During some recent mograph work, I was stressing about the dreary task of storyboarding comps and style frames. After a fit of frustration, I came across a wonderful little Photoshop workaround known as Mr. Stacks. Ultimately, Mr. Stacks is a Photoshop script that helps with generating storyboards, stacks, layer comps, etc… Surprisingly, I’ve found it to be incredibly helpful, although I did run into a few instances where I still had to tweak things manually, (although that’s more of a subject critique). Ultimately it handled the majority of the tasks for me, which in turn afforded me more time to spend on actually executing the creative aspect of the project. Overall, I wouldn’t say it’s the means to an end, but it does shave off an incredible amount of time (which is something we all need more of). Also, FYI, from what I’ve tested, it only works with Photoshop CS5, so if you’re still working CS4, you’re out of luck.
They’re currently still in Beta, but I’d highly recommend getting your feet wet with using it. Especially if the storyboarding process is something that frustrates you as well. For more information, you should definitely checkout the video [see above], which also trends a clubstep cut by Skrillex, in case you wanna grind that booty while pimping out your style frames.
Anyway, if any of you have actually used Mr. Stacks, I’d love to know your thoughts on it after the jump.