3 Type Tool Mistakes and How To Fix Them

fix type tool mistakes
These three Type Tool mistakes can cause you anxiety and wasted hours but you don’t have to make them.  So, you’re probably wondering, what are the mistakes and am I making them?  Well, let’s dive a little deeper to find out!

Why You’d Need to Identify a Font

Why would you even need to identify a font anyway, right?  Let me ask you if any of these scenarios sound familiar to you?  If any of them have happened to you, you have your answer.
  • You love a font you used before but can’t remember what it’s called.
  • Someone asks you which font it is because they want to use it.
  • You post a layout in a gallery and forgot which font you used. When you try to check it, the layer has been simplified so it’s too late.
  • You have some great word art and you’d like to match your text font with something in the word art.
  • You saw a font you love and want to know which one it is.
  • I usually keep great records but I got interrupted and quickly closed down the program before I recorded anything.

Avoid the Problem, if Possible


As you can see there are many possible reasons for the problem and I’ve only listed a few.   If the information is within your control, as in your own layout, make record keeping a best practice habit.  How to do that?  Make it a habit to record the product name and designer of every product used while you’re creating a page.  This information can be recorded in “File Info”.  See my previous post, 3 Type Tool Best Practices

Always duplicate the Type layer to create a “working layer” to work with.  Do not ever simplify the original Type layer.  Even the working layer doesn’t need to be simplified if you simply want to add a stroke.  You can create more than one working layer if you want to try out different Styles. Once you make a final decision just delete the ones you aren’t using.


How to Identify a Font


Sometimes it has nothing to do with your record keeping or lack of.  A lot of the time I see a font someone else used and, well, I gotta have it.  So whichever situation you find yourself in there are resources to help.  All of the font identifying services I’ve linked to below are free and do a pretty good job of finding a font and showing you some similar font choices.  Many times designers use commercial fonts to design word art.  These fonts are not usually free so it’s kind of neat to get some similar looks that may be free.
For best results, before running the font through any font identifier you need to do the following:
  • Isolate the font first
  • Crop down to the text only
  • Clean up/remove any background
  • It’s best to isolate 2-3 unique letters at a time
  • Save the text as a jpg (save several with different letter combinations)

3 Font Identifiers to Try – They’re Free!


Try any or all of these font identifiers online.  Each may include steps to follow to get the best results.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *