Probably missing something simple. I'm trying to set up a post card template that has a couple hundred images that I'm trying to merge:

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I set up the .csv correctly, to the best of my knowledge:

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but when I go to preview in the Data Merge panel I get the message that images are missing. Maybe I did not set up my paths correctly, or the files are not living in the proper folders?

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First time using data merge for images so I'm probably missing something.

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InDesign often struggles with pathes in CSV. For Mac we work with MyDataMerge (https://mydatamerge.com) which is a drag and drop interface for Indesigns data merge. But if you want to do it manually please note that pathes to images need to be complete and HFS.

Instead of "Macintosh HD/Users/richarddelong/Desktop/ Files/M/Mark A. Monaco Foundation/Monaco Golf Save Date PCard/2018/Links/Pics/1/A-_8748 (4).jpg"

Use "Macintosh HD:Users:richarddelong:Desktop: Files:M:Mark A. Monaco Foundation:Monaco Golf Save Date PCard:2018:Links:Pics:1:A-_8748 (4).jpg"

in mydatamerge mentioned above you could simply use (and you could use an excel file) "A-_8748 (4).jpg"

And from inside the app you could tell in which folders to look for the images. That's how data merge should work in general - Adobe look closely.


I think there's a missing text at your .csv doc, the HD, the user, and after the location:

On a Mac system – Macintosh HD:Users:User Name:MyDocuments:Image.psd

To get the real path click on a image and press Cmnd + i and copy the Where line from the General submenu.


  • That didn't do it, unfortunately. The paths in the spreadsheet look like this now: "Macintosh HD/Users/richarddelong/Desktop/ Files/M/Mark A. Monaco Foundation/Monaco Golf Save Date PCard/2018/Links/Pics/1/A-_8748 (4).jpg", but the same error message pops up. I also thought that you can use "relative" paths instead of absolute, like I think these are, and it shouldn't make a different if set up correctly ...
    – alxmntrvl
    Aug 13, 2018 at 15:47
  • I repeat the process and works well, definitely there's something in the path. The line you put in the comment has a space before "Files", the folder name has this space?
    – user120647
    Aug 13, 2018 at 16:03
  • Yes it does have a couple of spaces in front of "Files". Does having the .csv in a certain folder make a difference? Should it be in the same folder as the image files?
    – alxmntrvl
    Aug 13, 2018 at 16:46
  • Try making a test with a .csv file with just the three first images. Maybe one of the total images are really missing or has a different name and data merge preview doesn't work.
    – user120647
    Aug 13, 2018 at 17:06

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