Import vector artwork
Although Microsoft Expression Design offers several ways to draw your own pictures, you can also import vector images into your documents. Expression Design supports the AI file format. (Expression Design also supports BMP, GIF, HD Photo, ICO, JPG, PNG, PSD, and TIFF bitmap files.) You have three ways to import artwork into Expression Design.
When an AI file is imported, layers are preserved, but some Adobe Illustrator properties are not preserved because there are no Expression Design-equivalent properties.
To open a file in Expression Design
Do one of the following:
On the File menu, click Open, browse to the file that you want to open in Expression Design, and then click Open.
Drag the file from Windows Explorer or the desktop into the Expression Design application window. Some file formats, such as PNG, will be pasted directly into the selected layer in the active document, if a document is open. Other file formats, such as AI, will open in a new document window.
You can also import image files.
To import a file
On the File menu, click Import (or press CTRL+I), browse to the file that you want to import, and then click Open. The image is added to the open document.
AI files are stored at a resolution of 72 ppi. When you import an AI file into Expression Design, the image will be scaled to preserve the physical dimensions of the pixels in the resolution of the Expression Design document.