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    This is what an opacity mask is for.

    Select your placed image and in the transparency pallet make a mask.
    Double-click the black square to enter the opacity mask and then paint/draw/etc over your image with varying shades of gray to either hide or reveal parts of the image.

    See screenshot attached.

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    Lance commented  · 

    I agree that Illustrator's variable data / data merge functionality leaves a lot to be desired but I'm fairly certain it can do what you want. Attached is an image of a CSV I set up (not actual data, was changed from customer sensitive data to placeholders) that I used when testing Illustrator's data merge functions.

    I was able to make it work, but it wasn't easily editable after importing the CSV's data - there was/is no live link to the CSV. Any changes to the spreadsheet required re-importing and fiddling around with the data again.

    A much better option is to use InDesign's data merge. It *does* use a live-link to the CSV spreadsheet, so changes take effect immediately and an updated art / production file can be exported very quickly.

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    Lance commented  · 

    On second thought, a better way is to use Acrobat.
    Do you have Acrobat DC? The preflight functionality can be used to convert fonts to outlines via a fixup.

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    You could use Object > flatten transparency:

    1. in an open illustrator document, drag/drop (place) customer's PDF
    2. select the placed PDF if it is not auto-selected
    3. Object > flatten transparency
    4. select "Convert Text to Outlines" option from the dropdown list (I may have saved this preset myself.. don't recall)

    This is a workaround and may not be suitable for complex documents with a lot of transparency/overprint interactions.

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    This option exists in Beta 28.1 and higher and is still under development.

    Please try it (you can install Beta from your CCD application) and see if it works like you expect. Your feedback on this will be crucial to shape a correct final experience for everybody. Comment back!

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