John Garrett begins the process of exporting separate files by creating an auto save action in Adobe Illustrator using the Actions panel. He explains creating a new set, creating the new actions, the best settings for this action, and goes over some potential pitfalls when creating your own save action.
- [Voiceover] Now that we're done with importing,…it's time to save out the fruit of our labor…as separate files.…This way you can send proof to your client…or even create final files to be sent to the printer.…We have 10 datasets,…so we can expect to end up with 10 separate files.…We could cycle through the datasets…and save each one manually,…but that would be pretty time-consuming…even for only 10 files.…If you had hundreds of datasets,…saving each one manually would waste a lot of time…and be extremely tedious.…To make this easier on ourselves,…we can use an Illustrator action to save to separate files,…which means, first, we'll create the action…and then run that action in a batch multiple times…until all the separate files are saved.…
To set up an action, we'll need the Actions panel.…If the Actions panel is invisible,…choose Window, Actions from the top menu to show it.…If you've never used Illustrator actions before,…you'll likely only have the default action set…showing in the panel.…To create a new set,…
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
Creating a save action3m 25s
Next steps1m 12s
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