Is it possible to fill text values in Illustrator from an Excel sheet or another external file format? I have a large number of images and some texts to be added onto them.
Is it possible to automate this task in Adobe Illustrator?
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Yes, naturally. Nearly all (serious) applications have a programming interface. Illustrator does, as does excel. Not only can you reasonably easily make illustrator read external files. You can make illustrator react to changes in excel itself as they are being made, with not much more effort.
Now your intention is a bit abstract so it is hard to give a concrete example. The thing that your question is quiet about how this is to be done. I mean is this some sort of batching action. In other words do you have a number of vector files on disk and you want to add a text in the document and save. Or is this some sort of card generation where you add a image to a new file with text. While admittedly the later would be adding images to text (but people who do not know how to do X often describe their intention wrong).
SO two basic approaches:
You can limitedly automate some actions in Illustrator (just like in Photoshop). It won’t work, for instance if you are custom typing different text each image. But let’s say you have to do some things the same.
Example: Let’s say you had a job where all files need to be converted to CMYK from RBG:
The point here is, think through what the repetitive tasks are that you can batch. What amazes me is that if done right, it will go from say, 10 minutes per item to literally seconds. If you had something that was so automated that you could create an action from open to close, you would save tons and tons of time.