What is this font? An online tool to detect or guess font typography in images

by Yang Yang on June 5, 2009

Browsing through websites after websites, you may wonder from time to time what a font is that’s used in the site design. While experience and necessary typographical knowledge is needed to make a sound guess, you can always upload a screenshot of image with some sample text of the font on to an online tool so that it can determine for you what is the font used, judging and comparing from a huge database of fonts and typographies.

For example, I wanted to know what font the black text of ‘rackspace‘ is in in the starting frame of the video on this page:

  1. Make a screenshot containing the text ‘rackspace’. You may want to resize the screenshot relatively small and save it in BMP format or high quality PNG so that the font guessing tool can do a good job.
  2. Upload the image at here: http://new.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont As you may have noticed, you can also specify an URL of image on the Web that the tool can download it for you.
  3. Click ‘Continue’.
  4. The system will present you a series of guessed characters, make sure at least one of them is right and leave empty whatever the system failed to recognize the right alphabetic character.
  5. Click ‘Continue’.
  6. Done. The system will now output an order of guessed fonts by similarity.

Thanks Jon for the tip.

what is this font

nicolas June 20, 2010 at 12:15 am

so cool link! so helpfull!!

tks a lot..

I had a headache because of reading pages and pages of fonts without finding what I was searching…

cheers

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