You can leverage the power of Adobe InDesign's Data Merge tool to create impactful, engaging variable data printed jobs. Following along with two sample projects, you'll learn all about the various levels of variable data printing (VDP), how to properly prepare, sort, and export raw data using Microsoft Excel, merge and update data in InDesign, and export PDFs for digital printing. Finally, learn how to extend InDesign's VDP capabilities using powerful third-party plug-ins.
Time to complete: 1 hour for the course and knowledge assessments.
You will learn
- All about VDP and InDesign Data Merge
- How to properly prep your data for VDP
- How to create a simple, multiple up VDP document using the InDesign Data Merge tool
- How to create a more complex VDP postcard with variable image swaps
- How to properly update and re-link data with Data Merge
- All about PDF/VT and the proper settings for exporting PDFs for VDP
- Extending InDesign VDP with third-party plug-ins
Joe Marin is Vice President, Education and Training for Printing Industries of America. Joe is one of the industry's leading voices on digital technologies, including all things related to succeeding in a digital print environment. He is a veteran speaker at GRAPH EXPO and other venues on color management, PDF workflow, preparing print-ready files, web-to-print, and business-related issues. Joe also develops, presents, and consults on integrated print technologies such as augmented reality, mobile website development, and search engine optimization and marketing. Joe has developed custom training programs for major industry manufacturers and suppliers and managed both the NPES Teachers Update and Conference. He is the author of the Prepress Skills Training Program, Process Control Primer, Digital Prepress Primer, and co-author of The PDF Print Production Guide, all published by Printing Industries Press.
Prior to joining Printing Industries of America, Joe was a production solutions consultant with Konica Minolta, and in a former role, manager of training programs for PIA. Joe also worked in the prepress departments of several Pittsburgh-area printing companies. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Communications from California University of Pennsylvania.