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Chapter 19. Designing for the Web > Defining and Editing Web Data Variables

Defining and Editing Web Data Variables

When you work with images in ImageReady, you can define variables to drive the graphics in your Web document. Data-driven graphics make it possible to create multiple versions of an image fast and precise. For example, you need to produce several Web banners using the same template. Instead of creating each banner, one at time, you can use data-driven graphics, to generate Web banners using variables and data sets. Any image can be converted into a template for data-driven graphics by defining variables for layers in the image. A data set is a collection of variables and associated data. You can switch between data sets to upload different data into your template. When you combine a Defined layer with a data set, you can use the information to swap images based on input variables.

Define a Data Driven Graphic

Open a document in ImageReady.

Select the layer in which you want to define variables.

Click the Image menu, point to Variables, and then click Define.

Select from the available options:

  • Visibility. Select to show or hide the content of the layer.

  • Pixel Replacement. Select to replace the pixels in the layer with pixels from another image file.

  • Text Replacement. Select to replace a string of text in a type layer. (Available when a text layer is selected.)

  • Name. Enter names for the variables. Variable names must begin with a letter, underscore, or colon.

  • Pixel Replacement Options. Click to select a method for scaling the replacement image.

To define variables for an additional layer, choose a layer from the Layer list arrow.

Click OK.



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