John Garrett shows the final Tests screen of the Variable Importer, and walks through each test. Then he finished the import of all the variables and datasets into Adobe Illustrator. He demonstrates the benefit of naming the Illustrator objects and using the auto-binding options of the Variable Importer script.
- [Voiceover] The last screen of the variable importer,…the test screen which I have selected at the top,…is kind of a catch-all for testing…each aspect of your import process.…For example, we have tabs for testing…the data set names, image files,…graph files, and the art bindings.…Even though we can actually do those tests…within the individual sections where we set up those…separate parts, this is a way to let you…do those tests all from one spot…instead of visiting each section one by one.…I'll click the Refresh Test button to start.…A notable tab here is the Art Bindings tab.…
This is a list of all variables and the number…of found art items that match with them.…It's similar to the Find Art button…in the Auto Binding section of the Options tab,…except this one is more specific and lists…each variable instead of giving you a combined report.…Normally I just stop by this section before each import…and click the Refresh Test button to run each test.…If it all looks good here, then I'll proceed…by clicking the Import Variables button at the bottom.…
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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