How to Use ‘Storyboard That: Digital Storytelling Tool’

1 January, 2018

Storyboard That | Digital Storytelling

Storyboards coordinate our artistic vision. We use them to illustrate the sequence of images required to convey our stories. Anyone who works with audiovisual media can appreciate the value of storyboards. It’s an intrinsic part of the creative process.

Storyboard That from Clever Prototypes LLC is a drag and drop interface that’s produced over 5 million storyboards so far. It’s used by teachers, businesses, and filmmakers. It can also be used for comics, web content or personal use.

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It offers a comprehensive library of images which can easily be customized with built-in tools. Users can also upload images of their own. It has 7 layout options.

There are several subscription options available:

  • Personal $89.99
  • Educational $79.99
  • Team or Business $134.99
  • Free $0

Test Driving Storyboard That

I tried the free version. I simply clicked on the Create a Storyboard button. The page is easy to access. No log-in is required at this stage.

The interface is pretty basic but it’s easy to use.

Storyboard That | Free Version | Interface

Users are given a selection of Scenes to choose from.

  • Home (Indoor)
  • Home (Outdoor)
  • School
  • Athletics
  • Transportation
  • Work
  • Classical Homes
  • Historical
  • US History
  • Country & Rustic
  • Outdoor
  • Mythical & Futuristic
  • Close Ups
  • Patterns

Storyboard That | Scene Editing Tools

After selecting my image and dragging it into the layout box of my choice, an Edit Scene popped up and offered the following customization tools:

  • Edit
  • Rotate
  • Layers
  • Filters

Smart Scene Tool

Clicking the Edit Scene button brings up another window where I could make adjustments to the time of day and the weather.

Storyboard That | Editing Tool | Weather

With the Smart Scene tool, you can adjust the time of day and the weather.

Storyboard That | Editing Tool | Weather

Add a rainy day to your panel!

Characters

A broad range of characters are available:

  • Adults
  • Teens
  • Kids
  • Jobs
  • Sports
  • Cultural
  • 1900s
  • 1600s to 1800s
  • Medieval
  • Classical Era
  • Monsters & Myths
  • Mythology
  • Silhouettes
  • Stickies
  • Animals
  • Props

Hair color, eye color, complexion and attire can be easily customized using the editing tool in the pop up window.

In addition to this, I could create detailed positions for the character by clicking on the Positions button.

Storyboard That | Character Pose

 

Adding Text to Your Images

It’s easy to add text to your panels. I simply clicked on the Textibles button and dragged a speech bubble to my panel.

In the editing window I was able to add text and color. I was given the following options:

  • Edit
  • Rotate
  • Layers
  • Filters

Storyboard That | Adding text

 

Add other items

I wanted to add another item to my storyboard that wasn’t available in the top menu bar so I used the image search tool and found exactly what I was looking for!

Storyboard That | Image Search

 

Bottom Menu Options

I wanted to keep my first storyboard simple but there are more customization option the bottom menu.

  • Storyboard Layout
  • Add Cells
  • Move Cells
  • Copy Cells
  • Undo
  • Redo
  • Save

There is also an ‘Advanced Tools’ button.

Save & Sign Up

You have to register to save your storyboard. You can sign up with an e-mail account or with one of your Social Media profiles.

Storyboard That | Registration

 

Voila!

Here is my very first storyboard from Storyboard That.

Storyboard That | Overboard

Have you tried Storyboard That yet? Are you using another interface to create your Storyboards? Leave a comment below and let me know what you think.

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