John Garrett shows how to use the previously created auto save action in a batch process in order to automate the process of saving out all datasets as separate files from Adobe Illustrator. He demostrates using the Batch window, and walks through each section to explain the ups and downs of each possible setting.
- [Voiceover] In the last video,…we created an Illustrator action that saves a PDF.…And now we're gonna capitalize on that…by using the action to run a batch process.…The batch command runs an action…on multiple files at a time.…More importantly for our purposes,…we can use the batch command to run the action…we just made on our data sets.…To start the batch process, we'll need the actions panel.…If yours isn't already open,…go to the window menu at the top of the screen…and choose actions to show it.…At the top right of the actions panel,…click the flyout menu icon…and choose batch from the bottom of the menu.…
This will open the batch window,…where I'll walk through all the options.…At the top is the play section.…This is where we choose the action we want to run.…In the last video, I made a new set…that I named export actions.…I'll select this one now with the set drop-down.…In the action drop-down,…I'll choose the only action available,…which is the save data sets as PDF action…I made in the last video.…When I made the set and only assigned one action to 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
Creating a save action3m 25s
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