John Garrett demonstrates how to change data on the artboard after import into Adobe Illustrator, and explains how to save those changes by updating the data set using the Variables panel. He also shows what kind of changes trigger an update warning in the Variables panel, and what changes don't trigger the warning.
- [Voiceover] Sometimes, after you've imported,…you may want to change some of the data,…but not so much that you need to re-import…the entire spreadsheet.…For example, if you spotted a typo, or if you wanted…to change a number or add a space,…in this case, you can make your changes…right on the artboard, then update the data set,…using the variables panel.…This file has the data imported.…And in the variables panel, we're on the first…data set for About-Face.…The variables are already bound,…and everything appears to be normal,…however, let's see what happens when…I place my cursor in the powers description…then add a single space at any point in the text.…
If we check back in the variables panel,…we can see that there is now an asterisk…in front of the name of the data set.…This is to alert us that something in the data itself…has changed for this particular data set.…It means that the data on the artboard no longer…matches what was imported from the spreadsheet.…Illustrator will kind of freak out about this,…
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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