The author of this tutorial is T. Skaarup.
This tutorial was created using the AKVIS Sketch plug-in with the Adobe PhotoShop photo editor.
Motion Pictures, TV Commercials, You-Tube Videos, Music Videos, Stage Plays, and other productions that require extensive planning often use "Storyboards". Storyboards are similar to very basic "comic books" of the action with a few important differences.
AKVIS Sketch can dramatically simplify and speed up the process of creating a storyboard by using low-resolution digital camera images to create the Storyboard scenes.
Here are some images (shown in the order they were taken) of two friends who want to get together after school to play piano.
The Tool menu bar will show the currently selected shape. Click on the little drop menu which appears next to the Shape representation . Choose one of these arrows. Set the foreground color to a neutral gray. Draw an arrow using the Custom Shape Tool. Make the tip of the arrow slightly smaller and asymmetric using the Edit -> Transform -> Distort.
Set the foreground color to black. Now apply an outline of the arrow by using a outline stroke of 3 pixels Edit -> Stroke. Lighting effects give the arrow a sense of hand-drawn character and distinguish them from background images.
Flatten the image.
Use similar steps to annotate and convert the remaining images. Save these final JPEG images under a unique name for easy retrieval.
The placeholders for the sketch in the Storyboard Template are 975 pixels wide by 650 pixels high.
You can use the Rectangular Marquee Tool with a Fixed Size Style to select the exact size of the Template window. Open one of the final sketches, copy a selection the same size of the Template window to the clipboard, then return to the template and paste the image into it’s own layer. Move it to the bottom of the layers list.
Copy each of the sketches as a separate new layer on the Template. Keep the sketch layers at the bottom of the Layers palette.
Storyboards will save you an enourmous amount of time and a ginormous amount of frustration when you’re planning any motion picture, television commercial, music video, You-Tube video, or stage play.