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Error message when you open a .design document in Expression Design: "Missing Image Report"
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When you open a .design document in Microsoft Expression Design, you receive an error message that resembles the following error message:
Missing Image Report
Cannot find 1 image fill files.
Please move the missing files to the specified folders and reopen the Design document. You may also reapply the image fills to the specified objects.
Cannot find image fill file: File_Name.jpg
Expected folder: Path
Image fill will be ignored for object: [4 points]
This problem occurs if the following conditions are true:
In Expression Design, the image fill files that are used in a particular .design file are stored by using absolute file references and by using absolute path references. For example, an image file might be stored by using the following path and file name:
C:\Images\CustomImages\Image1.jpgWhen you open a .design file that contains an image fill, Expression Design tries to locate the appropriate image fill file by using the path that is stored in the .design file. If Expression Design cannot locate the file by using the path that is stored in the .design file, you receive the error message that is mentioned in the "Symptoms" section.
Additionally, if Expression Design locates a different image file that has the same path and file name as the file that is used in the .design file, Expression Design uses that different image file as the swatch to fill the shape in the .design file.
Currently, this problem is a limitation of the file format that is used in Expression Design.
To work around this problem, use one of the following methods:
Method 1: Use a shared network locationIf you have to share the .design file among different computers, store all the image files in a shared network location. When you do this, the .design file has the same path for the image file regardless of which computer you use to open the .design file.
Method 2: Create the same path on the destination computerIf you have to open the .design file on another computer, create the same path for the image files on the destination computer as the path on the computer from which you created the .design file.
For example, if the image files are located in the C:\Images\CustomImages\ folder on the source computer, copy the image files to a C:\Images\CustomImages\ folder on the destination computer.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
Steps to reproduce the problem
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