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Harness the power of Adobe InDesign's data merge and style panel. Whether you're creating custom mail-outs or other mail-merge needs, familiarize yourself with this powerful InDesign panel in this in-depth, step-by-step guide. This book shows you how to easily create, edit, and print data merged documents that match specific branding and style guidelines.
You'll learn how to combine MS Excel to create a faster workflow and quickly turn your Adobe InDesign CC 2017 files into printer-ready files. In this book, we'll also take a look at how to apply paragraph and character styles to your text and how you can alter formatting using Global Regular Expressions Print (GREPs).
With Data Merge and Styles for Adobe InDesign CC 2017 as your guide, you'll see how to save time and money by learning all the peculiarities and powerful features of Adobe InDesign data merge. By the end of this book, you'll be able to streamline your workflow and avoid using MS Word's mail merge and back-and-forth edits.
What You'll LearnCreate custom print media with text styles using Adobe InDesign CC 2017
Work with GREPs in conjunction with Character and Paragraph Styles to customize data
Build a numbering sequence for ticketsCreate single and multiple data mergesWho This Book Is ForStudents, graphic designers, and corporate administrators who need to create documents for events.

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Frontmatter

Chapter 1. Introduction: Creating a Workspace

Abstract
In the past, I had created labels for our clients using Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word Mail Merge. However, there were instances where I had to lay out some of the artwork in Adobe InDesign or the client supplied only a PDF of the artwork. Working with these graphics in Microsoft Word along with a Mail Merge did not always produce the desired results. Often, I only had few hours to create the custom file that consisted of more than 100 pages. There was little time to experiment with a new layout in Word and setup of the Excel data when it was formatted incorrectly. I took some time, therefore, to learn the features of InDesign Data Merge and found that it was very much like the Mail Merge in Word. Over the years, my printing boss and I have had many clients ask us to create data merged files for their mailings and corporate events. The following chapters detail some of the main uses for Data Merge, but I am sure that after you have read this book you will be able to find additional ways to use the Data Merge within your company.
Jennifer Harder

Chapter 2. Working with Paragraph Styles to Create Sequential Numbering

Abstract
If you have created printing layouts before, you will remember that for small items like tickets you can have more than one item on a sheet.
Jennifer Harder

Chapter 3. Creating a Single Merge Record Using the Data Merge Panel

Abstract
The ability to number tickets is useful, but another handy tool is the Data Merge panel. As mentioned earlier, it is like the Mail Merge section of Microsoft Word. In InDesign, you might have created the layout for a one-page presentation letter for a folder. Within the layout of text, you will have set areas that will change like the name of the person or their address. In this chapter, I will show you how to achieve this using the Data Merge panel.
Jennifer Harder

Chapter 4. Creating a Single Merge Record with Images Using the Data Merge Panel

Abstract
In the last chapter, you learned how to work with text in a data merge. However, in some cases if you are creating a product sheet of data or profile sheet for each of your top salespeople who will be at the convention, you need to be able to include images in your data merge. Let’s look at how you can do that.
Jennifer Harder

Chapter 5. Creating a Multiple Merge Record Using the Data Merge Panel

Abstract
For the last several chapters we have looked at merging single records. Now we will look at multiple merge records. Much of what we have learned in the earlier lessons can be applied to multiple merges when it comes to setting up your .csv files. However, the layout for the file in Adobe InDesign CC is a bit more challenging.
Jennifer Harder

Chapter 6. Working with Character and Paragraph GREP Styles with the Data Merge Panel

Abstract
In InDesign, this acronym stands for global/regular expressions/print. There are many web sites and books written on the topic. People who design web sites will know of them as Regular Expressions (RegExp). I even talk about Regular Expressions for formatting and validation in my book Enhancing Adobe Acrobat DC Forms with JavaScript. GREPs are a type of a program language that scans a specified file or files line by line, returning lines that contain a pattern. From an InDesign point of view, here are some links you can look at to become familiar with GREPs
Jennifer Harder

Chapter 7. Troubleshooting

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In this chapter, you’ll look at a few troubleshooting tips to ensure that your InDesign Data Merge project runs smoother and conclude with a quiz to test your knowledge.
Jennifer Harder

Backmatter

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