I love finding holes in the internet that I can fill. I searched for an Illustrator template after discovering that is precisely what keeps causing me such huge delays in the design process when moving to After Effects. In my efficient obsessions, I keep trying to skip that step and then my projects immediately become:
- a tangled web of graphic files that are hard to visualize at one time
- impossible to create a more cohesive style
- hard to reuse elements
Sure I create color schemes and burn through post-its like a monster, but I want to be able to see them all together. I know others do this and quite well I should add, but I’ve really been researching the workflow of others as well as my own and realized today that I just keep skipping it…
So this is my new workflow plan:
Anyway, I decided to make a 1080p video size animation Storyboard Template for Illustrator to force myself into this habit from now on. Thought I’d share. Maybe someone will find it instead of spending their Saturday night formatting a grid with script notes!
If anyone finds this helpful, I’ll be back with an update on using a variation on this workflow to work with Keynote animation projects…soon.
By the way, I put the scripts on one layer and backgrounds and swatches also on their own layers in the template setup so that the export to After Effects or split to their own files will make it all a little cleaner. That is THE goal in this life, right.
Use the Illustrator export “Save as” feature to split the artboards into individual scene files to make animation within After Effects possible (because the damn dynamic link is still 10 years away from dynamic).