Useful Tool For Identifying Fonts That You Don’t Recognize

We all know the (already old) saying that an image is worth a thousand words. What we’re missing sometimes is that the content itself is also comprised of images. The style in which text is represented we know as font, and its look is equally important upon first glimpse, which these days becomes more and more synonymous with first impression.

If you’re not convinced, try to think when was the last time you saw a great font standing out in the form of a word, not knowing what’s so catchy about it. Then the endless Google searches ensue, most of the times to no avail, and one more great idea is lost in the infinity of the web. It was about time there was a solution for this too, and it comes in the form of WhatFontIs, a neat and free to use service that is basically a search engine specialized in fonts.

When was the last time you saw a great font standing out in the form of a word, not knowing what’s so catchy about it?

It all starts by accessing the website, and use the search function, either by good ol’ fashioned keyword match, or simply by inserting the URL of the word whose font you need, or even by uploading the image directly from the computer. The matches are selected from a wide database of more than 285000 fonts.

Once an image is uploaded, all you have to do is check the box that refers to the contrast of the background (choose accordingly if the font is darker than the canvas and viceversa), and then click the Continue button. After that, confirm every character and pay extra attention to the filters that determine the resulting fonts. Then, once you are on the results page, choose one of the matches.

They are displayed from the most similar to the least so. In the help section, where you specify the requirements, it is mentioned that the font letters must not touch each other. This is significant, because sometimes, due to their shape and style, some groups of letters can blend and pass as one character. It usually happens with intricate and fancy fonts, such as handwriting and the like, so make sure to leave the box empty for these.

All in all, WhatFontis is yet another great thing the internet has brought to us, and frankly, it was about time: since we’re able to identify songs on Shazam, why not fonts as well?


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Houke de Kwant is a frontend developer from the Netherlands and the creator of TheArtHunters (former Daily Inspiration, which was started as part of his study).