Final Draft Templates

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Final Draft contains a wide variety of templates for graphic novels, scripts, TV shows and text documents (query letters, treatments, outlines, etc). Each template contains features of each script type, with element settings, page layouts, header and footer settings, mores and continueds, title pages, SmartType lists and macros. Final Draft’s television templates contain formatting guidelines (with sample text), establishing how each show displays its scenes and acts, and transitions between shots.

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Final Draft Templates: Open New Template

To open a new template in Final Draft, choose File –> New from Stationary. There, you can pick from Graphic Novels, Scripts, Text Documents (querry letters, treatments, outlines, etc), and TV Templates.

Final Draft Templates Open New Template

Final Draft Templates: Downloading New Templates

Final Draft updates their official site with new templates from time to time. To search for new templates, click here to visit their website. All templates are free, but you’ll need your Final Draft Customer Number before downloading. To find your customer number…

For Mac users:

  1. Open Final Draft
  2. On the navigation bar, click Final Draft –> About Final Draft.
  3. Your customer number will follow this format: 8FD-XXX-XXX-XXX-XXX

If you’ve misplaced your customer number and registered your version, call Final Draft at 800-231-4055 for retrieval.

Final Draft Templates: Installing New Templates

Final Draft makes installing new templates is simple.

For Mac users, open the following folders:

  1. Macintosh HD
  2. Applications
  3. Final Draft 8 (or your version’s number)
  4. Stationery
  5. Then choose the folder that matches the type of template you downloaded (Graphic Novels, Scripts, Text Documents, TV Templates.

For PC users, open the following folders:

  1. My Computer
  2. Local Disk C
  3. Program Files
  4. Final Draft 8 (or your version’s number)
  5. Stationery
  6. Then choose the folder that matches the type of template you downloaded (Graphic Novels, Scripts, Text Documents, TV Templates.

Final Draft Templates: Applying a Template to an Existing Work

Let’s say you’ve written an incredible spec episode of Family Guy, but think it’s better suited for South Park. Changing the format is simple.

For Mac and PC users:

  1. Choose Format –> Elements.
  2. Choose from templates with “Apply a Template.”

All your characters, dialogue, slug lines and direction will stay the same, but will contain the formatting relative to the template of your choice.

For more information, please visit Final Draft.

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