I'd like to kick things off with a tutorial for a tool that I personally use nearly every day. When working on a new project, I'm always on the lookout for font families that will go well with my subject matter. When a friend recently turned me on to whatfontis.com, I took my searching to a whole new level. The site will basically take any image you throw at it (with a few limitations) and spit the font it contains back at you. It then lists the 100 most similar fonts, both free and paid, for download.
While I have stumped them a few times with some of the more unique fonts out there, their library of over 285,000 fonts rarely misses a beat.
On to it then:
Step 1: Find a single line a text in the font that you are looking for. Take a shot of it and transfer it to your computer. I like to use Dropbox to auto-upload the picture to my computer, as it gets auto-compressed in the process.
Step 2: Upload the image to whatfontis.com and enter the correct settings. You can also choose if you'd like free, commercial, or all of the fonts that come up matching.
Step 3: As the app finds individual letters, input the character next to the corresponding black and white image. Click submit once you've marked down all recognizable characters
Step 4: Search through their huge list of fonts for one that best matches your shot and throw it into your next design project!
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