Guide to Balancing Image Weights

Guide to Balancing Image Weights
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Storyboarding Tips on Layout

By Sarah Laroche

Every great storyboard needs to start somewhere, and that somewhere is with a great layout. There are many things that go into making a storyboard excellent, but it always rests on its foundation: the layout.


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  • Detailed Scene
  • When making a detailed scene, consider the visual weight it holds, and minimize the number of additional objects to avoid clutter.
  • Francis looked out at the majestic scenery before him.
  • POOR
  • Francis looked out at the majestic scenery before him.
  • GOOD
  • Simple Scene
  • The scene used is already highly detailed. By adding lots of objects, especially those of high detail, the scene quickly becomes too cluttered.
  • The fields were alive with the caws of crows and bleating of the sheep.
  • The scene itself is very detailed. Balance it by having a large, simple, "less detailed" image, such as a character up front and minimal decorative objects.
  • The fields were alive with the caws of crows and bleating of the sheep.
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  • When using a simple scene, it is okay to offset the light weight with more objects and images with higher detail to create a balanced result.
  • Using few images and simple objects can make this already basic scene look empty.
  • Since this scene is more simple, heavily detailed objects (or many objects) will fit nicely in the scene, without being overwhelming.
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