Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Bringing your storyboard artwork into a template, part of Motion Graphics for Video Editors: Working with Storyboards.
- Once you have those initial drawings, I've included a storyboard template to jump start things for you. You'll note that I've given you both an Illustrator and a PDF file. The PDF file is useful if you just wanna open this up and print it out. This'll give you an area where the person could sketch. Or, remember, it's pretty simple to take that PDF right into Photoshop and open it. Just set the Resolution and when you click OK, it opens up. Now, for example, you see how we have this transparency area.
It's a piece of cake. Whether you're gonna use one of your photos or a drawing you've made or a scan you've brought in, really doesn't matter. Let's just take one of these individual panels here and I'll open it up. I can now make a selection and choose Edit, Copy. In my storyboard panel, watch how easy this is.
Simply take your magic wand and click on one of these panels to make an initial selection. You can now select Edit, Paste Special, Paste Into, and it will drop the image in and automatically mask it with that shape. You'll note that the layer is there with the thumbnail mask. If you select the layer, you could still move that and reposition it within the frame. Wanna make it smaller? Just press command or control t, and then hold down the shift key and drag the corner.
That makes it easy to place the image. If you're using a photo, really no different. Just find the reference image you wanna use and open it up, select it and copy it to your clipboard. Command or control a to select and then Edit, Copy. Jump into your storyboard, make sure you've got the storyboard layer selected and click with the magic wand on the panel. Then, again, Edit, Paste Special, Paste Into.
You might need to blow it up, depending upon the resolution, but you'll note that it intelligently masks the image and fits it into the frame. This makes it really easy for you to build out your storyboard. That PDF file is great. This'll make it easy for you to just add your individual panels, and you can open up a separate copy for each page in the document. If you'd like, I've also included an Illustrator file. This will allow you to open up this document inside of Adobe Illustrator, so perhaps you wanna customize it or add your own logo and modify the template.
In any case, use these storyboard templates as a jump start, and remember, by selecting the individual panel, just choose the storyboard layer, click inside, then it's a piece of cake. Grab the photo you want, open it up, select all, command or control a, copy, command or control c, and then in your storyboard, Edit, Paste Special, Paste Into, and it will be automatically masked, making it very easy for you to rough out the storyboard and get the reference frames into their individual containers.
- Creating storyboards
- Scanning sketches
- Drawing with tablets
- Coloring and cleaning up storyboards
- Creating animatic shots in After Effects
- Using 3D cameras with storyboards
- Editing an animatic assembly
- Exporting an animatic for client review