Use the document to learn how to add scripts to a project

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.

  • To create a script from the Home view, click Create New Script.

  • To create a script in the Projects view, select the project and click New. Select the type of script that you want to create, enter a title for the script, and click Create.

  • To create a script in the Authoring view, select File > New. Select the type of script that you want to create, enter a title for the script, and click Create.

  • To import a script in the Projects view, click Import. Select Script.

  • To import a script in the Authoring view, select File > Import.

  • To duplicate a script within a project, in the Projects view, select the script and click Duplicate.

  • To copy a script from another project, select the script in the Projects view. Drag it to the project in the left panel.

    note: If you import a script, Adobe Story formats it and creates a scene outline.

Write scripts

When writing scripts, use the Tab and Enter keys to move among elements in the script. When you press these keys, the focus shifts to the next logical element.

Note the changes in the Element menu when you press the Enter and Tab keys.

  1. Double-click a script in the Projects view. The script opens in the Authoring view.

  2. Adobe Story assigns the Scene Heading element to the first paragraph. Enter the Scene Heading, and press Enter/Tab. The Action element is automatically inserted.

    note: If your script doesn’t begin with a Scene Heading, select a desired option from the Elements menu. Alternatively, press Tab to move to the next logical element in the menu.

  3. Press Tab after the Action element to move to the Character element. Press Enter to move to an Action Element.

  4. Press Enter after the Character element. The focus shifts to the Dialog element. For the parenthetical element, press Tab.

  5. When you press Enter after the character element or the parenthetical element, the focus shifts to the dialog element.

  6. Press Enter after the dialog element. The focus shifts to the character element. Press Tab to move to the next logical element.

  7. Continue typing the scene using the required screen elements. Adobe Story assigns the standard formatting for the elements.

  8. Use the transition element to indicate end of scene. Press Enter to move to the next scene.

Note:

The Action element is automatically converted to Scene Heading when you enter INT, EXT, I/E, or E/I in the beginning. However, auto-conversion doesn’t happen when you copy content to the Action element.

Hyperlinks help provide references to terms in the script. For example, you insert a hyperlink to a web page that contains the description of a term that you used in the script.

  1. Select the text that you want to hyperlink.

  2. Select Edit > Insert Link.

  3. In the Insert Link dialog, enter the following, and click OK.

    Link text

    Modify the text that you want to display as hyperlinked. You can also choose to retain the text in the field.

    Link URL

    Enter the URL of the target.

Note:

You can also create a link using the option from the contextual toolbar.

Enable/Disable Continued for repeated character

When you enable the Character Contd option, Adobe Story adds “CONT’D” next to the Character name when a Character is repeated.

  • When you enable the option for the first time, a message appears using which you can enable cont’ds. However, you can at any time enable or disable the setting throughout the document.

    1. Select View > Character Contd.

    2. In Character Continued Settings dialog, select or deselect the option Insert CONT’D For Continuous Dialogs.

    note: An imported document containing cont’ds retains the cont’ds even after import irrespective of the setting. To disable cont’ds, enable the option, and then disable it.

  • To selectively enable/disable cont’ds, do the following:

    1. Place your cursor on the character element for which you want to enable or disable this option.

    2. Select View > Character Contd.

    3. In Character Continued Settings dialog, select or deselect the option Insert CONT’D For This Dialog.

Enable “more” and “continued” for page breaks

When you enable more and continued, the word More appears at the end of the page whenever content in an element overflows to the next page. In the next page containing the overflow text, the word Cont’d appears at the beginning of the page, next to the scene element.

When you export the document as a PDF file with this option enabled, the words “More” and “Cont’d” are displayed in the PDF file as well.

  1. Select View > More & Contd.

Writing aids

Adobe Story provides you with many options that help making the script writing process simpler and more efficient.

Auto Complete

When you enable Auto Complete, a list of options is displayed when you type the first few letters of a word that Adobe Story recognizes. Instead of typing the entire word, you can select an option from the menu.

For scene elements, a list of options is displayed when you insert the scene element. For example, if you are typing a scene heading with a location mentioned earlier, Adobe Story prompts with a list of locations matching the text. Click the location in the menu that appears. The location is added at the cursor location.

  1. Select View > Auto Complete to enable or disable Auto Complete.

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Auto Complete - Notice how Adobe Story automatically recognized the character in the script

Auto Complete options for inserting scene elements

Key

Context

Effect

Enter

Scene Heading element

Inserts the Action element

Enter

Empty Scene Heading element

Displays the list of relevant elements

Enter

Parenthetical element

Inserts the Dialog element

Enter

Dialog element

Inserts the Character element

Tab

Action element

Inserts the Character element

Tab

Character element

Inserts the Parenthetical element

Tab

Transition element

Inserts the Scene Heading element

Tab

Empty Dialog element

Inserts the Parenthetical element

Auto Complete options for character elements

After you add a character element, press space+ ( for the options.

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Auto Complete options for the character element

Element

Description

V.O.

Voice Over. The actor or speaker is narrating the onscreen action.

O.S

Off Screen. The actor or speaker is not part of the scene.

O.C

Off camera. The actor or speaker is part of the scene but not covered by the camera.

Cont’d

Continued. When the character element appears consecutively in a scene, the word Continued appears next to the element automatically. If a dialogue breaks across pages, Adobe Story adds “(MORE)” on the last line of the page. “(CONT’D)” prefixed with the character name appears on top of the next page.

Subtitle

The content used for the subtitle when the actor is speaking in a language other than the main language of the script.

Formatting toolbar

The formatting toolbar provides you with options to format text in a document. The toolbar is displayed only if you have enabled the option.

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Formatting toolbar

A. Font family and Font size B. Font style C. Font color D. Text highlight color E. Alignment options F. Vertical spacing G. Indent options 
  1. Select View > Formatting toolbar. You can do the following using the formatting toolbar:

    • Change the style of the selected text.

    • Change text color.

    • Change the way text is indented.

    • Highlight text within the script.

    • Change the vertical spacing of lines in the script. Select the lines, and click the Vertical Spacing icon. Select the spacing from the options in the menu.

If you have enabled the contextual toolbar, the formatting menu appears next to the text after you have selected it.

Contextual toolbar

You can choose to enable the contextual toolbar by selecting View > Contextual Toolbar. The contextual toolbar appears automatically when you select text within the editing panel. It is similar to a right-click menu in most applications. When the toolbar is disabled, you can still perform the tasks in the contextual toolbar using options in the menu bar.

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Contextual toolbar

Zoom options

  1. Select View > Zoom, and choose one of the following:

    Fit To Height

    The script display is resized to fit the height of the editing panel.

    Fit To Width

    The script display is resized to fit the width of the editing panel.

    Fit To Text

    The script display is resized to display only the text in the editing panel.

Paragraph flow

If a dialog does not fit on a page, the whole dialog flows to the next page. This prevents a dialog from breaking across pages. This feature works only when more and continued for page breaks is not enabled.

When the following sequence of elements does not fit in a page, the whole sequence is wrapped to the next page:

  • Character followed by Dialog

  • Character followed by Dialog and then by Parenthetical

  • Character followed by Parenthetical and then by Dialog

This makes sure that the relevant Character and Parenthetical elements stay with the dialog in a page.

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