How to storyboard in Photoshop

storyboard in Photoshop
(Image credit: Mark Evan Lim)

Storyboarding in Photoshop can be a great way to get your ideas mapped out. In this workshop we’ll be learning about Layer Comps and how this Photoshop tool can help you speed up your workflow and organisation for (but not limited to) storyboarding. My aim is to highlight this menu set, explain how layer comps work and convince you to try them out. We’ll be starting this workshop with the assumption that we have thumbnails and a story locked, and that you’re ready to dive into the drawings. 

It’s important to know that your layer comps are non-destructive: you can always delete them and have your layers just as you painted them. They mainly serve a purpose of viewing your layers differently. Before we start, I’d like to mention that I’ll be using a five-panel story here, but you can create as many layer comps as you need for your story.

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Mark is a freelance storyboard artist and concept designer in the animation and themed entertainment industry. From a young age he’s loved telling immersive stories and visualising them in exciting ways.