It happens all the time…you see a font online or in a kit and you just know you have to have it.
The problem is, you don’t know what it is!
Enter font finding sites.
There are quite a few out there, some of which are specific to the fonts on their site. But there are others, like What Font Is, that can help you find the name of any font.
The process is fairly simple. First, either download an image containing the font you want to know the name of or take a screen shot (which will save to your computer.) Then, head to What Font Is.
Let’s take this font, for example. Let’s say I saw this online (which, by the way, is an example of one of the most famous six word stories.)
When I get to the site, I see a screen like this (well, not completely like this. I took out some of the distracting ads…)
Then, I uploaded the image I saved (or you can use a URL to the image). As you can see below, I uploaded a screen shot.
Then, I clicked continue. A bunch of rectangular boxes appeared and in each one, one of the letters was in bold. In the tiny box below the big rectangle, I typed in the letter in bold. And on and on it goes.
The search tool will ask you to identify every letter in the image you uploaded, but I found that even entering just these five (and ignoring the rest), was enough for the search engine to fine my font.
A screen like this will then appear, giving their best guess as to what font you submitted. It will also give you similar fonts, which is very helpful if the font you want to use isn’t available to download.
In our example, LOVE YA LIKE A SITER (by Kimberly Geswein) appeared first. It also gave me a link to where I could download/buy it.
It’s a pretty handy tool when you are overcome with font love or envy!
I will say that script fonts can be a little trickier since the program can’t always tell where one letter ends and another begins. However, it is still really good at its job. It found this font (most likely because there were also non-script letters).