How to Make Your Own Title Strips
So you've just spent your life savings on that 50-year-old
juke box which has been totally rebuilt, re-chromed, and restored. You
bought a set of pre-printed title strips from the seller. Then you get
your felt tip pen and write in the record titles. Place 'em in your juke
and ...... hmmm! It's ruined the authenticity of the whole unit and you
wonder what can you do to put it right
You're looking at this on a PC so you must have access to
a computer, right? You've almost certainly got access to a spreadsheet or
desktop publishing tool too. Then look no further, you can make your own title strips!
Probably the easiest tool to use for performing this
task is any spreadsheet program. The advantage with using a spreadsheet
is that once the initial design has been completed, the 'cell' structure
enables easy editing of text and alignment for future strips.
The down side of using a spreadsheet is that if you
really want to go to town on the design of the strip, e.g. fancy frames
and colours, then you are fairly limited in what you can do. Not unreasonable
I suppose given that spreadsheets were designed as accounts tools!
Here's an example of a title strip created with Microsoft
For the more adventurous, a desktop publishing tool
might be more appropriate. These are typically equipped with complex design
features which can enable a wide variety of designs to be produced.
The problem with DTP tools is that, not having a
cell structure like a spreadsheet, alignment and sizing of text can be
a tortuous exercise when dealing with small precision tasks - like making
jukebox title strips!
I created the following example with
When printing your strips, remember that you will
need some card which is thick enough to fit snugly into the strip holders,
and thin enough to go through your printer. I use 200 micron A4 paper.
If all of the above is too much for you and you can't
be bothered with designing your own strips, there are some commercially
available PC programs which will make it much easier for you.
I can highly recommend the "Jukebox" title strip utility which you can
try / buy at the
Profile site. I've used this
product since 1999, and it's backed by an excellent advice and support