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Chapter 22. Speeding Up Illustrator and ... > Creating Data-Driven Graphics

Creating Data-Driven Graphics

Another handy automation within Illustrator is your ability to create graphics with variable data. This prevents you from having to create numerous versions of the same file over and over.

To better understand this feature, let's look at an example. Say you work for a company that produces a product sold in different countries. The company has a website in each country's native language, so the graphic you produce will vary based on the site on which it appears. Rather than creating a number of different graphics, you can create a single ad with fields for the variable data. References to the variable data are stored in the Variables palette (choose Window, Variables to display the palette, as shown in Figure 22.5).


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