Scan, color correct, and crop boards

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Media Theory and Design 2 Storyboard Scanning

MTD2 class 6

Scan into Photoshop/Gimp at least 72 dpi I did 300 dpi. Open Photoshop or GIMP and select Import.


Use Scanner software to scan story boards. Remember to scan a higher than 72dpi. Most scanning software will have resolution and color setting. I'm going to scan at 300 dpi and in gray scale. We will do color correction later.


Save the scanned image as name01 or just 01. The named sequence is crucial later when we import into premiere. It's up to you if you want to save in a compressed format. It's probably best to save as uncompressed(psd, bmp, tif).

Use Photoshop Image Adjustment tools to correct color.


Or you can use the GIMP Color tools


Levels in gimp


In photoshop you can try Auto Levels and Auto Contrast. I like to set the Level by hand.





Since the scans aren't in color anyway we really only care about the gray channel. Try to keep the page mostly white and you lines nice and dark. This will help later when we bring the still in to flash. I usually save the uncorrected version also because once you loose data you cannot bring it back.

Now is also a good time to clean up the image a bit.

Setup Photoshop crop tool to crop frames at correct aspect ratio. We will be using 720x480 (this is 4x3 aspect ration notice the px) @ 72dpi to layout our boards.


Select the best part of your drawing and crop


Save the cropped file as a sequenced bitmap (ie name01.bmp or just 01.bmp) bmp. No sense to compress now premier is only going to have to decompress when we import. If you save them with a number in the name it will make it easier to import later.

Repeat this process will all of you frames.

Once you have done all of your frames you should post the corrected images on your website. Here is and Example of some scanned and cleaned boards posted on the web Scanned Story Boards

MTD2 class 6