John Garrett shows how to save all of your types of variables into a "Data Set", which will represent one row in your csv spreadsheet, and one version of your file. He also shows how to export those data sets to an xml variable library that you can use as a template to input your own data, then re-import back into Illustrator.
- [Voiceover] In the last video we introduced…each variable type and showed how to…bind those variables to the…design elements on the artboard.…In this video I'll explain the concept of…saving your variables as a data set…and show you how to export that…data set to an XML file.…That XML file is where you would input your own data.…We'll see what that file looks like later on.…Right now I have all of my variables…in the variables panel, bound to objects…on the artboard and I wanna make sure…I save a record of those variables.…To do this I'll click the camera icon…located at the top left of the variables panel.…
This is the capture data set button,…this button won't be active unless…there actually are variables…listed in the variables panel.…The camera icon is used to indicate…that clicking this button will take a snashot…of the content on the artboard at that moment.…Since I've clicked the capture data set button…the data set field at the top of the variables panel…which previously was empty,…now reads Data Set 1 so now we have…
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
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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