Storyboards raise the visual bar. Projects that include a storyboard are more likely to side-step the blunders that can result from miscommunication during production.
In this post, we’ll discuss the latest storyboard software, storyboard apps and iPad styli. Plus we’ll provide you with a bunch of storyboard templates for free.
Our Top 10 List of Storyboard Software
There’s a variety of storyboard software on the market, ranging from software with preset characters to professional storyboard software that requires drawing skills. You can find everything from traditional licensed software to web-based solutions to mobile apps. There is something for everyone here. Alternatively, you could download your own storyboard templates.
Power Production provides a few storyboard solutions, each with varying complexity. It offers customizable characters and presets for locations and props. They offer script imports, character animations and other integrations. Power Production’s software starts at $190 for Storyboard Quick while the more robust StoryBoard Artist Studio sells for $900+.
5. ShotPro (Storyboard iOS)
On the iPad side of things, ShotPro is a solution to easily create storyboards or pre-visualization. Add a structure sensor and you can scan real-world objects, locations, and people to import as 3D objects into your storyboard .That’s pretty slick. The price is also hard to beat at $39.
6. Storyboard Fountain (Mac)
7. Storyboard Composer (Storyboard iOS)
Bonus: Top 5 Stylus for drawing on Tablets (2016)
No matter the software you go with, there’s nothing that can beat the precision of drawing a sketch by hand and importing the results. If you have an iPad handy (no pun intended), we suggest purchasing a stylus for sketching your storyboards by hand. Here’s our top 5 picks for best stylus for storyboard artists. All of these stylus were designed for iOS devices and all include palm rejection options.
- Adonit (Pixel) with highly pressure sensitive with precision tip and bluetooth, $80+.
- Apple Pencil No lag time, creates pressure sensitive lines and tilt to shade, $99.
- Wacom (Intuos Creative 2) precise tip, pressure & sensitivity levels, bluetooth, $60+.
- Pencil by 53 Bluetooth, built-in eraser and blend, no pressure sensitivity, $50
- Adobe Ink & Slide Fine point stylus, pressure sensitive, slide is a ruler (not pictured) $30.
Or create your own storyboards with our storyboard templates
If your storyboards will not be client-facing, sometimes the best option is to print out your own storyboard template and sketch it by hand. Even stick figures can go a long way in visualizing and planning a scene with your DP/AD. Remember shooting boards only require a rudimentary drawing skill level. Because it’s the framing, action, camera movement and direction that matter most.
Need a printable storyboard template? We’ve got you covered. We’ve created over 10 premium storyboard templates to fit pretty much any use case. Click below to download the free storyboard templates.
Managing Storyboard Files Online
That’s the basics on storyboard software and templates. We hope you found this post and the free downloads helpful.
Now, if you have decided the sketching is a little too much and you want to hire a storyboard artist for a more polished presentation, check out our article on 8 Websites to Find & Hire a Storyboard Artist.
What storyboard software do you use? Did we miss anything? Leave us a comment below.
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