John Garrett shows how to create a preset to save commonly used settings in the Variable Importer script, and also shows how to save those presets as to make them available whenever the script is loaded. Updating the presets when settings have been changed, and how to activate new presets is also covered here.
- [Voiceover] Now we finally get to the preset screen,…which I have selected here at the top.…This is the part where we can create and save…our own presets for the variable and porter.…Presets essentially take a snapshot of your current settings…when you click the Add button, at which point…you'll get a pop-up window where you can name the preset,…and it will have a text list of all the settings as they are…at that moment for you to review.…The preset will become active immediately.…You can double click the presets in the list…and rename them and view the settings if you need to.…To activate another preset, select it in the list…in the main Preset screen, then click…the Activate button on the right.…
All the variable and porter settings will be changed…to those of the selected preset.…To update a preset, change any settings you need to…in the variable and porter script, then select the preset…in the list on the Preset screen.…Once it's selected, then click…the Update button on the right.…When you click the Update button,…
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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