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    www.whatthefont.com

    www.identifont.com

    http://www.whatfontis.com/
    Last edited by morea; 08-04-2010, 05:48 PM.
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  • #2
    Remember that Identifont is also great for finding font substitutes. Know the font you want but don't have it on your computer? Plug the name of that font into Identifont and see if you have any of the similar fonts before buying a font.
    It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?" Winnie the Pooh

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    • #3
      Also, whatthefont does best with characters that are not touching each other in any way.

      If that fails, sometimes the forum there is a good resource for identifying a font.
      "Lucy, you got some 'splainin' to do!" - Ricky Ricardo

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      • #4
        Whatthefont willl also confirm that it does or doesn't recognize individual characters

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        • #5
          I think the two tools mentioned can be useful, but at times their results can be laughably far from the mark. They are particularly poor at scripts.

          WhatTheFont is limited to principally the collection of fonts sold at MyFonts.com, which is of course large, but not as comprehensive as it sounds, since there are often multiple versions of the same families.

          I have found that Identifont will ask you good questions about the attributes of your mystery font, and then apparently ignore some of your answers (based on what it shows for results).

          I am a great believer that indivduals are better at identification than software, so I will recommend two forums: The Type ID Board and the WhatTheFont forum at MyFonts. I am a participant who helps out at the Type ID Board, and I have been there for several years. I can tell you that rarely does a posted font go unidentified for more than an hour. Usually the font is identified in a few minutes.

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          • #6
            Good to know Bowfinpw. Thanks for the link.
            "Lucy, you got some 'splainin' to do!" - Ricky Ricardo

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            • #7
              If someone was smart they would create a font identifier that is a cross between whatthefont and identifont, embed it into a font management program and include links to all of the type foundries for purchase. GOLDMINE!
              Some advice is profound, some is clever. The above post is a good example of both.
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              • #8
                Go for it, MD!
                "Lucy, you got some 'splainin' to do!" - Ricky Ricardo

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                • #9
                  I have enough trouble coding a website and flunked BASIC in high school. I am not the right candidate to pull this off
                  Some advice is profound, some is clever. The above post is a good example of both.
                  http://www.pedrospracticaljokes.blogspot.com/

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                  • #10
                    It's a brilliant idea, though.
                    "Lucy, you got some 'splainin' to do!" - Ricky Ricardo

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                    • #11
                      MD that is a brilliant idea. I wish you could whip something up for us
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Bowfinpw
                        I think the two tools mentioned can be useful, but at times their results can be laughably far from the mark. They are particularly poor at scripts.
                        Wow, I was just supringly impressed with whatthefont! I received a poor quality scan of a business card a customer needs recreated. Attached is the only 3 characters that was usable for identification of the font used in the company's name, the rest is obscured over a picture.

                        See the attached image I uploaded to whatthefont, and a click away was my answer.

                        Steccato 555 BT was the font I was looking for (yes it is down right ugly, but if it keeps the customer happy I was able to recreate it, great!)
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                        • #13
                          Good to know these tools. Thanks!

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                          • #14
                            i always try and just try and use a font explorer book sometimes much more useless, currently making a site to help people identify fonts.
                            Last edited by urstwile; 05-27-2009, 08:49 PM.

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                            • #15
                              ieattype, I removed your site link, as it doesn't appear to be active, so it didn't seem right to post it in this resource thread.
                              "Lucy, you got some 'splainin' to do!" - Ricky Ricardo

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