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5 Free Ways to Identify a Font in an Image

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Sometimes you need to recreate an image from a bitmap or raster design but don't know which font was used for the original. Maybe you're trying to recreate your logo as a vector, or maybe you've fallen in love with a font and want to use it in your own design work. This page introduces some free tools online to help you identify a font from an image.

WhatTheFont

WhatTheFont, and online font identification tool.

WhatTheFont, and online font identification tool.

WhatTheFont is a tool that allows you to upload a bitmap or raster image, and will identify the font for you.

What Font Is?

What font is that on my webpage?

What font is that on my webpage?

What Font Is is another font finder that allows you to upload a JPEG image to identify a font. In addition, once revealed, it shows you a list of similar font choices. What Font Is also has a browser extension you can use to identify the fonts on websites with a right click.

Let the Experts Help You

Forums are a great place to ask real people and experts to identify your mystery font. Typophile is an enormous online community of font experts and enthusiasts. Simply post a raster image of the font you're looking for as a new thread. Most other font-identification sites also have forums where you can do this, but the communities won't be as big or as useful as Typophile.

Font Finder

Font Finder font-detection software.

Font Finder font-detection software.

Find My Font searches your hard-drive for fonts you have installed and matches them to fonts in a flattened image or graphic. This is helpful if you know what computer the image was created on. It comes as either a free trial or a pro version.

Identifont Font Tree

Identifont is a question-and-answer program that will help you identify a font by asking questions about what your font looks like. For example, it will ask: does the uppercase J extend below the baseline? Does the dollar sign have two lines going down or one? It's a good program but does have its limits. If you only have a few words or characters to work from it may not be able to help you. It's certainly worth a try though, especially since it's free!

How did you detect your font from a gif or jpg image? - Did you use one of these options or something different?

VioletteRose LM on June 16, 2014:

This is really useful, thanks so much!

Doc_Holliday on August 25, 2013:

Useful information. I am going to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

othellos on August 14, 2013:

Really beautiful lens with lots of interesting content. I'll be back to study more.

BlowDryBar on August 05, 2013:

I had no idea this could even be done!

ConvenientCalendar on May 12, 2013:

Great lens!

Cynthia Haltom from Diamondhead on April 19, 2013:

Thanks for sharing this info.

hmommers on March 25, 2013:

Oh oh, sorry I put my response in the wrong box. :-D

pantjing on February 20, 2013:

thanks... i need this information, cos i work in graphic design, and sumtimes my customer don't understand about what font they used.

dream1983 on December 01, 2012:

Great lens, nicely done!

Gayle Dowell from Kansas on November 22, 2012:

What a great tool. I could have used this when I did graphic design work.

Darcie French from Abbotsford, BC on November 16, 2012:

Thanks so much for the intro to Font Identifier

zentao on November 14, 2012:

Great idea and a very useful tool! thanks for sharing this

Monette from Dubai on November 14, 2012:

it seem a helpful lens

TipsForMoms on November 05, 2012:

This is wonderful, useful information. Thank you for all the research and putting this lens together!

anonymous on November 05, 2012:

Wow, this is really useful, thank you for sharing.

Margaret Schindel from Massachusetts on November 01, 2012:

I tried several of these tools just now. Incredibly useful to know about - thanks! Blessed by a Squid Angel. :)

C A Chancellor from US/TN on October 25, 2012:

Wow -- I had no idea these tools existed! I'll keep them in mind if I have a mystery font to identify.

aussiejon on October 24, 2012:

Awesome, Ill be sure to try both What the font and What Font Is?, there is nothing more frustrating than trying to "guess" your way to matching a font

anonymous on September 27, 2012:

Was looking for the font of some deformed text (on a circle). Find my Font saved my day! It searched online and suggested fonts I don't have (even free ones).

SquidooPower on September 25, 2012:

This is such a smart idea. I'm going to pass it along to my graphic design friends.

MatijaB LM on September 16, 2012:

I have done good research.

anonymous on September 15, 2012:

Very nice fonts resource. :)

Expat Mamasita from Thailand on September 14, 2012:

Wow! So many fonts :-)

anonymous on April 24, 2012:

good

anonymous on November 29, 2011:

Find my Font rocks!!! It does an amazing job identifying fonts you have on your computer. Every graphics designer should try it.

Lee Hansen from Vermont on September 10, 2011:

I like WDF but I may try the other free resources you've compiled. Love fonts ...