Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Great tools for identifying a font

I recently wanted to use a font I has seen used on a business card. I spent hours trawling through massive lists of fonts when it occurred to me that there are probably tools on the web that can help me find it faster.

A quick google search provided many really good resources. Two stood out immediately:
  • If you are lucky enough to have an image of the text, then WhatTheFont is without a doubt the place you want to be. Simply upload an image of the font and the site will provide you with a list of closest matches.
  • In my case, I had a business card on my desk and didn't feel like hassling with the scanner. So my choice was Identifont. The Identifont engine asks a number of questions about the look of the font and provides a list of matching fonts based on your response. A great feature is that it provides an updated list of fonts after each question.

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