Frequently-Asked Questions

  1. Are there tutorials for using Springboard?

    There are tutorials in the documentation section, which is also included in the program's built-in Help.

    There is also a German-language handbook written by Springboard user Steely.

  2. How can I delete frames? (Or cut, copy, and paste them)

    First, make sure there's a dotted line around the frame you want to delete. If not, click on the border around the frame, or press the Esc key until you see the dotted line.

    The Edit menu commands will then say Cut Frame, Paste Frame, etc.

    Pasted frames are inserted after the current frame.

    You can also click a frame in the Story View and then use the Edit commands.

    You can also right-click a frame in the Story View, or right-click the frame image itself to see a menu of commands that operate on frames.

    To cut, copy, or paste layers, click or right-click in the Layers palette first.

  3. How can I draw over a color background image?

    First, import your background image, using File > Import or the clipboard. Drag it to the bottom of the layer stack, so it will be behind all other layers.

    Now, assuming you have the default Base layer, you can select that layer and draw over your background in black. Erasing in the Base layer will erase any drawing you have done there.

    To "erase over" the background layer - that is, to paint white or some other color over it to obscure parts of it - create a new spot-color layer with the desired color, drag it above the background layer if necessary, and draw on that layer with the regular tools. If you're drawing in white, both the foreground and background color chips will be white, so be sure to choose the foreground color chip when you want to "lay paint over" the background and the background color chip when you want to "pick paint up" to reveal the background.

  4. How can I rearrange frames?

    The easiest way is to View > Story Tree/Properties View. You can then drag and drop frames to change their order, as well as organize them into larger sections like Scenes and Acts.