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5 Free Ways to Identify a Font in an Image

Updated on March 10, 2015

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.

Online Font-Finder Software

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.

What the Font? vs. What Font Is

Which one is better?

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-Detection Software for Your Computer

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?

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

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

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Find my Font is a new utility which detects a font from an image.

      It runs on either Mac or PC and it find a match by scanning all the fonts you have in your computer at a speed of 5.000.000 fonts per minute! You can download a free-trial edition here: http://www.findmyfont.com

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      anonymous 5 years ago

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

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      good

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      Expat Mamasita 4 years ago from Slovakia

      Wow! So many fonts :-)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very nice fonts resource. :)

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      SquidooPower 4 years ago

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

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      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).

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      aussiejon 4 years ago

      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

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      C A Chancellor 4 years ago from US/TN

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

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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

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

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      anonymous 4 years ago

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

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      TipsForMoms 4 years ago

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

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      zentao 4 years ago

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

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      Darcie French 4 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Thanks so much for the intro to Font Identifier

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      Gayle Dowell 4 years ago from Kansas

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

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      dream1983 4 years ago

      Great lens, nicely done!

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      Stewf 4 years ago

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      pantjing 4 years ago

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

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      hmommers 4 years ago

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

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      Cynthia Haltom 3 years ago from Diamondhead

      Thanks for sharing this info.

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      ConvenientCalendar 3 years ago

      Great lens!

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      BlowDryBar 3 years ago

      I had no idea this could even be done!

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      othellos 3 years ago

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

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      Doc_Holliday 3 years ago

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

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      VioletteRose LM 2 years ago

      This is really useful, thanks so much!

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