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What the Font?

by Christina Van Dyke

Let’s face it; we’ve all been there. Fell in love with a website, maybe a poster or even a piece of print collateral and asked ourselves, “WHAT FONT ARE THEY USING?”

Finding and using just the right fonts can make or break a design. But now that you’ve found the perfect font and want to use it for your own project, how does one go about actually identifying it? What’s the font name? Where can I purchase it? Most importantly, how much will it cost me?

If you are one of the lucky ones, you might have been able to locate said font after a few hours of personal research or design forum chats. Good news is, things just got a whole lot easier with a new service called “What the Font” offered through the My Fonts website.

So how does it work? It only takes a few simple steps:

  1. Go to www.myfonts.com and select “WhatTheFont” from the top menu bar 



  2. Upload a scan or screenshot of the font in question 



  3. Verify the character selections when prompted 


  4. Do the happy dance and review your findings 


Additional Tips for Optimal Results:

  • Try to get the text as horizontal as possible
  • Letters should be around 100 pixels tall in your image
  • Make sure letters aren't touching each other

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