Seen a great typeface but don’t know what it’s called? MyFonts.com operates a very useful section of their website called “What The Font!“. It’s purpose is to identify typefaces from images. This means that you can submit a photograph of some signage, a poster, the side of a bus, a book sleeve, or anything else you can get close enough to photograph.
Simply upload the image, and What The Font! will attempt to identify any glyphs (letters). It will show you a version of your image with small text boxes under each glyph that it detected, asking you to correct or accept it’s guess. You can complete as many or as few as you like, but it will be more accurate if you complete more of the guesses. When you’re done, simply press ‘continue’. It will then show you a sample of your image, and a selection of faces that it thinks are the closest match. Some images work better than others, and there are a few techniques you can use to make the predictions more successful. Of course, it’s limited to the fonts on the MyFonts! website, but if you’re after a ‘good match’ for something you’re working on, it works well. If you can’t wait until you get home for an ID, then you can try their app (currently only available for i-things, but an Android version is on the way, apparently). Finally, if the automated version doesn’t work for you, then you can try posting on the WhatTheFont! forums, where real people will try to help you out.