John Garrett explains how to prepare graphics for use with variable data in Adobe Illustrator. He describes the difference between linked graphics vs. embedded graphics, and also goes over some common problems with sizing and cropping graphics and suggest best practices to be considered before importing.
- [Voiceover] Back in Chapter 1,…we discussed using images and how to make them variable.…Just to restate it,…your images must be linked and not embedded.…Illustrator's variable data feature…can't work with an image that's already…embedded into your document.…For example,…clicking my image on the left,…we can see that when it's selected,…it has an X through the picture,…that's letting me know that this image is linked…to a file on my hard drive,…and if I were to change that file,…Illustrator would update the image in this document as well.…
It doesn't really matter where this picture is.…It can be in the same directory…as the images you plan on importing,…or it can be somewhere else.…It doesn't even have to be one…of your actual project images.…It can just be a blank placeholder if you want.…As soon as you import, it'll be replaced anyway.…One thing that does matter though…will be the physical dimensions of your images.…By this I mean how wide and tall they are.…A best practice for preparing your images…for variable import…
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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