Maintaining consistency of characters is often essential to storyboards. However, achieving this can be challenging when using AI, as AI storyboards often produce images with random and inconsistent character looks or styles.
But here’s some great news: With StoryboardHero, you can easily achieve character consistency throughout every frame! Here is how:
3 Easy Steps to Achieve Character Consistency with StoryboardHero
1. Define your character as precisely as possible.
Start by providing a detailed character description in the prompt field.
For example: a young woman with long, dark hair, wearing a white shirt and black skirt.
This short description encompasses both her hairstyle and clothing, providing a comprehensive image of her appearance.
Note: The AI will generate images based on the input provided in the prompt field. By default, the description field is copied to the prompt field for input. However, you can update the prompt field to define the character and background as precisely as possible, thereby achieving consistency in characters and backgrounds across scenes.
The prompt field is only visible in the grid layout and view mode. It is not displayed in the PDF, video, or when sharing the storyboard, ensuring a polished, professional, and well-finished storyboard copy.
2. Repeat your character in your description of each scene.
Maintain consistency by reiterating these defining features in each scene description. If the character is now standing in front of a school building, your next scene prompt could be:
A young woman with long, dark hair, wearing a white shirt and black skirt. The character is standing in front of a school building.
3. Vary only what needs to be varied: outfits, actions, and background.
Introduce variations where necessary. For example, in the next scene, the young woman still wearing a white shirt and long black skirt but is now seated in a coffee shop, leisurely sipping a cup of coffee. The subsequent scene prompt should be:
A young woman with long, dark hair, wearing a white shirt and black skirt. The character is comfortably seated in a coffee shop, sipping a cup of coffee
The background and action changes, but his distinctive appearance will remain constant.
By consistently incorporating the character’s unique features into each scene, StoryboardHero ensures that the character remains visually coherent and easily identifiable throughout the storyboard.
Example Storyboard with Consistent Characters using StoryboardHero
Here is an example in black-and-white sketch style:
A young man with short dark hair, wearing a white shirt with short sleeves and long black trousers. The character is standing in front of a building.
This first scene establishes the foundation for the character’s look throughout the storyboard. The young man’s appearance, featuring short dark hair, a white shirt with short sleeves, and long black trousers, serves as a visual anchor. Consistency in this initial scene sets the tone for subsequent scenes, ensuring the character maintains a coherent and identifiable appearance scene by scene.
(Vary the action and background)
A young man with short dark hair, wearing a white shirt with short sleeves, a necktie, and long black trousers. The character is seated in an armchair in a library and reading a book
In this scene, while the character’s outfit has a minimal change—now featuring a necktie—the overall appearance remains consistent. The action shifts to a library setting, introducing a new background and activity.
You can achieve the same results by entering the prompt in this format as well:
(Vary the outfit, action, and background)
A young man with short dark hair, wearing dark shorts and a white tee shirt. The character is running in a park.
Here, the character’s outfit, action, and background all change. The character now wears different attire suitable for running, and the setting shifts to a vibrant park scene, injecting variety into the storyboard while maintaining the core consistency of the character’s appearance in the provided outfit.
In conclusion, while numerous AI storyboard generators exist today with the capacity to produce images for your narrative visuals, the distinctive element of consistency is uniquely delivered by StoryboardHero. Here, you can not only access the convenience of AI-generated content but also ensure a coherent and uniform storytelling experience across your entire storyboard.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
Why is character consistency important in storyboards?
Character consistency ensures a seamless and engaging visual narrative, providing viewers with a stable and recognizable focal point throughout the storytelling process.
How does StoryboardHero contribute to achieving character consistency?
StoryboardHero ensures consistency in characters and backgrounds across scenes by allowing users to define them precisely in the prompt field. This feature ensures that the AI generates images based on specific character and background descriptions, maintaining visual coherence throughout the storyboard.
Can I use StoryboardHero for different visual styles, such as sketch or black-and-white?
Yes, StoryboardHero accommodates various visual styles. The examples provided showcase a black-and-white sketch style, demonstrating the tool’s adaptability to different artistic preferences.
What if I want to create scenes with completely different backgrounds and actions for my character?
StoryboardHero allows flexibility in introducing variations where necessary. Even with different backgrounds and actions, the tool ensures the core appearance of the character remains consistent, preserving visual coherence.
How can StoryboardHero enhance my storytelling experience compared to other AI storyboard generators?
StoryboardHero not only offers the convenience of AI-generated content but specializes in delivering character consistency. This unique feature sets it apart, providing a uniform storytelling experience across all frames in your storyboard.