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What The Font: How To Find A Font From an Image

Fonts play a key role in your website’s design and usability. At some point, you’ve probably seen a typeface in someone else’s photo, graphic, or logo and wished you knew its name so you could use it yourself. Fortunately, the next time you want to find a font from an image, you’ll have the tools on hand to do so.

I like to use WhatTheFont. To check out how well it works, we’re going to test it using a screenshots taken from our favorite Classic Template. When you see a font you like, screenshot it. Then go to WhatTheFont and upload the image.

Then you’ll need to identify the section of the image that includes the font you want the tool to focus on. However, WhatTheFont has a text detection feature that can automatically select the appropriate area for you, saving you a bit of time.

You should only have to manually crop your image if it includes multiple typefaces or WhatTheFont otherwise can’t pinpoint the text you’re trying to use.

As far as accuracy goes, this tool it is hit and miss if it is completely accurate, but the results are pretty close. The Classic Template uses Georgia font, which is similar to the Georgia font offered on this list.

If you’re trying to find a font from an image you could get very close to an exact match with this tool.

However, there might be circumstances where you absolutely need to identify a specific font. If that’s the case, you might have better luck crowdsourcing the answer. Fortunately, there are entire online communities devoted to this task.

Two of the best include Reddit’s IdentifyThisFont and Quora’s Typeface Identification. All you have to do is ask nicely and upload an example of the font you’re trying to name. Usually, someone will come along with the right answer (even if it’s very obscure).


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