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5 Free Ways to Identify a Font in an Image
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 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 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
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!