How to identify fonts in pictures

Learn how to quickly identify fonts found in your favorite pictures so you can use them too!

Choosing the proper font for a flier, title page, or even a graphic can be a difficult task. 

Sometimes the standard fonts installed on your operating system just don't cut it, and browsing free font Web sites can be a time sink with no guaranteed results. However, you may see or recall an image with a really awesome font, but have no way of contacting the artist to identify the font used. Here's a good way to identify fonts in images for free.

Step 1: Find a picture with the font you want identified. If the image is online, save it to your computer for the best/fastest results (or use a program like SPGrab to capture a section of the site/image).

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Step 2: Open your favorite Web browser and navigate to

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Step 3: Click on the Browse button on the Web page and navigate to the picture you saved in Step 1. If you opted not to save it, enter the URL of the image into the box below (labeled Or specify a URL with the image).

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Step 4: Make sure the options below reflect the image you're trying to use and your desired results. It's especially important to make sure the proper background color option is selected.

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Step 5: Click on the Continue button to begin identifying.

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Step 6: On the next page, examine the images displayed (the more thorough you are the more accurate your results will be). Any time you can identify the highlighted letter, enter it into the text area next to the image.

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Step 7: Click on the Continue button at the bottom of the page.

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Your results will be displayed on the next page. Links to download/purchase the fonts are provided as well. This way, if you see a close match, you can grab it without having to hunt all over the Internet for the font.


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