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Dynamic fields using INDD Data Merge

Recent poster created using Data-Merge fields and CSV sheet (fig.1)

Fig.1 CSV Data set

Usually purposed for books or large publicaions, Data merge allows referencing of CSV values in order to populate specific fields/boxes within the poster/artwork.

Benefits of this include:

  • Automatic transposition of other data sets used internally
  • Remove possibility of typos
  • Swift and accurate switching up of data fields
  • Allows designers to focus on design aspects rather than re-typing information
  • Automatic, multi variant publication from templates generating different values in each export (automatically)

In order to reveal the Data-Merge window, navigate to Top Bar Menu > Window > Utilities > Data Merge. From here it is clearly explained how to populate/import each field from a CSV/TXT file editable in Microsoft Excel software.

Data Merge window (InDesign CC)