Designer John Garrett appreciates the many different types of variables and their practical uses, including generating business cards and direct mailers. In this course, he explains how to use variable data including managing linked images, graphics, tables of data, and graphs. He covers the entire workflow, from setup to exporting dynamic batches.
- Setting up Illustrator files
- Using Appearances
- Setting up data sources
- Importing data
- Managing linked variables
- Binding and using prepend paths and presets
- Using the Variables panel
- Naming data sets
- Generating multiple versions with batch exporting
Skill Level Advanced
- [Voiceover] Hi, I'm John Garrett, and welcome to this course all about Adobe Illustrator Variable Data. We're gonna look at using variable data to quickly create multiple versions of the same design. I'll show you the default method to set up your variables and capture data sets by using the Variables panel. Then, I'll show you how to use the Variable Importer script to import data in a more efficient manner, starting in chapter two. We'll also see how to format your data into a comma-separated value or .csv file, using Microsoft Excel, in chapter three.
I'll share best practices and tips and tricks to streamline your process. If you put in a little work up front, you can save a lot of time down the line, and you can get your jobs out the door a lot faster. Thanks for joining me. Now let's jump in so I can show you what this Variable Data feature can do for you.
1. Exploring Variable Data
2. Setting up Illustrator Files
3. Setting up a CSV Document
4. Importing using Variable Importer Script
5. Working with the Variables Panel
6. Exporting and Reviewing
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