John Garrett demonstrates the syntax to use with the Variable Importer script to indicate visibility when imported into Adobe Illustrator for use with the variable data feature. He goes over two ways to show or hide objects with the script, and shows how to name the csv header correctly for the Variable Importer script.
- [Voiceover] The visibility variable…is simpler than the others…in the sense that it only has two options: on or off.…It's such a basic feature that it can work…on any object, text, image, or graph.…To quickly demonstrate what it does,…I'll switch back over to Illustrator.…On the bottom left, I have the deputy badge…to indicate that some of these heroes…have somehow been legally deputized,…but not all of them.…So that means I need to show it on some data sets,…and hide it on others.…To hide this graphic, first I'll select it,…and then in the layers panel,…I'll click the eye icon to the left of its name.…
Once I do that, we can see that the badge…is no longer showing up on the art board.…That's pretty much it.…All you're doing from the spreadsheet…is indicating the state of that icon.…Let's jump back over to Excel…and examine that visibility column closer.…Just like we did with the image and graph variables,…we need to precede the visibility variable…with a special character, in this case the hashtag symbol.…Once again, we have no quirky formula issues with Excel,…
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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