John Garrett shows how to use the Appearance panel to simplify artwork and create Illustrator text effects. He explains how doing this can lower the chances for mistakes, plus he shows how it can reduce the number of objects on the artboard, and then reduce the overall amount of processing and memory needed when importing variables.
- [Voiceover] In the past, the Appearance panel…was just a place I went to to change the settings…for my drop shadow effects.…I never did anything else with it,…and I didn't realize you could do anything else.…But now, it's indispensable to me.…And it can actually help you when…you're setting up your design for variable data.…I won't go over every in and out of the Appearance panel,…but I'll show you a specific example of how it helps…with this design.…To learn more about the features of the Appearance panel,…check out this video,…Mastering the Appearance Panel…in the Illustrator CC Power Shortcuts course…by Justin Seeley.…
Next, I'm going to create a new layer…above the name layer by clicking the…Create New Layer button at the bottom of the Layers Panel.…I'll just name this one Name_Appearance…but double-clicking the name in the Layers panel.…Variable data doesn't care about the name of your layer,…but I like to keep things organized.…So now, I'll click the blue text in front of the stack,…and type Cmd-C to copy it.…
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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