Creating Data Driven Content with Adobe products

Master the data driven features of the Adobe print family of products in this two-day training class.

Do you need to automate your content creation for Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign? Do you need to get information from a database or spreadsheet into the Adobe programs? If so this class is for you. This two-day training class focuses on the built-in features in the Adobe products to generate designed content from data. There are limitations to these product’s built-in capabilities so we will also examine additional free scripting tools.

NOTE: We discuss third party commercial tools in Q&A sessions but we do not use them and they are not the primary focus of this class, the primary focus being the tools already built into the products. This is also not a scripting class, although students do learn to import and use third-party free scripts. Training in third-party plugins or scripting training (javascript only) for any Adobe product is available as one-on-one training, use our contact form for more information.  

This class covers the following techniques: 

  • Creating dynamic content with InDesign’s data merge and the data from a database or spreadsheet
  • Creating dynamic content with InDesign’s XML importing and the data from a database or spreadsheet
  • Importing data and formatting using InDesign’s search/replace and tables features
  • Using free third-party scripts to automate in InDesign
  • Using the variable data panel in Illustrator to batch create art and graphs
  • Using the variable data panel in Photoshop
  • Using Photoshop’s batching and automation functions
  • Basics of scripting with JavaScript
  • When to invest in third party plugins

 

 

Basic experience with Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign or equivalent experience with instructor approval. 

  • 12 hours of hands on training – 9am to 4pm both days
  • 100% custom training content exclusive to C2
  • 1 year of email tech support
  • 1 year free retake policy
  • 100% Satisfaction guarantee
Class Outline by Topic

Class Outline

Automation in Photoshop & Bridge
– batch processing, batch renaming and loading into layers
– batch image conversion and resizing
– exporting layers to files
– Photoshop actions introduction
– Photoshop Generator for exporting layers as JPG or PNG
– Dynamic images created from a database or spreadsheet
– Translation considerations
– Free third party scripts to extend Photoshops’s data capabilities
– Overview of commercial scripts for data driven content

Automation in Illustrator
– Export for screens tool
– Symbols for updating artwork and making “master pages” in Illustrator
– Batch saving artboards
– Dynamic illustrations created from a database or spreadsheet
– Translation considerations
– Free third party scripts to extend Illustrator’s data capabilities
– Overview of commercial scripts for data driven content

Automation in InDesign
– Dynamic data with InDesign Tags (few use cases but good to know how/why)
– Text variables and conditional text
– Using InDesign Books for custom document builds
– Importing spreadsheet data as tables
– GREP search and replace for large data sets
– Dynamic content with Data Merge
– Dynamic content with XML import
– Translation considerations
– Scripting InDesign and useful, free third party scripts
– Overview of commercial scripts for data driven content
– Overview of commercial plugins for data driven content
– Overview of InDesign server (developer edition starts at $2000/year, publishing licenses start at $5000/year)

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