WhatTheFont and Alternatives to Find Fonts From Images

WhatTheFont and Alternatives to Find Fonts From Images
WhatTheFont and Alternatives to Find Fonts From Images

Do you want to extract fonts from images? There are a number of online tools that can help you with this, including WhatTheFont and several alternatives.

In the event that you come across a beautiful font somewhere on the internet and would like to incorporate it into your own project, how do you find out what the font is called?

WhatTheFont and Alternatives to Find Fonts From Images

What happens when a font is embedded within an image, though? In the absence of the ability to copy and paste text, how can you tell what font you are looking at?

There are tools available to assist you in identifying fonts from images, so don’t be concerned. This includes WhatTheFont as well as several alternatives if that isn’t your cup of coffee.

1. WhatTheFont (also known as WhatTheFont)

WhatTheFont is, without a doubt, the most well-known of all the free font finder apps available on the market.

There is no need to register, and the app is straightforward to use. Upload an image or drag-and-drop a file into the app to begin the process, and the app will take care of everything else for you.

Three suggestions are provided on the website to help you make the process a success. It is recommended that you apply the following guidelines to any of the tools we discuss in this article:

  1. Try to keep the font height to no more than 100 pixels.
  2. Try to upload images that are horizontal in orientation.
  3. Make certain that the letters do not come into contact with one another.

If your original image does not meet these specifications, you should edit it in a photo editing program such as Photoshop before uploading it.

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If the app is unable to match your image to a font, you can seek assistance from the active forum section. You’ll find a community of font experts in this place. Post a picture of yourself and someone will respond quickly to assist you.

WhatTheFont is also available for download on Android and iOS devices. Additionally, it has the ability to read images that have been saved in your phone’s library and to work “on-the-fly” with your device’s camera. Those of you who are frequently perplexed by fonts used on billboards and in stores will find this book to be an excellent companion.

2. Font Squirrel (Font Squirrel is an abbreviation for Font Squirrel is a type of squirrel).

There’s more to Font Squirrel than a font identifier and a font search tool, though. WhatTheFont works in the same way, but it also allows you to download any fonts that it recognizes, provided that the font is available in the company’s database, which it is in most cases. Some of the fonts are available for free, while others require a one-time payment.

Individual shapes are automatically detected when you upload your image using this tool. Simply type the letter that corresponds to each shape that you want to include in your scan below each shape. The letters don’t have to be used in their entirety, which is useful if your image is an amalgamation of several different font styles.

The site claims that you can use any fonts you download in both personal and commercial projects; however, you should always check the license for each font before using it in any project.

3. IdentiFont

Both of the tools we’ve discussed so far necessitate the uploading of a picture. How do you proceed if you don’t have an image to hand? What options are available to you?

Take a look at IdentiFont. There are five tools that are unique to this site:

Fonts by Appearance: The site asks you 13 questions about your font, after which it generates a list of matches from its database of more than 11,000 styles. Fonts by Appearance:

“Do the characters have serifs?” is an example of a typical question. and “Can you tell me what the dot on the question mark is in?”

When searching for a font by name, the app will provide you with suggestions if you only know a portion or a portion of its name but are unsure of the full name.

Identifying Fonts Based on Similarity: If an unknown font is strikingly similar to another font, enter the name of the other font to see which styles are a close match. It’s also a useful tool if you’re looking for (and intending to use) a lesser-known font in your project that looks similar to a more well-known font from another source.

Fonts by Picture: This tool allows you to search for various dingbat fonts by uploading a picture. Alternatively, you can search by keyword; for example, typing “Car” will return a list of all fonts that contain images of automobiles.

Fonts designed by a designer: Creating fonts is an art form in and of itself. As with any form of art, certain creators have become well-known, either because they’ve developed a distinctive style that can be seen throughout their entire body of work or because they’ve created some of the most iconic mainstream fonts still in use today. If you like a font from a particular designer, you can look through their portfolio to see what else they’ve created.

4. Fontspring

Fontspring is yet another tool for detecting fonts from images, and it is free to use. The interface is visually similar to WhatTheFont, but it adds a couple of features that its competitors do not provide.

First and foremost, there is an image editor. If your photograph is too small, is poorly spaced, or has letters that are touching each other, you can use the editor to make the necessary adjustments before scanning the document in its current state.

Second, there is a tag feature available. It allows you to add characteristics to your upload in order to find fonts that are not commonly used.

Last but not least, the tool is capable of detecting OpenType features. OpenType is a file format for scalable computer fonts that was developed by Adobe Systems.

The site allows you to upload images from your local computer as well as use the URL of an online image to upload. A web font generator, as well as an online font store and a searchable library, are also available.

5. What Font Is This?

WhatFontIS is the final tool we’ll discuss today. It stands for What Font Is. Even though it’s arguably more powerful than Fontspring, it does require registration in order to gain access to the entire range of features.

There are a couple of restrictions for all users: images cannot be larger than 1.8 MB in size, and it only supports JPEG, JPG, GIF, and PNG as image formats, respectively.

There are two other significant advantages to using the app:

Browser Extension: There are add-ons available for both Chrome and Firefox that allow you to instantly identify any font you come across while browsing the internet.

PDF Fonts: Because PDFs are not images, and they are not traditional text documents, it is difficult to extract fonts from them. They are also difficult to convert to other formats. The PDF scanner on WhatFontIs allows you to upload PDF files. After that, the tool scans the document and generates a list of any fonts that it discovers.

If you want to go into greater detail about your fonts, there is an active forum section on WhatTheFont, just like on WhatTheFont.

Which Tool Do You Prefer to Use?

Clearly, several of these apps have features and functions that are similar to one another. To be on the safe side, you should never rely solely on one of these options.

Some fonts are extremely similar, so it’s a good idea to run your image through several different tools to make sure they all come up with the same result before downloading and using the font on your computer.

Mark Funk
Mark Funk is an experienced information security specialist who works with enterprises to mature and improve their enterprise security programs. Previously, he worked as a security news reporter.