Questions tagged [data-merge]

Data-merge is a software function which compiles a final file from multiple sources of information.

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How do I format a URL image link in my tab-delimited data file to data merge with InDesign templates?

I have a data merge file I created in Excel that I export as a comma-delimited text file to import into an InDesign template. Traditionally, I have imported images from a networked drive by setting ...
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Quickly merge text frames in InDesign

Is there a way to quickly link text frames in InDesign? The only way I know is the one-by-one select the in/out handle on each text frame. My use case: I used data merge to create a merged Indd for a ...
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Indesign Data Merge & Smart Text Reflow- not deleting blank pages

Apologies if this has already been answered-- I looked and was unable to find anything that addressed my specific issue. My question will make more sense if I briefly explain what I am trying to ...
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Mapping Excel data with id’s into InDesign

Is there a way when mapping from Excel into InDesign to assign id’s to the data that is being mapped? For instance, see the image below and record id 15. If we have a column header labelled “id”, can ...
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How can I merge a heap of text into an image using Photoshop 2017 CC?

I have a templated PSD image that I want to use to build a heap of "memes" (for want of a better word). I have a heap of tips in text format. Most of them are 1-2 sentences at the most. I want to ...
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Multiple-page, varied-information Data Merge in InDesign?

Can I use Data Merge in InDesign to input various information from a .cvs file into multiple pages of a resource directory? The idea is sustainability for the customer... lay it out once and then ...
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data merge not generating multiple records. Repeats one throughout

I's doing a multiple record data merge in Indesign. I believe that I've set it up correctly and when I preview multiple record layout and preview each page I have all of 125 records viewing correctly ...
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InDesign: images using Data Merge

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: I set up the .csv correctly, to the best of my knowledge: but ...
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How to change text couple times and save every single one?

Is there a way to make really quickly ID's for events? I have a background for my ID's but I have to make them one at a time and save it for each person on the list. Can I somehow automate this ...
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Best Approaches to streamline production design for assets

I'm looking for some suggestions for how to do best manage a design pipeline that requires lots of assets that need to be created based off a few core templates. For our marketing we have 2-3 core ...
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Indesign - How to create a conditional space between fields in a data merge

When performing a data merge in InDesign, is there a way to conditionally include a space between fields? Something like as follows: <<Title>>[conditional space here]<<Name>> ...
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How to set a variable on selected text only using illustrator?

I am making flashcards using Illustrator and I'd like to select only a one character in a text and set it as variable. I will then populate that letter with a dataset. This one character is ...
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Adobe Illustrator Variable Data - XML & CSV data drops apostrophes and quotation marks in data

I am generating a custom report with custom graph data for each record. Since I need to generate the graph data I am stuck with Illustrator as the program to develop the unique designs for each record....
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Variables and Data Sets in Adobe Illustrator

I've created a document with around 50 Art Boards. I've added a Data Set which is just updating ONE art board. My questions is, can I get the Data Set to work across ALL the art boards. OR - can ...
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Batch Saving Data Sets - Illustrator Error on Data Set Change

I am trying to update all the Data Sets in my Illustrator document so that when I do a Batch Action Save I don't get the following error: The current values have not been captured and will be ...
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Indesign newlines with datamerge

I have an InDesign document with a data source (csv). Part of the template looks like this: <<first-title>><<first-text>><<second-title>><<second-text>>...
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Indesign data merge not working with special characters

Data merge is not importing certain characters correctly. Namely greek letters (Ψ, Ω, etc). I've tried different fonts and still no dice.
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How to auto delete a space left after a data merge in InDesign?

I have an InDesign document which is filled from the data in a CSV file using data merge. The CSV has columns for First Name, Middle Name & Last Name, but some of the data in the CSV isn't filled ...
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Updating all image and data links in an Indesign Book

I'm fairly sure that this is impossible but I thought I'd ask anyway. I have an Indesign Book file composed of a large number of documents, each with multiple image and .csv links. The linked files (...
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Data Merge InDesign CC layout problems

If you know about Data Merge, you know most people have trouble with styles or with actual entries. Here, I'm having trouble with the layout itself. The document I'm working on will shift down and to ...
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Combining multiple data merge documents in InDesign

I have a report made in InDesign that needs to go to several different types of recipients (e.g. study participants, advisory board, and other powers-than be). The report everyone gets is the same, ...
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How to set the background color by data source?

i have multiple vcards, where each person has a different background color. what is the best approach, to have all the vcard data in a data source file and also control the color by this file? ...
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Create multiple playing card designs with variable text data

I'm creating a card game, and have 220 cards to design and export as CMYK PDFs for offset printing. Each card will have the same design but different text. I've saved the text for each card in Excel. ...
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how to populate only complete data with easy catalog

I am working with Easy Catalog by 65bit for the first time. Right now I am merging data by setting up field markers. I have included a screen shot of an Excel spreadsheet for reference purposes. I ...
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Conditional text in InDesign data merge

I'm using InDesign to data merge a mail list with a letter. Some entries are single addresses, others are married addresses; in the salutation the customer wants to greet the reader by first name(s). ...
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InDesign: Data Merging from spread sheet for timetables

Ok So my job is creating timetables for bus routes having them in DL leaflet form and A4 pdf from for online. Currently I build them both individually (Which is obviously very time consuming) so I ...
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Messed fonts while data merging in Indesign

I am transalting a 15-page brochure to 23 languages and I keep running into obstacles. While I finally managed to get data to merge properly I seem to get another problem which is messed up text after ...
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Merging layers with various blend modes [closed]

I tried to merge three layers with Blend Modes - Normal, Dissolve, Screen respectively. But the image completely differs from what it should be. How do I merge layers with various Blend Modes in ...
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Indesign Data Merge. Manipulate single Target File From Master Document without creating Individual .indd.

I'm curious if there is an option to manipulate a single Document/Data-Set from the Data-Merge-Sets without the need to export all the Files to individual .indd's. In My special case i'd like to ...
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Illustrator: Edit text in multiple text boxes at the same time

I have two text boxes that I need to have identical text, but in different fonts. Is there any way I can edit only the text content of both at the same time (keeping the fonts different).
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Indesign data merge and facing pages

I know that my question is could already be asked, but I can't find a clear answer. I'm new to Indesign (i'm coming from webdesign), and I have to create a catalog. Each page contains the photo of a ...
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Data Merge fouling up Single Quotes

While using InDesign's Data Merge feature, I've noticed that all my single-quotes are getting turned into other non-English characters. For example, here's a snippet of the source .csv file: And ...
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Complex data merge in Adobe InDesign for business cards

I have a spreadsheet of people's info for business cards including name, title, phone, mobile and email that I want to use as the input file for an InDesign data merge. The phone, mobile and email ...
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How to make 150+ certificates, each with a different name

I have a "Certificate of Recognition" PSD file with a blank line for the name portion. Is there a way to input all the participants' names without duplicating a certificate for each person ...
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Datamerge - Excel to Indesign [duplicate]

I have a problem with a data merge. On several tutorials if they selected the CSV file, all the data loads up separately but when I select the CSV file, all data loads like this: So I can't load ...
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InDesign, Data Merge and Variable Text Wrap

I am working on card game with many, many cards. These cards have variable icons on them (example: some cards have the moon icon and some don't) I am using data merge to place the images where needed ...
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InDesign combines all csv separated columns as one field in data merge

I am trying to import an Excel CSV into InDesign Data Merge. Everytime I try to export the csv, it appears in Data Merge as only one field, with fields separated by semicolons, although in Excel I ...
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Faster merge software than Indesign Data merge

We have created an Indesign document for 450.000 letters we need to send. Included in this letter is a Datamatrix barcode. We are trying to merge the data, but it takes forever, we can only do batches ...
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How to delete unused data sets after a batch export to separate files?

I read the answers to the following question: Illustrator variables / data-driven documents: how to batch-export one file for each data set? So now I have multiple files created...awesome! But now I ...
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Illustrator variables / data-driven documents: how to batch-export one file for each data set?

With the Variables window in Illustrator you can make something a bit like a data-merge document with lots of variants for different records (InDesign’s data merge is usually better, but I have to use ...
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Data merging multiple pages with multiple text fieds in a Brochure [InDesign CC]

I have this InDesign CC document that is a multipage brochure (15 to be exact) that has a lot of text on every page. I need to know if there's a way to switch the data in every page with data merge to ...
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How to automatically Import data from MS excel CELLS to table cells?

i have a huge MS excel file with 120 columns and 20 rows. I want to import all the data from excel cells into table cells in CorelDraw (or may be other graphic design software). Here there are two ...
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Indesign catalog with categories with content from spreadsheet

TL;DR: Does anyone know how to show on InDesign file one table field that represents "Category" and under that all other table entries that have that same "category"? Details: I have to create ...
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How do you save each file created by Indesign Data Merge

I have used data merge to create 100 PDFs, how do I save each one individually with its own name?
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Why does Indesign combine my csv columns into a single entry, when data merging?

I'm data merging a csv file into a indesign file to export buisness cards. However when I select the csv for data merging, Indesign reads the file and should display the columns in the file as seperat ...
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InDesign data merge template not following path

I'm creating a curved path which is being used as a placeholder for data merge content. I create the path, click on it, then double-click the field in the data merge window. It places <<...
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Can I use Illustrator to import text data and populate text boxes?

I have a long list of organizations in one column in my csv. I would like to populate separate text boxes within one Illustrator file with this data. These text boxes are not in a table, but in a ...
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Responsive data merge in InDesign?

I'm using InDesign's Data Merge feature for the first time and am wondering if there is anyway for the text being input into InDesign from a .csv file can be responsive in size. For example, if the ...
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Auto-centering elements when using Data Merge

I'm using data merge to fill in data of a master template. I have a group of three placeholders: a circle (colors vary), a number on top of it, and variable-length text (a name) to the right. As ...
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InDesign Data Merge with hyperlinks [closed]

I want to run a data merge with text and photos and I want to be able to hyperlink the photo to a website. I have about 400 entries with the data merge that will each be on a separate page but I can't ...