Hidden Functionalities

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Storyboard Pro has many features at the touch of your fingertips that can make working faster and easier. Check out the tips and tricks below to learn about keyboard shortcuts and functions that you never knew existed!

Resizing the Brush, Pencil, or Line tools on-the-fly

To quickly resize a brush tip and display a preview of the new size, click and drag the mouse or stylus while holding down the [O] key.

Drawing a straight line with the Brush tool

To create a straight line instead of a freehand brush stroke, hold down the [Shift] key as you click and drag the mouse or draw with the stylus. This even works with textured brushes!

Drawing a straight line in 15 degree increments

With the brush tool selected, hold down [Shift] + [Alt] to create a straight line in 15 degree increments.

Drag lock

To move artwork in a straight line or in increments of 15 degrees,
with the Select tool selected, hold down the [Shift] key while moving the object.

Moving the camera frame in a straight line

To nudge a selected camera frame in a straight line, hold down [Shift] and use any of the arrow keys repeatedly.

Copying and pasting the camera position

To copy a camera position, in the Camera view, use the Dynamic Camera tool to select the desired camera frame. Use the keyboard shortcut [Ctrl] + [C] to copy the frame. Select another camera frame, possibly in another panel or shot, then use the keyboard shortcut [Ctrl] + [V] to paste the copied camera frame in place.

Edit Gradient/Texture Tool

The position, rotation and scale of a texture or gradient fill can be copied and pasted from one filled zone to another. Use the Edit Gradient/Texture tool to select and preform transformations on a filled zone. With the zone still selected, use the keyboard shortcut [Ctrl] + [C] to copy the texture zone's matrix. Select another zone that was filled using the same gradient/texture swatch. Use the keyboard shortcut [Ctrl] + [V] to paste the copied matrix.

Text in Perspective

In order to distort text so that it appears in perspective:

  1. Write out your text with the Text tool in the desired font, size, colour, etc.
  2. Select the text with the Select tool, then right-click on it and from the pop-up menu, select Convert > Break Apart Text Layers. Breaking the text once will convert each letter into an individual text object.
  3. Right-click a second time and select Convert > Break Apart Text Layers again to convert each letter into a drawing object. These drawing objects can be modified, recoloured, drawn on, or partially or completely erased.
  4. Use the Perspective tool  to select the entire body of text or just an individual letter, then use the bounding box corners and edge to distort the text so that it appears in perspective.