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How to Automate Layouts with Data in InDesign


In this InDesign video, Julie Shaffer shows how to take data from a source file and automate a layout in her InDesign project. She constructs and fills out a sample of the design then—using InDesign’s data merge function—sets the data to populate that design. Julie is able to set text with styling, put image frames in place, drag and drop data placeholders, then she puts the automation in motion.

This video is an excerpt from Julie’s “Turning Data Into Design” session at CreativePro Week 2022.

Julie Shaffer, CPSM, founded Shaffer Creative in 2012 to share her industry knowledge and orchestrate creative branding solutions for a wide variety of clients. Her work has been recognized with local, national, and international awards for marketing collateral and graphic design. An Adobe Certified Expert in InDesign CC, Julie’s popular training workshops, focused on InDesign for AEC Marketers, take her all over the United States. Learn more about her work at .
  • Carrie says:

    How did you set up the csv file for this?

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