I was browsing one day over the web for explanation regarding expression studio ,I found one interesting ,simple and brief one.I’m reproducing it with some formatting.
Expression Web is a newer version of Front Page (which product line was discontinued), and is essentially a web design tool for you to create standards based websites, comparable to tools like Adobe Dreamweaver.
Expression Design is a graphic design tool where you design your graphical assets, and despite being a vector design tool, it comes with some nifty features to add bitmap effects too, comparable to Adobe Illustrator.
Expression Blend is the Application GUI design tool, allowing you to create and design WPF and Silverlight applications (Expression Blend 2 supports only Silverlight 1.0, where Expression Blend 2.5 June Preview supports both Silverlight 1.0 and Silverlight 2). For each of your animations, you could create interactive animations, style and manage your controls, forms, and other assets of you animation. You could also effectively collaborate and work with Visual Studio. For building WPF and Silverlight applications, the basic workflow is to use Expression Blend for GUI design, styling and animating your application, and using Visual Studio to do the back-end coding. It is comparable to Adobe Flash.
I might as well also mention the other two tools of the Expression Studio suite, Expression Media allows you to effectively catalog and manage your media assets, and Expression Encoder allows you to encode video for the Web.
To create a Website, for example a ASP.NET Web application with a Silverlight Media Player, you would be using:
- Expression Web to do your Master Pages, HTML, CSS, etc and lay out your Website structure and design
- Expression Design to design your website’s graphical assets like a banner placed on the header, icons, transparent PNGs etc.
- Expression Encoder to encode a video and generate a Silverlight Video Player, which is then added to your Website.
- Expression Blend to style the Silverlight Video Player, and further customize the colors and animation to make it fit to the look and feel of your Website’s color scheme, theme, etc.
- Expression Media, not really included in the workflow of building Websites, but could be used to manage and catalog all the graphical assets you created so you could easily find them later on.
You could check out the links to the various video, tutorials, self-study labs and stuff in the Learn section of the Expression Community. If you have any more specific questions on anything about Expression Studio you would like to know please do not hesitate to drop more questions.
Hope this “crash course” gave you a better picture of how to work with the various tools of Expression Studio 🙂