Craft a storyboard that communicates your ideas clearly and effectively.

storyboards

Make video production easier with a perfectly crafted storyboard

When it comes to creating any kind of video, planning is extremely important, and a key component of this process is creating a storyboard. A storyboard ends up being your ‘go-to’ reference for everyone during the filming and post-production process. They’re crucial for making sure all audio, film, on-screen text and scripts work together harmoniously. By creating a storyboard, you can bring your ideas to life and get your entire production team on the same page.

Since everyone on the job will refer to your storyboard, you’ll want it to be informative and easy-to-understand. And since every video is different, a generic storyboard template simply won’t do. When you create your storyboard with Canva, you have the advantage of using professionally designed templates that you can customize to suit your need as well as access to an amazing media library with over a million images and illustrations.

Build a brilliant storyboard in 5 simple steps

  1. Create a new Canva account to get started with your own storyboard designs.
  2. Choose from our library of professionally created templates.
  3. Upload your own photos or choose from over 1 million stock images.
  4. Fix your images, add stunning filters and edit text.
  5. Save and share.

Create a storyboard that is truly your own

  1. Change the images. Upload your own images or choose from our stock library of over 1 million photographs, graphics and illustrations.
  2. Change the fonts. Choose from over 130 fresh fonts.
  3. Change the background. Choose a background from our library or use an image.
  4. Change the colors. Change the color of your text boxes and text to add extra flair.

Customize your storyboard to suit its purpose

Storyboards are absolutely vital to video production but allocating a budget just to hire a third-party designer to create one is not required when you’ve got Canva.  Does the thought of creating your own storyboard stress you out? It doesn’t need to. With Canva you can choose from a selection of templates that are good to go!

Your video and the story you want to tell is unique, so you can customize your storyboard as little or as much as you like. You can add headers, subheadings and body text with a simple click and easily choose your font type and color. Is there something important that needs to stand out? Draw attention to it through bolding, underlining and italicizing.

Combine images and text to tell your story

Communicate your ideas effectively by using images and illustrations to strengthen your story. You can choose from Canva’s extensive library which houses over 1 million professional stock images. And if you’d prefer to illustrate your concepts yourself, then you can simply sketch how you want each of your scenes to look and upload them directly into Canva. Once uploaded it’s as simple as dragging and dropping your sketches into each scene in your storyboard. It’s that simple.

Don’t forget that videos are a combination of audio and visual elements. Make sure to add your script or sound effects beneath each picture. When there’s no dialogue or music present, you can even add notes explaining what’s happening just to make the scene even clearer.

Use grids and frames to organize your scenes

Grids are the foundation of our storyboard templates. Our professional designers utilize design grids in order to better organize images and to better the shift between scenes. To get started, drag any photo into a grid box and we’ll make it fit. Want to move it around? No problem! Double-click on the image and adjust as needed. Design grids are also really versatile, allowing you to layer design elements on top of one another. Try adding text within any frame or even across frames. You can even add some speech bubbles if you want to show a dialogue exchange.

Easily collaborate with your team

Sometimes the best ideas are born from a group effort, so if you’re co-managing a project or even working on it as a group, you can simply click the share button to collaborate. Did you work on the sketches and did someone else work on the script? Why not share your storyboard design with them and get them to help you complete it? You can share the direct URL and grant editing access within seconds. Once your storyboard is complete, share it with the rest of your team via email or download it as a print-ready PDF file.

FAQ

Do I need to download and install Canva?

Simply head on over to www.canva.com to start creating your storyboards. You don’t need to download Canva, just create an account and log in.

If you want to design on the go, download our iPhone, iPad or Android app. They’re free to purchase from the App Store or Google Play.

How do I upload my own images or sketches for my storyboard?

With Canva, you can upload your photos from your computer or directly from Facebook, and pop them into your designs. Start by clicking on the Uploads tab in your object panel, select on the Uploads folder, click on the green Upload your own images button and select the file or files you wish to upload. Every image you upload will automatically be saved in your Uploads folder, ready to be used in other designs.

Does Canva have free images for me to use?

Yes we do! To find the perfect free photo, head over to the Elements tab. Once in it, click on the Free Photos album. You’ll be able to browse through a myriad of different excellent options covering a variety of subjects. Our diverse stock library includes over 1 million stock images, graphics and illustrations. Many of these images are free, while premium images are all priced at just $1.

Using your own images is 100% free. Once you upload them in Canva you can use them as many times as you like.

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