Adding ‘Friends’ logo or text to Word, PowerPoint and Office

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Here’s how to add a taste of the logo or text from ‘Friends’ to a Word document, PowerPoint slide or other document. All you need is available online plus a little Office trickery.

Note for old-timers (like Peter, our Editor-in-Chief).  ‘Friends’ was a televisual entertainment shown on broadcast networks in full color.  The plots revolved around six people living in improbably large Manhattan apartments.  Hilarity ensued for ten seasons between 1994 and 2004. The program continues to be popular on modern streaming services and just had its 25th anniversary.

Keep in mind that the Friends logo is trademarked, though it’s widely copied and parodied.

The Friends logo is easily available as an SVG graphic.

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Wikipedia has the logo as an SVG.  SVG’s are supported in Office 365 Windows/Mac and the most flexible option.  For earlier versions of Office, use the JPG option instead.

If you’ve been following our coverage of SVG images in Office, you’ll be wondering if it’s possible to replace the letters with your own.  Sadly no, each of the letters is a separate drawn graphic not a letter with embedded font.  But there’s another way to do that, see below.

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Make simple changes to SVG graphics

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SVG Graphics coming to Office … at long last!

Insert the logo into any document or slide, just like any other image.

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Friends logo variants

If you want something based on the logo, it’s possible to recreate it.

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Start with one of the ‘Friends’ fonts, as shown below.

Dots between letters

Then add dots between letters.  We used the standard Bullet character Unicode hex 2022.

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Dot colors

The exact colors for each dot are:

  • Red RGB: 233,30,35   or #e91e23
  • Blue RGB: 2,178,231  or #02b2e7
  • Yellow RGB: 250,188,22  or #fabc16

That’s based on the Wikipedia version of the logo, the # web color values are the ones used in the SVG code. The RGB values are equivalents that Office will accept in the Color | Custom dialog.

The color order from the opening titles is Red, Blue, Yellow, Red, Yellow, Blue.

If you feel the dots are too low, try making them superscript then increasing the font size.

The one about the Friends font

Unlike some other examples like Murphy Brown, Thunderbirds or Law and Order, with Friends it’s all about the font.  In the TV show, the logo and opening credits are superimposed over images or video.

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In a PowerPoint slide, use the same look

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We found two fonts online that are very similar to the font used in Friends.

Gabriel Weiss

The most popular option is from Gabriel Weiss which is closest to the original.

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Gregor Miller

An alternative is from Gregor Miller which is thinner.

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Add the Shadow effect

The acting credits include a shadow effect that can be emulated in Office.

Select the text then start with the first Shadow | Outer option.

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Or jump straight to Shape Format | WordArt Styles | Shadow, scroll to the bottom and choose Shadow effects.

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Preset:  Outer, the first option as shown above.

Color: Black

Transparency:  30%

Size: 100%

Blur:  0%  for a sharp edge to the shadow.

Angle: 45°

Distance: 6pt

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