How to identify a font from an image

How to identify a font from an image


– Have you ever been on a website, read a magazine, seen a business card, a flyer, a poster, that contains a font that you think you might like to use
in a project as well? Slight problem, you don’t
know the name of that font. Well, today, I’m going
to show you a great app that you can instal on your smartphone that will allow you to identify the names of fonts. Okay folks, so here’s the app
that I want to show you today. It’s called WhatTheFont, and the first thing you’re going to need is a smartphone and it
can be iOS or Android, it’s covered by both. You need to instal the app, and then once you’ve installed it, fire up the app. And you can see here, it’s
got a live camera mode. There’s my hand. And there are just three
icons across the bottom. Left hand side is access to your image library on your smartphone, the middle button’s for
taking a photograph, and the right hand button is
to turn the flash on or off. So I’m going to show
you a couple of examples of how this works today. First one, let’s say I like the font which is on my Waterstones
membership card. And I want to use that
font for another project. But I don’t know what it’s called. So how do I find out? Really simple. You simply line up the thing that you want to identify, hit the centre photograph button, and the app will identify
any typography in the image. It will then highlight those areas with some dashed boxes. It may not do it perfectly, and you can actually use the icon now, which is is now appeared
on the right hand side to make your own selection boxes. But as you can see here,
it’s done that for me. So all I do is I tap the one that I want, it highlights it, and you can see now that there’s a blue circle with an arrow. I will hit that, and it will try to identify that font. Here we can see, it’s given me a big list of results of font which are very similar but actually the first result is bang on, and it’s New Baskerville Standard Roman. So if I want to get that font, I just tap on it, and it will take me to
the MyFonts website, where I can get that font. Let’s look at another example. So let’s go back to the live screen again. And this time, I’ve got a magazine cover. And I’m going to line it up, take a photo, and let it do it’s thing. Let it identify some of that typography. See it’s identified, you can see that it’s identified
all of the text there, and I’m going to hit marketing, hit the blue circle, bang, it’s identified
that typeface as Edo Pro. But the great thing is, maybe I don’t want to use that exact one, maybe some of the ones in the
results that it’s given me are more suitable for the
project I have in mind. So again, like the previous one, I just tap on the image, and it will give me a link to either share that font
with someone else via email or I can click on the Buy
It Now at MyFonts site. It may be that you can also get the typeface from other websites, so you could just go to Google, knowing name of the font now, type it into Google and it will give you a list of results where you can get that font. So how cool is the WhatTheFont app? Really simple to use, and good results. I hope you found the video useful, folks. If you have, make sure to give it a like, subscribe to my channel if
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stay creative, folks!

17 thoughts on “How to identify a font from an image”

  1. Do you use any other font identifying tools that could be useful for others to know about? Leave details in the comments 🙂

  2. I wish I’d heard of this last night! I spent 2 hours looking for a font I wanted! Oh well, better late than never… 😉

  3. I get a lot of really low Res crap sent to me so sometimes Identifont is more helpful. Usually WTF is pretty good though and if the app doesn't get it right and you can wait a wee while; the wtf site allows you to upload the source image to their forum and that can also bear fruit.

  4. www.whatfontis.com and www.fontspring.com/matcherator online and Photoshop has a nice font matching tool now too.

  5. I've heard of What The Font before, but an app makes it so much easier to use. Now you can find fonts anywhere!

  6. Great tip. A few mentions : the app only identifies the fonts sold by myfonts. I found www.whatfontis.com that detects also free and commercial fonts from all fons sellers. It works better on Desktop but that doesn't bother me since anyway i can't really use the fonts on my phone 🙂

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