Photography tips – a storyboard

I have tips from last year showing how to make borders on a picture.  This is very much along the same lines.  Storyboards can be really any size you want.  Generally I like the 10×20 size.  If you get it printed, you can find a frame at the store for this size pretty easily.  It is the picture frame that has 3 5×7 or 3 4×6 matted pictures.

Here’s the sample I made up of our little man.

Here’s how to do it:

1.  Edit the pictures you want to put into the storyboard and crop to a 4×6.  Make sure you edit them consistently so they match.  You don’t want to have three pictures from the same session where they have inconsistent processing.  That doesn’t look the best.

2.  Create new file with 10×20 inch dimensions.  Show the gridlines on it. (CS3: View->Show->Grid)

3.  Drag and drop the 3 pictures onto the new file.  Align them using the grid, making sure they are evenly spaced.

4.  Add a new color layer on top of the 3 pictures.  Reduce the opacity so you can see through to the pictures below.

5.  Select the Marquee Tool (looks like a square or circle with dotted lines) and make sure it is the rectangle.  Once you select the tool look on the top toolbar and select the add to selection.  Use the tool and on the color layer select the size of each picture.  You will have three 4×6 selections.  Hit delete and they will disappear.

6.  Make opacity 100% again, and now you have the windows showing the pictures.  If you have CS3 you can add a stroke, by double clicking on that layer, selecting stroke and changing the color to whatever matches.  If you don’t, simply use a square brush and put a line on the inside of the boxes (remember to hit shift while you make the line and it will make sure it is straight).

7.  You  can add a texture to the color layer by going to Filter->Texture.  I added crackle texture to this one.  Then in a new layer I added tattoo brushes.  I keep everything on separate layers so I can easily change things.  You can also add text to the storyboard, too.

8.  Now you are done and you have a template to use in the future, too!  I was going to share the .psd template of this one, but the size was too big to upload.

Let me know if you have any questions on this.  It was pretty quick and easy to do, so give it a try!

11 Replies to “Photography tips – a storyboard”

  1. That sounds so much easier than I thought it would be. Thanks! I’ve just now begun to experiment with texture, so perhaps soon I can try this, too.

  2. I like this idea! I wonder if I can use it for a county fair submission next year. The rules talk about a submitting a series and this would be a great way to do that.

    The brown and sepia work super well together. 🙂

  3. Gosh, you are awesome. I thought I had a pretty decent grasp of Photoshop, but there are like three things here I never knew about LOVE it!

    Love the hat. And the kid!

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