John Garrett describes what point type is in Adobe Illustrator, and also explains the benefits of using it with variable data, as opposed to area type. He then shows some of the pitfalls of using point type with variable data, and how to best prepare for those issues, including a feature of the Variable Importer script that works well with point type.
- [Voiceover] Last time we discussed potential…issues with setting up area type.…Now we'll go over issues you might face…when using point type for variable data.…Point type is created by choosing the Type tool,…then clicking once on the Art Board.…Doing this will create a point with a blinking cursor…insertion point for you to begin typing or to paste in text.…When it comes to variable data, point text…has the opposite problem from area type,…namely that point type isn't constrained at all.…If I were to paste a large block of copy…into an area type box that was too small,…the text box would become overset,…as we discussed last time.…
But, if we were to paste that same copy…into a point type object, instead of being constrained,…that copy will stretch out on one line until it ends.…It doesn't matter if it doesn't fit the design or not.…It'll even stretch off the art board…with no regard for its borders.…For example, at the top of my design,…I have the hero name, the hero real name,…and their base of operations.…
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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