Outlines has little to no effect on vector artwork or images with very flat colors.

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  • Smudge Stick   Simulates sketching the image or object with pastels or pencil, and then smudging the strokes with a stick or your finger. The settings are Stroke length, Highlight area, and Highlight intensity.

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  • Graphic Pen   Simulates sketching the image or object with sharp, short pen lines. The settings that you can control are Stroke length, Stroke direction, Light/dark balance, Ink color, and Paper color.

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  • Reticulation   Simulates the crinkling effect of a photographic emulsion that has been subjected to wide temperature variations. The settings are Density, Black level, White level, Foreground color, and Background color.

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