I don’t know about you but I know that I am frequently drawn in by the pretty paper goods I see all over the blogosphere. Occasionally I am drawn in to trying to find a specific font that might not be that easy to determine. I know there are lots of ways of doing this, including forums and interactive font identifiers that ask a plethora of questions and then spit back your possible results, but I wanted to do some comparison of some image based font identification programs. Recently, I saw this wedding on Style Me Pretty and was immediately drawn to the awesome place cards and font used throughout the storybook themed wedding. I clicked through to the gallery to find some good pictures of the fonts to use.
I could figure out one of the fonts pretty easily because I already own it and used it in my Christmas cards this year.
I knew that the “happy ending” text in this sign was Nelly Script, but what was the other font?
I started with this image:
And cropped it to this:
I continued searching for another image that showed the font I wanted more clearly. I took this image:
And cropped it to just show the font I was looking for.
Then I tried both images on two different font finding sites.
The first site I tried was myfonts.com What the Font page. When I uploaded the first cropped image (Kyle Worley in this example), I got this:
None of which were actually the font.
The second image went much better, giving me these results:
The correct font (LD Bohemian Filigree) was the first suggestion. It should be noted that this was a more challenging font to identify because it was all caps. That meant that even though the letter looked like “S” it was really “s” – that totally got me the first few times I tried to use this feature.
The next site I tried was What the Font Is. I hadn’t used this before so I wasn’t sure what to expect.
This site also could not identify the font from the first image, showing how important having a good image is. However, the correct font did appear as an option:
although it was far down on the list at number 77
Using the second example I was able to identify all the letters, something that I couldn’t do with MyFonts.com’s What the Font.
Here you can see all the letters as opposed to the “D” “P” “u” and “s” that MyFonts.com was apple to identify.
This too gave me the correct font on the first time.
Overall I would have to say that I preferred What the Font Is much more than My Font’s What the Font, which I wasn’t expecting at all. What the Font is was able to identify the font, even with the bad image, and identified all 10 of the letters in the much better quality image as opposed to the 4 that MyFonts.com could identify. I found both user interfaces to be relatively the same and both were extremely easy to use. Another good quality about What the Font Is is it also allowed you to select searching commercial fonts, free fonts, or both, which could be very helpful.
I am so glad to have discovered this site and I am sure I will be utilizing it more in the future.
Do you have any font finding sites to recommend? Have you ever tried to identify a font using a site like this before? Was it successful or not?