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Adobe InDesign: Print the Grid for Storyboarding

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15 November 2016

A storyboard allows us as designers to quickly get a rough idea of how we intend our final project to look.

The placement of design elements such as typography, photography and page furniture can quickly be sketched out for us or an associate to use when crafting the final piece.

InDesign PDF Export Dialogue Box

PDF Export Dialogue Box

Check the box for “Visible Guides and Baseline Grids” before exporting your file.

A popular question I receive here at TDG is how to go about making a storyboard that utilizes the layout grid that had been created for the design and if that is possible.  The answer is a resounding yes.  After putting in all the time on your layout grid, it is nice to be able to replicate that on your storyboard for all contributing authors or designers to be able to reference when planning layouts for particular sections of a magazine for instance.

Here is how we can achieve our grid based storyboard.  This tutorial is assuming you have already created your layout grid.  The secret to achieving this actually awaits you in the PDF export dialog box.

  • Go to File-Adobe PDF Presets and choose “High Quality Print”.  High Quality Print is my personal preference, just so it renders well for future placement but any preset will suffice.
  • In the Export Adobe PDF dialog box, in the General Section at the bottom of the box is a section titled “Include”
    Check the option that states “Visible Guides and Baseline Grids”.  Be sure you have your guides visible and not disabled from your options menu.
  • Click “Export”.

Now that you have your exported grids and guides you are able to place that into a new InDesign file that you set up as your storyboard.

“The placement of design elements such as typography, photography and page furniture can quickly be sketched out for us or an associate to use when crafting the final piece.”

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