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What is that Font?

There have been many a time I have looked at a web page and admired the use of one particular font. I am sure I am not alone in this. There are, however, now means of identifying the font so that you can make a note of it and keep it in mind for future use.

The typefaces that are used are so many and varied that it is difficult to keep them all in mind. One way I have resorted to is to make my own dictionary of fonts I like. When you consider that there are over 100 thousand fonts available today it’s a cause of once you have found it make a note of the name for future use straight away, or you will probably never find it again.

Luckily there are tools on the internet that do help. One of these is, What the Font. Here you can usually get your needed font identified.

The one problem here is you need an example of the font. It’s no good trying to describe it to them. They need the visual. You will upload the copy of the jpg to them, and they will use this to identify the font. When you look around at the many different fonts on the web it’s a miracle to find the exact one to match it. New fonts seem to be being made daily. There is, however, something to remember when you are using these unusual fonts. If you are going to be using it on a page it can’t be in typed text. 99 times out of 100 it won’t be recognised by search engines, or they will distort it and change it for something totally different. You will have to use it to make up a page which you can then turn into a jpeg and write the description of the words in the tag.  This is the only way you can be assured that the text being presented will remain as you wish it to be presented. Luckily once you have the name of the font you will be able to either find a download site or purchase the font from one of the font manufacturing websites. The secret is to find the name.

If you don’t have a photo to use you will then need to use the 20 questions option on Identifont. Unfortunately, this is back to books again as there isn’t an equivalent on the web yet. You will need to buy a copy of “Rookledges International Type Finder”

When all else fails you can try the forums.  There are many font sites that have forums. If you just type in the font forum on the search engines you will be presented with a whole host of them. Joining up and asking for help to identify the font will almost always be met with helpfulness as these folks are usually passionate about typefaces and fonts. To date, I have never met with a refusal to help.


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