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18 Best Storyboard Creators | Storyboarding Software And Apps!


Storyboards are an important tool to visualize and plan projects in many different industries: film, TV, comics, marketing, and more. Additionally, creating storyboards can be a fun hobby or a good way to plan a school project. That said, making a storyboard can be challenging without the right software.


Storyboards have a wide range of uses. As a result, there are a lot of storyboard websites and storyboard software to choose from. In today’s blog post, we’ll go over the top 18 storyboard creators, and you can begin making your storyboard ideas a reality.

 

1. Tellinga Storyboarding

If you are looking for a storyboard that is outside the box, check out Tellinga (as in "telling-a-story"). Tellinga takes your personal stories and creates customized hand-drawn storyboards that arrive through the mail. You can gift your significant other with this special anniversary card that no other girl or a guy will ever receive. To create a lovely anniversary card just follow these simple steps!


Here's how it works:

  1. Select your story length (options-one part, three parts, six parts, or 12 parts)

  2. Upload a photo and add a description of your desired story (you can reminisce a memory from your past or create a brand-new story)

  3. Our team of talented illustrators and artists will start working on your story

  4. A few days later, the designated recipient of the story will start receiving unique hand-drawn greeting card-sized illustrations every week in their mailbox until the package ends. Every card shipped helps raise funds to fight Alzheimer's disease, support breast cancer research, or helps treat those impacted with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

 

StoryboardThat is a platform that allows users to create storyboards with a large collection of stock graphics. Whether you want a character, background, or some other graphic, StoryboardThat has what you need. For this reason, StoryboardThat is a great choice for anyone still learning how to create a storyboard. If you don't think StoryboardThat is the right choice for you, consider ordering a hand-drawn storyboard from Tellinga.

  • Unique Feature - The customizability of StoryboardThat’s graphics sets it apart from other storyboard creators. Do you want the type of customization that would allow you to put a woman with red shoes, brown hair, and blue eyes in your storyboard? If so, StoryboardThat is likely the solution for you.

  • Pricing - The free version allows you to create 2 storyboards per week, with those storyboards having 3 or 6 cells. StoryboardThat’s monthly business plan will cost you $14.99 a month and let you storyboard to your heart’s content.

 
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Vyond's User Interface

Vyond is software used to create animated storyboards. It’s designed for businesses to create professional videos easily and quickly. Consider getting a storyboard from Tellinga if you're looking for something a little more personal.

  • Unique Feature - Automatic lip-sync allows you to upload audio directly and assign it to a character.

  • Pricing - Vyond offers a two-week free trial so you can see if their software is a good fit for you. Their base plan runs $49 a month, and any videos produced on that plan will have the Vyond logo imprinted in the bottom left of each video. The next plan is a single-user plan that runs $89 a month. The main benefit of this plan is that the watermark is removed.

 

Canva is a very versatile platform as it isn’t designed solely to produce storyboards. Seriously, make just about anything. Infographics, invitations, logos, and T-shirts are just some of the things that Canva can make. Out of every software on this list, Canva likely has the largest graphics selection, with over 60 million! Canva is a solid storyboarding tool, but Tellinga is a great option if you want a physical storyboard.

  • Unique feature - Canva has customizable templates specifically designed for different social platforms, allowing you to easily optimize your graphics' size for every platform.

  • Pricing - Canva does offer a free plan, but its selection of images and graphics is limited. Its single-user plan costs $12.99 a month.

 

Wave.video is an online video production platform that empowers you to bring your storyboard to life. It comes with a near-infinite number of templates that ensure you never have to worry about starting from scratch. Whether you need to trim a video, add text, or edit a video’s audio Wave.video has you covered. Even if wave.video isn't the platform for you, don't keep struggling to make the perfect storyboard; send Tellinga's talented artists your idea, and they'll bring the storyboard to life.

  • Unique Feature - Wave.video has a Facebook group for those that use their platform. This is a great way to get tips on creating better videos or to give back by sharing any expertise you may have.

  • Pricing - There is a free plan that allows you to edit a limited number of shorter videos (anything under 15 seconds). The most basic paid plan is $20 monthly and enables users to edit significantly longer videos. It also gives you access to a much larger database of free videos.

 

Many of the other software on this list are meant to help you create your storyboard from scratch. On the other hand, Milanote is best thought of as a blank canvas. It makes it easy to organize the ideas you’ve developed or planned for your storyboard. Milanote also has an app that ensures you can add ideas or plan out your storyboard even when you’re on the go. Perhaps making a storyboard sounds challenging even with a storyboard platform. If so, don't waste your time learning how to storyboard; let Tellinga do the heavy lifting.

  • Unique Feature - Milanote allows you to put tasks on your storyboard. This allows you to remind yourself or others of what needs to be accomplished and when it needs to be accomplished.

  • Pricing - Milanote has a free plan which provides users a limited number of file uploads for an unlimited number of storyboards. Upgrade to the paid version for $9.99 a month to get unlimited file uploads.

 

Are you a storyboard artist searching for a tool that will allow you to unleash your artistic abilities? If so, Boords might be what you’ve been looking for. Boords is built for the storyboarder that wants to draw every frame. For this reason, Boords doesn’t come with a vast database of stock images, graphics, or videos found on many other storyboard platforms. That said, Boords isn’t short on features. It comes with a script editor, storyboard creator, and animatics tool. Using a tool like Boords certainly makes storyboarding easier; however, if you want an awesome storyboard with even less hassle, consider getting your storyboard with Tellinga.

  • Unique Feature - Boords will automatically update your frame numbers and script when you move frames within a storyboard. Don’t waste time reassigning frame numbers or reorganizing your script because you moved a frame.

  • Pricing - The free plan limits storyboards to 12 frames and doesn’t allow users to comment. The single-member paid plan removes these restrictions and starts at $12 a month.

 

Storyboarder is open-source software for storyboard animation. The platform has fewer features than the other options on this list, but it wants to simplify the storyboard development process. Storyboarder doesn’t come with any stock images or graphics; it leaves the creativity to the user. Storyboarder is a great product, but if you prefer the look and feel of a physical storyboard, then a storyboard from Tellinga is what you need.

  • Unique Feature - The platform has an “Edit in Photoshop” button which allows the user to open up their board in Photoshop once they’ve finished their rough draft down.

  • Pricing - Storyboarder is completely free!

 

Studiobinder is an online TV, film, and production platform with a seemingly endless amount of features, one of which is creating storyboards. In addition to creating movie storyboards, you can import a script, add a shooting schedule, and much more. Even with the right tools, creating an exceptional storyboard is time-consuming; save yourself time by letting Tellinga bring your vision to life.

  • Unique Features - Studiobinder has a lot of features designed for the TV/film industry. The ability to add call sheets, shoot locations, and a production calendar are a few of those features.

  • Pricing - The free plan gives users a one-project limit and removes many of the advanced features. The most popular plan runs $49 a month and allows you to manage 25 projects on Studiobinder.

 

The Plot is a storyboard platform that a former video animator created. Its goal is to streamline the storyboard creation process. Draw your storyboard or use The Plot’s graphics to put together an awesome storyboard. Even after making your digital storyboard, take it up a notch by having it hand-drawn by Tellinga.

  • Unique Feature - The Plot is a more simple storyboard tool than most other options on this list. That said, its simplicity is what sets it apart from some of the other tools on this list. It won’t take long till you’re using The Plot like an expert.

  • Pricing - The Plot is one of the best-priced tools on the market, only costing $10 a month.

 

FrameForge is an award-winning filmmaking software that allows filmmakers to visualize their scenes via storyboards. In addition to building film storyboards, users can import scripts and build replicate sets that are accurate to the inch. Unlike some of the other software on this list, FrameForge is software that you download, not an online platform. If you want a storyboard without having to learn a storyboard platform, purchase a storyboard from Tellinga!

  • Unique Feature - FrameForge allows you to place cameras in your virtual set so you can ensure the shots you’re planning are physically feasible.

  • Pricing - FrameForge offers a 14 day free trial for its software. After that period, you can pay $24.99 monthly for an annual subscription or purchase the software outright for $799.

 
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Toon Boom Storyboard Pro

Toon Boom Storyboard Pro is a sophisticated platform used to make animated storyboards. It has a ton of different features but likely isn’t the ideal tool of choice for a casual storyboarder. Similar to FrameForge, Toon Boom’s storyboard builder is downloadable software, not a web-based platform. If you don't think Toon Boom Storyboard Pro is the right choice for you, consider ordering a hand-drawn storyboard from Tellinga.

  • Unique Feature - Toon Boom Storyboard Pro allows you to upload and edit audio, a feature that isn’t commonly found in storyboard software.

  • Pricing - Toon Boom Storyboard Pro costs $63 monthly, or purchase lifetime access for $1065.

 

Open Toonz is open-source, free software for those seeking to create 2D animations. It isn’t explicitly designed for storyboard artists, but it’s easy enough to import a storyboard template and place your artistic creations inside. Consider getting a storyboard from Tellinga if you're looking for something more personal.

  • Unique Feature - Because it’s open-source software, there’s a huge amount of OpenToonz video tutorials and guides. Additionally, if you have coding skills, you can modify OpenToonz code to better fit your needs.

  • Pricing - Open Toonz is completely free!

 

This software was created by a group of developers and designers that couldn’t find an animation storyboard platform they liked. makeStoryboard doesn’t provide the same functionality found in other options on this list. Instead, makeStoryboard ensures that creating a storyboard is never tedious or overwhelming. Canva is a solid storyboarding tool, but Tellinga is a great option if you want a physical storyboard.

  • Unique Feature - Give each scene a status and ensure everyone on your team knows whether something is completed.

  • Pricing - The starter plan is free but limits users to a single storyboard and ten frames. The professional plan is 10 dollars a month and allows you to create unlimited storyboards. If you want multiple people to edit using the platform, you’ll have to upgrade to the team plan for $30 a month.

 

Procreate is a sketching and drawing app designed specifically for the iPad. Use it when it’s too inconvenient to work on your laptop or other devices (or if you prefer your iPad to other devices). Like some of the other tools on this list, Procreate lacks a specific storyboard feature but is an excellent way to create high-quality storyboard content you can later insert into a storyboard template. Even if Procreate isn't the platform for you, don't keep struggling to make the perfect storyboard. Send Tellinga's talented artists your idea, and they'll bring the storyboard to life.

  • Unique Feature - Design your own custom brushes in the brush studio.

  • Pricing - One-time fee of $10.

 

Unsurprisingly, the most popular graphic design editor in the world (Adobe Photoshop) is also a great tool for making storyboards. It comes with all the editing tools you could want or imagine. Use filters, color effects, and more to create masterful storyboards. Perhaps making a storyboard sounds challenging even with a storyboard tool. If so, don't waste your time learning how to storyboard; let Tellinga do the heavy lifting.

  • Unique Feature - The Smart Sharpen filter makes it incredibly easy to quickly create clean, crisp images.

  • Pricing - You can get Adobe Photoshop for $20.99 a month.

 

Clip Studio Paint is software used by artists and animators to draw (or paint) storyboard graphics. Clip Studio Paint is especially popular among comic artists. It has a similar user interface as Photoshop and much of the same functionality. Using Clip Studio Paint certainly makes storyboarding easier; however, if you want an awesome storyboard with even less hassle, consider getting a storyboard from Tellinga.

  • Unique Feature - Clip Studio Paint has thousands of different brushes for its users.

  • Pricing - Get Clip Studio Paint Pro for a one time purchase of $49.99 or Studio Paint EX for a one time purchase of $219.00

 
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TVPaint

TVPaint is an animation software that lets you draw your storyboard content with ease. Initially developed in 1991 the software has made it easy for artists to create great animations for 3 decades. TVPaint is a great product, but if you prefer a physical storyboard's look and feel, then a storyboard from Tellinga is what you need.

  • Unique Feature - Organize/view your storyboard in various ways, whichever is most favorable for your creative juices.

  • Pricing - The Standard edition is $600, and the Professional Edition is $1250.

 

Conclusion:


That concludes our list of the 18 best storyboard creators. There are a ton of different tools you can use to create your storyboards; one is sure to work for you. Try out some of the tools we mentioned and let us know how it goes in the comments below.

 

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Feb 09

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