Using the PDF Export view, you can set up your PDF export and run an analysis on the result before printing it to a PDF file. This can be useful in preventing overset text resulting from the selected profile and PDF layout options.
- In the top menu, select File > Export > PDF.
The Export to PDF dialog box opens.
- In the Destination Path section, click the Browse button.
- In the Save dialog, browse to the location in which you want to export your PDF document. In the File name field, type in the desired name for the document and click on Save.
- In the PDF Export Parameters section, select a layout for the PDF file.
- 3 Panels Horizontal: This is a classic layout of a printed storyboard. It consists of three panels per page, including captions, in an horizontal arrangement.
- 3 Panels Vertical: This is a classic layout of a printed storyboard. It consists of three panels per page, including captions, in a vertical arrangement.
- Full Page: This layout consists of one large panel per page, including captions.
- Overview 2x4 Panels: This layout consists of a total of eight panels per page, organized on two rows of four, with captions in the middle.
- Overview 4x3: This layout consists of a total of 12 panels per page, organized in three rows of four. No caption is included.
- Overview 8x10: This layout consists of a total of 80 panels per page, organized in ten rows of four. No caption is included.
- Typical Japanese Format: This layout consists of a total of five panels by page, aligned on the left side of the page. Captions and duration are aligned in two consecutive rows on the right side. Note that your PDF reader and system may require an additional font package in order to display the PDF file properly.
- Alternate Vertical Layout: This layout consists of a total of 5 panels per page, aligned on the left side of the page. Captions are organized on the right size of each panel. This export also includes a cut and a duration column, and displays the duration of each scene at the beginning of every new one.
- Alternate Japanese Layout: This layout consists of a total of 5 panels per page, aligned on the left side of the page. This export includes vertical columns for the dialog, action, sluggin, notes, and time (duration) column which is displayed near the end of each scene (optionally). The scene name appears near the top of the first panel of a scene. The caption titles appear at the top and do not repeat at each panel. The total duration appears at the bottom of the page.
- In the Export Range section, select whether you want to export the entire project, or only specific parts of it:
- All: Exports the entire storyboard.
- Selected Scenes: Select this option to export a specific selection of scenes. Then, click on the Select button to open the Scenes Picker dialog box, in which you can:
- Type the number of a sequence or of a scene in the Sequence or Scene fields in the Filter section, to only show matching sequences or matching scenes in the list.
- Click and drag to select a range of scenes.
- Hold the Ctrl key and click on each scene you want to add to your selection.
- Hold the Shift key, then click on the first scene and the last scene you want to add to your selection, to select every scene between those two scenes inclusively.
- If your project has sequences, click on a sequence to select every scene in that sequence.
- Current Scene: Exports only the currently selected scene.
- Current Panel: Exports only the currently selected panel.
- Tracked Panels:Exports panels on which tracking changes is enabled
—see About Track Changes.
- If you want to view the storyboard after it is exported, check the Open document after export option.
- Click on Export button.
- Done of the following:
- In the Workspace toolbar, click the PDF View button.
- Select Windows > PDF Export.
- In the PDF Export view or window, do the following:
- In the Profile section, use the drop-down menu to select a profile for your export. Click Edit to modify the current options of the layout if needed—see Creating Custom PDF Layout Profiles.
- Click the Expand button to display the Export Range section:
- By default, the export range is set to All, which means your entire storyboard project will be exported.
- Selected Scenes: Select this option and click Select to open the Scenes Picker dialog box in which you can select specific scenes to export.
- Current Scene: Exports only the currently selected scene to PDF.
- Current Panel: Exports only the selected panels to PDF.
- Tracked Panels: Exports panels that are marked as tracked. The number of tracked panels will appear beside the option
—see About Track Changes.
- In the Analysis section:
- Click Filters and select the issue types you want the analysis to display. Options include: Text Overflow, Text Overlap, and Camera Pan issues.
- Click Analyse to start the analysis of your PDF options.
If no issue is encountered, the list will remain empty and the word
Done!will appear beside the Analyse button.
If issues are encountered, they will appear in the list area. The scene, panel, and page numbers will be indicated, as well as a description of the problem found.
You can select an issue and click Ignore to remove it from the list as you verify the critical level these elements have on your PDF export.
In the Filters menu, you can show ignored issues by selecting the Show Ignored option. Instead of being removed from the list, a red X will appear beside the issue.
You can reset an ignored issue by clicking Restore Ignored to remove the red X.
- Click Preview to generate a PDF preview of the selected issue.
- Click Export to export your PDF file.
The Export to PDF dialog box opens.
- In the Destination Path field, specify the location and name of the file that will contain the PDF. Either type in the path directly or click the Browse button to display a window to select a file. Refer to the Exporting to PDF section to learn how to set up password protected security rules.
- Select the Open document after export option to automatically open your PDF file when it is ready.