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.
Users are given a selection of Scenes to choose from.
- Home (Indoor)
- Home (Outdoor)
- Classical Homes
- US History
- Country & Rustic
- Mythical & Futuristic
- Close Ups
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:
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.
A broad range of characters are available:
- 1600s to 1800s
- Classical Era
- Monsters & Myths
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.
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:
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!
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
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.
Here is my very first storyboard from Storyboard That.
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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