Have you ever seen a piece of art created by a fellow designer and wonder what font they used in their project? I certainly have. The other day I was getting distracted on the Internet (hey, we’ve all done that – no judging allowed) and I stumbled across this handy little tool to help identify what fonts designers are using in their projects.
From start to finish, it’s a fairly simple process. In this tutorial, we’ll be using an image I created specifically to illustrate the steps below. Personally, I love this quote and it was a great opportunity to use it in a project.
Go to http://www.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont/. Select the image that has the font you’d like to find a match for and upload it.
Once the image is uploaded, the next step is to help the identifier determine certain characters. Simply enter the highlighted character into the box below.
It’s important to leave the box blank if the area selected isn’t actually a character, as this will negatively affect the end result.
Once all the characters are matched up in the boxes, simply hit “Continue” and the identifier will begin to scan the image to find a similar match. This may take a few minutes, so give it some time and don’t refresh the page.
When the image is done scanning, it will put up a list of close matches to the original image. The key to finding a very close match is to look at the very distinguishable characters, in this case, the letter “R”. As we can see, it has a very distinct tail and the closest match to this is the “Apud Roman” font.
In conclusion, this tutorial showed us a quick way to eliminate guesswork when trying to identify fonts used by other designers. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have – I’ll be monitoring the comments!