6 Replies Latest reply on Sep 25, 2015 10:59 PM by Willi Adelberger

    How do you get layers to work correctly when creating a merged document in InDesign's Data Merge feature?

    mindela

      Hey everyone,

       

      I'm working on a card game project using data merge with a .csv file and am running into some unusual behavior when creating a merged document when my master document had layers.  Imagine I had a layer structure that looked like this:

       

      Layer A
      ----- <DataMergeFrameA>

      ----- Baked In Static Element A
      Layer B

      ----- Baked in Static Element B
      ----- <DataMergeFrameB>

      ----- <DataMergeFrameC>

      Layer C
      ------ Baked in Static Element C

      ------ <DataMergeFrameD>

       

      In preview, this hierarchy is respected and the image looks great.

       

      When I create my merged document though, each individual card only has this structure editable:

       

      Layer A
      ----- <DataMergeFrameA>

      Layer B

      ----- <DataMergeFrameB>

      ----- <DataMergeFrameC>

      Layer C

      ------ <DataMergeFrameD>

       

      And the order in which the elements are drawn looks like this happened:

       

      ----- <DataMergeFrameA>

      ----- <DataMergeFrameB>

      ----- <DataMergeFrameC>

      ------ <DataMergeFrameD>

      ----- Baked In Static Element A

      ----- Baked in Static Element B

      ------ Baked in Static Element C

       

      I would *really* like to fix this problem without having a data merge column just with the exact same image in each field or something silly like that, especially since some of my other static elements are generic text boxes. Is there any way to enforce layering order in a merged document?

       

      I'm attaching a screenshot of the preview and the merged document.
      *Disclaimer: The main art is a temporary placeholder*

       

      The one on the left is how it looks in preview. The second is the merged document. The major problems are a) The static grass image should show up over the main art, and b) The main image overlays the main text boxes on the left. How can

      InDesignPreviewBug.png       InDesignMergedDocumentBug.png