Why You’d Need to Identify a Font
- 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
- 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.