InDesign Insider Training: Data Merge and Database Publishing

with David Blatner
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InDesign Insider Training: Data Merge and Database Publishing
Video duration: 0s 1h 52m Advanced Updated Jul 02, 2014


When faced with large amounts of information, the designer's challenge is to make it clear and easy to understand. Adobe InDesign can help. With its Data Merge command, you can take raw data from spreadsheets or databases and quickly apply formatting with an InDesign template. In this course, author David Blatner takes you through the data merge capabilities of InDesign, two example projects (name tags and a catalog), and some third-party solutions that extend InDesign's data handling power.

Topics include:
  • Understanding data merge
  • Setting up the data
  • Creating the template
  • Building a merged document
  • Adding images
  • Updating the data
  • Extending Data Merge
  • Helpful third-party plugins and scripts


- [Voiceover] Hi, I'm David Blatner and this is InDesign Insider Training: Data Merge and Database Publishing. All of us awash in information and in order to make sense of it all, we have to present it in an easy-to-understand visual style. In this title, I'm going to show you how to automate the process, taking raw data from a spreadsheet or a database and applying formatting to it quickly. I'm gonna focus on a database publishing tool built right into InDesign called Data Merge. I'll also discuss the limitations of Data Merge and I'll explore some other, more powerful third-party options too.

I'll start with the simple example of name tags which illustrates all the basics you need to know. Then, we'll look at making a flier that requires frequent updating. And then I'll show you how you can make a more complicated directory, hundreds of pages long. So come on, let's see how it's done.

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