5 Replies Latest reply: Mar 25, 2010 3:57 AM by Kirby Krieger
ahphotography Level 1 Level 1
Storyboard templates are generally for Photoshop, but I wanted to use a series of storyboards in Aperture. The company selling the storyboards assures me that any program that can read .png files can be used, therefore, Aperture would be ok. Apple says they can't give me a direct answer as they have never used storyboards in Aperture. Does anyone know of storyboard templates that work with Aperture?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • iloop Level 1 Level 1
    So, sure, I think that Aperture is going to be able to open and display these storyboard templates but....then what?

    In my mind, this is something like a comic strip template where you would want to fill in the templated areas with your photographs. Much the same way that you could do so with a Numbers or Pages template. Is that correct?

    I can't think of a way that you can take multiple pictures and copy them into your template .png file. I don't think Aperture is the right tool for this job personally but perhaps someone with more experience can either validate what I'm saying or offer a better suggestion.
  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6
    Storyboards work -- afaik -- through the use of masks. You mask each photo you add to match the photo-frame on the storyboard (or this is done automatically). All the elements -- the masked photos, the storyboard -- are layered on on top of the other.

    Aperture does not support layers, and does not mask images this way. Therefore I don't think it's going to work.

    Storyboards are another kind of presentation. In Aperture, they would be like Slideshows, Books, Web Galleries, etc. Why don't you click "Aperture→Feedback" and ask them to add Storyboards?
  • ahphotography Level 1 Level 1
    Thanks for your responses, I think that I am going to have to use Photoshop with Aperture, since almost every storyboard template I like requires layers. Thanks for the feedback! Great idea to suggest this addition to Aperture.
  • Ian Wood Level 5 Level 5
    Actually, your best bet is to bring the storyboard template PNGs into Keynote, where you will get almost as much control over them as you would need from Photoshop, but with a FAR faster/easier user interface. Photoshop will do the job, but page layout is not really what it's designed for.

    You can also have a look around for some of the excellent Keynote storyboard templates that are available on the web.

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6
    As a Keynote user -- but not a storyborder -- I'll second Ian's suggestion. Keynote is a spectacular program. As long as storyboard templates are available, that's the first place I would head.