Use the document to customize template for scripts

Note:

Adobe will stop the Adobe Story CC service on January 22, 2019. Adobe Story CC, Adobe Story CC (Classic), and Adobe Story CC desktop application will be discontinued. See End of service FAQ for more information.

You can customize the default Story templates according to your requirements and save them as custom templates.

  1. Do one of the following based on your current view:

    • In Projects view, click New.

    • In Authoring view, select File > New.

    Note:

    You can modify default templates from the authoring view only.

  2. In Type, select Film Script or TV Script.

  3. In Template, select the template that you want to customize. Click Change.

  4. In the Change Template dialog, select an element from the left panel, and customize it using options in the right panel.

    • Use the options in the Paragraph tab to change the alignment and spacing settings for the element. In Suffix, enter a character to automatically display at the end of the element.

    • Use the options in the Text tab to specify the style for the text in the element.

  5. For TV scripts, by default, all scenes start from a new page. To create scenes without page breaks, deselect the option Start Scene From New Page.

  6. The position of the scene number is the distance in inches from the left margin. To change the alignment for the scene number, enter a custom value.

  7. Click OK. In the Save Template dialog, enter a name for the template, and click Yes.

Customize a template for a script

You can customize a template for a particular film or TV script. The changes made to the template are relevant only to the script for which you customize the template. To use such a template for other documents, you can later save this template to disk.

  1. In Authoring view, select Edit > Template.

  2. In the Change Template dialog, select an element from the left panel, and customize it using options in the right panel.

    • Use the options in the Paragraph tab to change the alignment and spacing settings for the element. In Suffix, enter a character to automatically display at the end of the element.

    • Use the options in the Text tab to specify the style for the text in the element.

  3. For TV scripts, by default, all scenes start from a new page. To create scenes without page breaks, deselect the option Start Scene From New Page.

  4. The position of the scene number is the distance in inches from the left margin. To change the alignment for the scene number, enter a custom value.

  5. Click OK. In the Save Template dialog, enter a name for the template, and click Yes.

Add/delete/rename element types to a template

Available for: Adobe Story Plus customers

Beginning the April 2014 release of Adobe Story, you can decide to add/remove element types in your script and give them customized names to which your production crew can relate better.

To add/delete element types to a template, do the following:

  1. In the Projects view, click New to launch the Create New Document dialog.
  2. Choose Film or TV Script and then any corresponding template. Click Change.
  3. To rename any element, choose the element from the list and from the Paragraph tab. Change the Display Name to an appropriate name.
  4. To remove any element, choose the element from the list and click the – icon.
  5. To add an element type, click the + icon and then provide an element name. Set appropriate formatting settings for the newly added element.
  6. To reorder elements, click and drag elements up and down the list. The same order is maintained in the element list popup in the top right hand side of the editor as well as the smart types appearing in the script.
  7. Click the Shortcuts tab to set appropriate shortcuts for the Tab key, Enter key, and Tab key in a new line.
  8. Click Save As to save the settings as a new template.

Note:

The following essential element types cannot be removed from the template:

  • From
  • To
  • Scene Heading
  • General
  • Start of Part
  • End of Part

Story - Custom Element Names - Templates
Figure 1: A template with custom element names and some elements removed

Note:

The element name changes are restricted to the display within the script only. The schedule and the reports created from the scripts continue to have the standard element names.

Page settings stored as part of the template

Available for: All Story customers

Film or TV script templates in Story can store page settings. Any scripts created from the template reflect these default page settings. For example, documents created from the UK Screenplay (TV) 1 template have the page size set to A4. On the other hand, film scripts created from the Film Template have the page size set to Letter.

Follow these steps to view/change the template page setup: 

  1. In the Projects view, click New to launch the Create New Document.
  2. Choose Film or TV Script and then select a corresponding template. Click Change.
  3. In the Change Template dialog, click General > Page Setup.
  4. View or change the Page Settings and then click OK.
  5. Choose Save As to save the modified template as a new template.

Note:

Changing the page settings in the template affects all new documents created from the template. Any documents created prior to modifying the settings are not affected.

Change document page settings

Changing the document page settings affects only that particular document and not the template from which the document was created.

To view/change the document page setup after the document is created, follow these steps:

  1. With the document open, click File > Page Setup.
  2. Enter the desired page setting values and then click OK.

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