How to Identify That Mysterious and Perfect Font in 3 Easy Steps

Have you ever been stuck in that situation where you are faced with an image of the 'perfect font' that you need for your project but have no idea what it is called? I know I have. This kind of scenario is perfect for WhatFontIs.com, the website, as you may have already guessed by the name and situation, is a font identifier and by following three simple steps the website should be able to identify your mystery font and if it fails, it will find a font that is similar from its library of over 280,000 and growing fonts.

Step 1: 

Grab an image of the font with as best contrast as possible between the background and font, if you need to alter the levels of the image in Photoshop to get a good contrast I recommend doing so. Check out the 'Examples" page on the website for a better understanding of how they read your uploads. Be sure to select the correct option "The background color is lighter" or "darker" as this makes a heap of difference. I'm going to be uploading an image of Avera, a font that I designed for our marketplace, knowing full well they wont have it in their library. Lets see what how related their suggestions will be. 

(the image I will be uploading of our font Avera)

Step 2:




The next step is a part that will require you to identify each letter that the program can identify. Sometimes it will pick out characters that are not in fact characters but rather parts of, I recommend you don't identity these, I found that the results are stronger if this is avoided. Also, if less than 4 characters are found they link to an online photo editor and recommend you change the lighting of the image to bring the contrast to a higher level. (Or use a local program, and re-upload) 

Step 3:

The above image shows the results of the search, I couldn't be more surprised, the tool actually worked very well and wins my approval, so the bottom line for all you creative folks reading this is that I recommend you save this to your favorites, and when the time comes it could save you a headache. 

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About Tom White

Hey! I'm Tom, I create handcrafted fonts for our marketplace and generally keep this place looking nice and tidy.

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