Data Merge

In Class Assignment:

Use the Data Merge function in InDesign to create 2 “merged” documents

  • Business Cards
  • Name Tags

Step one, quickly design your documents (this is just an exercise, I’m not looking for something fancy!)
Business cards should be set up 1 per page & designed to the correct trim size (3.5 x 2) WITH BLEED for commercial printing

Include the following information:
First, Last, email, phone, address, city, state, zip

Name Tags should be set up on an 8.5 x 11 paper with 9 tags per page, as if they are to be hand trimmed for an event

Include the following information:
First, Last, city, state

Step two, locate and save your data file as a (.csv) or tab-delimited (.txt) text file.
Use the data located here:

CSV file:

Open the Data Merge Panel in InDesign: Window>Utilities>Data Merge

Step three: Using the drop down (from the top right corner of the panel), attach your data file.

Step four: add the appropriate data into your design.

Step five: Create your merged documents following the instructions from my demo.

If you run into questions, please ask, or you may refer to adobe’s help files: