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.


WMF files are not supported in 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.

Open a file in Expression Design

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.

Copy and paste from another program

You can also copy and paste from another program into Expression Design.

To copy and paste artwork from another application

  1. In another program, select a part of an image, and then copy it to the Clipboard.

  2. In Expression Design, on the Edit menu, click Paste or Paste Special.

Import a file

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.

See also


Copy and paste objects