Crafting a great storyboard
A well planned out storyboard can really help streamline the animation process. If a client can clearly see how the animation will be structured, how it will flow from scene to scene, they can begin to visualise how everything will come together.
Simply place your digital sketches or illustrated scenes in order within the template, add a little explanation of what's going on underneath each frame, and export the whole thing as a PDF to send over to your client.
Using the free storyboard template
The free storyboard template is free to use on both personal and professional projects.
To use the storyboard template, first open it in Adobe Illustrator - as it's an Illustrator template file, Illustrator will create a blank new project for you, be sure to save your storyboard immediately so you don't lose any work.
We recommend designing each of your storyboard scenes as you normally would (in Illustrator, Photoshop, or another program), then create a JPEG export of each scene. Finally, import each JPEG as a linked file into the storyboard template and place them in order within the squares.
The benefit of using the storyboard template this way, is that whenever you change or update a scene, all you need to do is update the linked JPEG file and illustrator will update the entire storyboard for you.
What's included in the free storyboard template?
The Adobe Illustrator storyboard template is made up of 5 artboards in total, each 1920x1080 for viewing on screens once exported as a PDF.
Each storyboard artboard in the template contains 6 frames for your designs or digital sketches, each of these frames has a text box underneath for a written explanation of what's happening in each frame.
The free storyboard template also includes an initial slide that introduces the storyboard, complete with version information, and space for the client's name or project title if required.
What format is the storyboard template?
It's an Adobe Illustrator storyboard template so you won't need any special storyboard software, just Adobe Illustrator.
The benefit of using Adobe Illustrator as the template, is that you can export your finished storyboards as PDFs to send to your clients.