John Garrett demonstrates how to choose directories for all images and graphs in one location. He also shows the two log buttons that show if any images or graphs are found in the directories that have been chosen. He then explains how choosing your directories here will persist until another directory is chosen, even if the options are unchecked.
- [Voiceover] Our next screen is the Filepath screen…which I have selected here at the top.…Luckily, this part isn't as dense…as the last screen.…Including the current preset field,…there are relativerly few options here.…Basically, this is a spot to set a folder…for all of our images and all of our graphs.…So, even if I had several different…image variables, if the images…were all in the same folder,…I could just choose that one directory here…instead of selecting a different directory…for each variable.…If you use these buttons,…it's a one-way trip.…
Meaning that the script will set all the…paths to wherever you choose here,…but if you were to uncheck these buttons,…it won't go back and remove…those paths or revert back…to what was there previously.…You'd either have to add new directory paths here,…or go back to the first variable display screen…to choose new paths individually.…The first section is a preplanned image path.…If you click the choose folder button,…you'll be able to pick the folder…that contains all your images.…
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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