Preparing the image
There are several tips that help WhatTheFont in recognizing the font from provided image.
These are the following:
- increasing the contrast
- removal of obsolete, non-font elements
- increasing the letter spacing
Image that looks like this:
Would be a hard task for WhatTheFont to recognize the font and it would most likely fail.
After some work the image can be turned into this:
This correction will greatly increase the chances of success in finding the proper font match.
Choosing optimal letter set
If your font sample image contains more letters, you should consider choosing the optimal set for WhatTheFont.
WTF has some limits:
- number of components - max. 35
- maximum image size - around 360 x 275 pixels*ʾ
*ʾ With the smaller image height, the width can be bigger.
While the number of components is usually not a problem, the image size limit may result in fewer characters given for font recognition, thus - smaller chances of success.
There’s no use in uploading the image with the same letter occuring several times.
Repeating characters can be removed and replaced with the unique ones.
Remember that WhatTheFont is not the OCR (Optical Character Recognition) tool.
It doesn’t make a difference if the letters you upload make any sense, they’re sample characters only.
Instead of “mass stress passes”, it’s better to remove all the repeated letters (leaving only “mas tre p”) and add several unique letters.
The more variety of the characters provided, the bigger the chance of successful font recognition.
Sort your font collection into logical style categories (gothic, script, pixel/bitmap, etc.)
If you don’t know how to sort them, use the categories as listed on DaFont or similar free font site.
This will greatly help you when looking for a specific font style.
To be able to use the Compare&Match method successfully, your font collection must be large.
You can download fonts from numerous free font sites – check the Definitive List of Wortwhile Font Sites.
If you don’t already have a font viewer or manager, you’ll have to download and install one.
There are a few free or shareware ones:
• Font Xplorer Lite
There are also commercial programs, but any of these mentioned should be enough for this task.
Once you find the font you were looking for, you can confirm the match by entering the text into “custom preview” field on the font site, like for example www.dafont.com.
• decide which style category the font belongs to
• run the font viewing program
• enter the same letters (as the sample text), as these on the image with unidentified font
• slowly browse through the font category, comparing the sample text with the image