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Re: All Columbo Fonts - a note on ep titles

Thanks for your reply, Martin...glad to hear from another font freak! I think Wayne Fitzgerald, who did most of Universal's title designs in the 60s & 70s, must have loved Folio Bold Extended (FBE) - because he used it extensively. In addition to Columbo, McCloud, & McMillan & Wife, FBE was used for The Rockford Filles, Hec Ramsey, The Name Of The Game (what a great series that was!), the 1968 Richard Widmark movie Madigan, and a rarely seen 1969 TV Movie called Any Second Now starring Stewart Granger. It was also used for the LP cover of Orson Welles' War Of The Worlds radio drama and on the poster for Boris Karloff's 1968 thriller, Targets.

By the way, I mentioned I discovered a way to create a 45% 3D block shadow effect on titles as opposed to the usual drop shadow...here's how its done:

Open a picture image or blank image in Photoshop. If using a blank image, make it a landscape rectangle of about 1000 x 800 pixels and use paint bucket to give it a subdued blue or purple background.

Then select a nice yellow and type COLUMBO in FBE capitals. Once you've chosen a size and position for the word COLUMBO, don't move it.

Go to your layers palette and you will see you have 2 items: COLUMBO & background - in that order

Right click COLUMBO and duplicate the layer. You will now have COLUMBO copy, COLUMBO, and background in your layer palette. Turn off the visibility of COLUMBO by unchecking the "eye" icon.

Click on COLUMBO copy and rename it SHADOW, then change the colour from yellow to black.

Make COLUMBO visible again by clicking the "eye" icon. You won't see it though because it's underneath the SHADOW layer.

In the layers palette, drag the SHADOW layer below the COLUMBO layer and you will now see your yellow COLUMBO title.

You should now see COLUMBO, SHADOW, & background in your layers palette.

With your pointer activated, click on SHADOW. On your keyboard you have 4 arrows. Click the down arrow once and the right arrow once.

You should now see a slight change in your image because have just moved SHADOW one pixel down and right from COLUMBO.

Right click SHADOW and duplicate it. You should now have COLUMBO, SHADOW copy, and SHADOW.

Drag SHADOW copy below SHADOW in your layers palette, and again click down arrow once and right arrow once. You now see a more noticeable change - the block shadow is starting to imerge.

Now duplicate SHADOW copy and you will see SHADOW copy 2. Drag it below SHADOW copy and click the down and right arrows once each again.

Repeat this process as many times as you wish until you're happy with the size of your block shadow effect.

When you're happy with it, highlight all layers (COLUMBO & all SHADOW layers), right click and choose "Group into Smart Object". The title COLUMBO with its block shadow is now fully moveable.

Give it a try, Martin, and let me know how you got on with it.


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