Data Merge including images between texts

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Jun 29, 2021 Jun 29, 2021

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Hello everyone!
I am a game designer and I am currently prototyping a board game. I've only just discovered the "Data Merge" option in InDesign and it's pretty handy for iterating and printing cards quickly.
The problem is that I would like to know if it is possible to add some kind of special characters like emojy but personalized. For example, for one of my cards I would have "Win 3 gold coins" and "gold coins" will be just a icon, then in my exel / Gsheet file I would have "Win 3 'gc' ", and 'gc' would refer to an image that would be automatically integrated into the text.

 

I have seen this solution which seems close to what I am looking for but, I don't really know how to replace the smiley faces with icons that I would have created myself.

https://community.adobe.com/t5/indesign/how-can-you-get-text-including-emojis-into-a-data-merge-docu...

 

I don't even know if this is possible.

I'm not really shure that's InDesign related but it's seems to be a great place to ask.

 

 

 

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Community Beginner , Jun 29, 2021 Jun 29, 2021
It's going to be a bit fastidious but at least it's working !Thanks ! I'll wait if someone have a better option, but if not, i'll tag that as a "correct answer"

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Jun 29, 2021 Jun 29, 2021

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You can set up an image field in your data that will pull the images you name directly into an image frame.  

Have the header of the column begin with @ to make this happen.  In Excel, you will have to use '@ to prevent Excel from seeing the @ as part of a formula.  For instance '@image

It will then show in the Data Merge panel as an image field 

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Yea I've seen that but this only work with the idea to add an Image anonly that. 
Here what I want to do is to add an image ( Icon ) between texts like in this example.

 

The link I've send is a way to do so with smiley but I can't found a way to add my icon and not basic smiley.

 

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Not 100% automatic, but you can choose a pair of symbols to represent each symbol, and then use Find > Change to replace each set of symbols with the icons by copying each one to the clipboard and: 

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It's going to be a bit fastidious but at least it's working !

Thanks !

 

I'll wait if someone have a better option, but if not, i'll tag that as a "correct answer"

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One idea would be to built an SVG color font with your icons.

But do not ask me what tools exactly you need for this. Also: This would result in RGB colors

 

Hm. Maybe that will help:

https://glyphsapp.com/learn/creating-an-svg-color-font

 

But also note that SVG color fonts are "experimental technology" with InDesign.

 

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Uwe Laubender

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Thanks !

 

It's look a bit hard to do but yea, I'll try, that might do the trick . I'll try soon .

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