John Garrett lists all the different types of variables that are supported by Adobe Illustrator. He shows how to create these variables using the Variables panel, and also provides an overview of the Variables panel itself. In addition, he'll demonstrate how to bind (or connect) each of the types of variables to your design elements on the artboard.
- [Voiceover] I'm going to explain and create the…different types of variables you use with Illustrator.…But first, let's examine my document, which I'm…calling a hero card.…For the purposes of this course, let's say I've…been contracted by the Federal Department of…Extra-normal Affairs to make up documents…on 10 heroes.…Normally, if you only had 10 files you might…just make make them by hand.…But, we're setting up this file for maximum…efficiency, just in case we need to add any…new heroes to our files later.…This file contains objects that will use…every kind of variable you can work with in Illustrator,…including text string variables, image variables,…graph variables, and finally visibility variables.…
In most cases, the type of object you select on…the art board will determine which type of…variable it becomes.…To create these variables, we'll need the…variables panel.…If yours isn't already open, choose window…variables from the top menu.…At the bottom of the variables panel…there's a context sensitive button, second…
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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