Storyboarder: Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to Storyboarder’s FAQ, where you’ll find answers to commonly asked questions. Before emailing us, take a look through, as the help you need is likely already here waiting for you. If it isn’t, feel free to email us!

  1. Stuff you can do right now…
    1. How do I get started?
    2. How do I open the Preferences window?
    3. Drawing is laggy or slow. How can I make it faster?
    4. Can I edit boards externally with another editor than Photoshop?
    5. How can I see all the key commands?
    6. Can I change the key commands?
    7. Can I edit the timing of my boards in a timeline?
    8. How can I turn off notifications? They are super annoying.
    9. How do I use shot generator and draw over the top of it?
    10. Does this work with my tablet? touch screen? Why doesn’t pen pressure work?
    11. How can I use different frame rates?
    12. How do I import a worksheet from my phone?
    13. How can I add audio?
    14. Storyboarder added some scene IDs to my script. How can I remove them?
    15. Can I zoom into the drawing so I can draw finer detail?
  2. Not yet, but soon…
    1. Can I set the size of my frame size to a custom size / resolution?
    2. Can I select part of the drawing and move it, scale it, and rotate it? A marquee tool?
    3. Can I manipulate layers?
    4. Is there an iOS / iPad version?
    5. Can I customize how my storyboards export?
    6. Can I import background images or import to a specific layer?
    7. Can I draw a straight line?
    8. Can I control the range of the Onion Skin?
    9. How can I add arrows?
    10. Can I frame shots and animate camera moves?
    11. Can I adjust the grid for 3D perspective drawing?
    12. Can I import my own 3D Models?
    13. Can I pose the 3D Models in Shot Generator myself?
    14. I work on a team. Can I collaborate with with my team in real time?
  3. We’re sorry but we can’t support that…
    1. Do you support Windows 7?
    2. Storyboarder won’t run on my 32-bit computer. Can you make a build?


Stuff you can do right now…

There are a lot of things you can do right now. Take a look through this list to see how you can have a more productive experience using Storyboarder.


How do I get started?

Some people get hung up on getting started in Storyboarder. After you do it the first time, it’s super easy!

First, click “Create New Storyboard…”

Then click “Create a blank.”

Then click which aspect ratio you’d like to use. Most people choose “HD 16:9.”

The last step, and the most confusing to people, is to name the file of your storyboard and press “Create.”

Once you are in the interface, click the “+” button to make new boards and draw in them. Play around and make mistakes! Make happy accidents!

Also, feel free to read the rest of this FAQ to become a pro at using Storyboarder.


How do I open the Preferences window?

On Mac, you can go up to the menu, and click Storyboarder > Preferences. Or you can press “Command” + “,” on the keyboard.

On Windows, you can go up to the menu, and click Edit > Preferences. Or you can press “Control” + “,” on the keyboard.


Drawing is laggy or slow. How can I make it faster?

Open Preferences.

Scroll down to “Performance Enhancements.”

Uncheck “High Quality Drawing Engine.”

Storyboarder uses your graphics card to render high quality brushes. Some graphics cards aren’t fast enough, so we recommend turning off the setting for a smooth drawing experience if it is slow.


Can I edit boards externally with another editor than Photoshop?

Yes!

Open Preferences.

Scroll down to a button that says “(default) External PSD Editor.”

Click on that button and select the editor you would like to use. People commonly use Krita, Gimp, Sketchbook, or Clip Studio. Any editor that opens Photoshop files will work.

Then click the Edit in Photoshop button in the main interface, and it will open in your editor of choice!


How can I see all the key commands?

On the menu, go to “Help > Key Commands…”

You can also press “Command or Control” + “k”


Can I change the key commands?

Yes!

It is kinda tricky, but it’s not that hard. I have faith in you!!

Open Preferences.

Scroll down to the button “Reveal Keymap File.” Click that button.

It will open the folder that contains the file “keymap.json.”

This is the tricky part. You have to open the file in a text editor like: Notepad, Text Edit, Atom Editor, or Sublime Text. Any text editor will do.

You will see a list of all the key commands in Storyboarder.

For example, if you want to change the command to make a GIF in storyboarder to “Command + g”, you would change:

“menu:file:export-animated-gif”: “CommandOrControl+e”,

to:

“menu:file:export-animated-gif”: “CommandOrControl+g”,

Save the file.

Reload Storyboarder.


Can I edit the timing of my boards in a timeline?

You bet you can!

Storyboarder has a timeline mode so you can easily set timing on boards. This is especially nice when you are trying to match boards to audio.

In the bottom left hand corner of the screen is a small button, “Boards.” Click that.

You might be asking, “Hey, why’d you make that button so small for such an awesome feature?” That’s a great question by itself. See, I wanted you to come to this FAQ page so that I could tell you how much I like you, and I’m really glad you’re here. I just really hope you have a great day.

You can also go to the menu View > Toggle Boards/Timeline Mode.

Once you’re in there, you can resize the boards to control their timing. You can also see a waveform of the audio if it exists.


How can I turn off notifications? They are super annoying.

Open Preferences.

Scroll down to Notifications. Uncheck “Show Hourly Affirmations” and “Allow Comments on Line Mileage.”


How do I use shot generator and draw over the top of it?

First, on the right side of the screen, scroll down.

You should see some grey boxes with the label “Shot Generator.”

From there, you can type in a shot description that you’d like to generate. You can keep pressing enter to generate shots. You can also modify the properties of the shot in the drop down to make a shot more like what you want.

Once you’ve generated a shot you want, double click the image. This will put the generated shot on the reference layer of the current board. You can then draw over the top of it.

You can fade the reference layer by dragging the slider to the left and right above the “Shot Generator.”

After you’re done drawing over it, you can clear the reference layer or fade it out completely.


Does this work with my tablet? touch screen? Why doesn’t pen pressure work?

Storyboarder is built on top of browser technology (Electron and Chromium) which handles the pen pressure. Unfortunately, not all pens currently have good support.

Please click here to see more details: Tablet listing help.

On the Mac, most Wacom tablets work with the latest drivers. Huion tablets work but the pressure sensitivity may not work.

On Windows 10, most Wacom tablets work with the latest drivers. You may have to turn off Windows Ink. On Windows 8 and 7, the tablet support is not good and may not work. Sorry about this. I believe Huion tablets also don’t work with sensitivity.


How can I use different frame rates?

First, on the right side of the screen, scroll down.

You should see a dropdown box labeled “Frame Rate.” Select your frame rate.

You can now use that rate in reference to frames in timing per board.


How do I import a worksheet from my phone?

I assume you’ve already printed a worksheet and drawn on it. If you haven’t, click on the menu “File > Print a Storyboarder worksheet…”

There are 2 ways to import a worksheet.

The first is to import it from your mobile phone. This only works when your computer and your phone are on the same Wifi network. If this doesn’t work, skip to the next method.

On the printed worksheet, there should be instructions on how to import on the upper right hand corner. There will be a web address to type in.

On your mobile phone, open the web browser and type in the address. It should be something like: “192.168.0.185:1888”

Follow the instructions.

The second way is to import an image of the worksheet. Take a picture of the worksheet. Make sure you have some of the border around the worksheet in the picture. This is important.

Copy the picture of the worksheet from your phone to your computer. The easiest way to do this is to email it to yourself.

In Storyboarder, go to the menu “File > Import worksheets…”

Select the file picture of the worksheet.

Follow the instructions.


How can I add audio?

Easy!

In Storyboarder, an audio file is tied to a board. If the audio is longer than a board, it just keeps playing. Therefore, if you have one long audio file for a whole scene, like a music video, you can just attach the audio to the first board.

To attach audio, go to the right hand side of the screen and scroll down a bit.

You should see a button that says, “Select Audio File.” Click that.

Select the audio file you want.

You can also click the record button to record from a microphone on the computer.

When working with audio, it is helpful to use the timeline view see the audio waveform and change the duration of the shots.

In the bottom left hand corner of the screen is a small button, “Boards.” Click that.

You can also go to the menu View > Toggle Boards/Timeline Mode.

When flipping through boards, you may or may not want to hear the audio. You can set this by going to the menu Navigation > Audition Board Audio.


Storyboarder added some scene IDs to my script. How can I remove them?

Storyboarder adds scene IDs to the scenes to associate each storyboarder file with the appropriate scene in the script.

If you want to remove the scene IDs, the links with the Storyboarder files will no longer work.

In a fountain script, simply open the fountain script and remove the - #SCENENUMBER#

In a Final Draft script, Open the script in Final Draft.

Go to menu, Production > Scene Numbers.

Click the radial button labeled “Remove Numbers.” Click OK.

It will ask you if you are sure. Click Yes.


Can I zoom into the drawing so I can draw finer detail?

Sure!

The easiest way to zoom is to use the mouse scroll wheel to zoom in and out of the canvas.

You can also use the key commands: “Command or Control” + “-“ to zoom out, “Command or Control” + “+” to zoom in, and “Command or Control” + “0” to reset back.

You can Pan by holding the Shift Key and dragging around.

When you go to another board, it will reset the zoom.


Not yet, but soon…

If you’re new to Storyboarder, you might not know that we are updating it all the time! We are always trying to make it better and most of the time, we get great ideas from users like you! So if you have any ideas, don’t hesitate to email us!

However, there are lots of features we wish were in Storyboarder but they just aren’t in there yet.


Can I set the size of my frame size to a custom size / resolution?

Not yet! But this is coming very soon.


Can I select part of the drawing and move it, scale it, and rotate it? A marquee tool?

Not yet! This is kinda hard but it’s actually next on the list.


Can I manipulate layers?

Soon! We completely rebuilt our drawing system to support layers and now we are working on the interface to simply manipulate layers.


Is there an iOS / iPad version?

It is in development. We have been testing with a small group of beta testers.


Can I customize how my storyboards export?

Not yet, but we are working on making exports much better.


Can I import background images or import to a specific layer?

Soon. As soon as layer manipulation is in place, this will be easy.


Can I draw a straight line?

I don’t know! Can you? :D We have been working on straight line technology. We currently do not have the technology but research and development is on the case.


Can I control the range of the Onion Skin?

No - but soon, onion skin won’t display past the shot.


How can I add arrows?

Currently, you can just draw arrows. We’re thinking about a clip art system that will include arrows.


Can I frame shots and animate camera moves?

Not yet. We are still thinking about how to do this.


Can I adjust the grid for 3D perspective drawing?

Soon. I know exactly how it will work!


Can I import my own 3D Models?

Sort of, but not yet. We need to open the source of the models so they will work properly.


Can I pose the 3D Models in Shot Generator myself?

Similar to above, we need to open source the models so you can pose them yourself in Maya or Max.


I work on a team. Can I collaborate with with my team in real time?

We are thinking about how to do this. Because the file sizes are large, it will be difficult.


We’re sorry but we can’t support that…

There are are some features that we will not be able to support now or in the future. We hope you understand.


Do you support Windows 7?

Storyboarder should work on 64 bit Windows 7, but we don’t support it. We don’t have a Windows 7 machine, and not even Microsoft supports Windows 7. Windows 10 isn’t that bad. I’m typing this on my Mac.


Storyboarder won’t run on my 32-bit computer. Can you make a build?

Sorry. You could build from source. But we cant support it because of some libraries we use.

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