How to Identify Fonts Used in Any Photo or Image

Saikat Basu 27-11-2017

Font hunting can be a fun side hobby, especially when you constantly see nice typography used on Instagram or Pinterest images, or anywhere else. I have a particular fancy for beautiful handwriting fonts 15 Free Handwriting Fonts You Should Download Now Whether you're creating an infographic or coming up with a logo, you may be in need of a good handwriting font. Check these out! They're some of the best for free. Read More .


But what do you do when you come across a wonderful new font and don’t know what it is? How do you find out? Fortunately, Photoshop CC 2017 has just the “forensic tool” to help you.

How to Identify Fonts Used in Any Photo or Image

Photoshop has a precise tool to help you identify the right font, or at least come very close to it. The feature is called Match Fonts and here’s how you use it:

  1. Open the image and draw a selection box (e.g. with the rectangular marquee) around the text you want to analyze.
  2. Select Type > Match Font. Photoshop will show you a list of fonts installed on your system that are similar to the font in the image. Suggestions will also include fonts from Typekit.
    Match Fonts Photoshop
  3. You can deselect Show Fonts Available To Sync From Typekit to view only fonts available on your computer.
  4. From the suggested results, click the font closest to the font in the image.
  5. Click OK. Photoshop selects the font you clicked.

This official Adobe video shows you how you can come close to the font you want to imitate:

Accurate selection will improve your chances of success. Straighten the image or correct the perspective of the image before you select the area around the font. Draw the selection as close to the text as possible. Also, limit the selection to a single line of text.

The Match Fonts tool is an invaluable ally when you need to go back and remember a font you used in your own past projects. It is a timesaver and can make you fall in love with the elegance of typography.


Did you spot a beautifully printed font out in the wild and discovered its name with the help of Photoshop?

Image Credit: guteksk7 via Shutterstock

Related topics: Adobe Photoshop, Fonts, Typography.

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  1. SmithPad
    November 27, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    There are also a number of free tools online for doing this if you don't want to pay for Photoshop. "What the Font" comes to mind.

    • Saikat Basu
      November 28, 2017 at 12:26 pm

      Absolutely. But, this tip was specifically for Photoshop. "What The Font Is" is a great tool with a handy browser extension.

      • SmithPad
        November 29, 2017 at 2:14 am

        Ah, I see. It was not indicated in the header nor in the opening paragraphs that this was a Photoshop-only article. If it was, I would not have clicked on it.

  2. Doc
    November 27, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    "...and it’s magic is based..." *ITS*. "It's" is a contraction of "it is" or "it has," and should not be used where a possessive belongs. "His," "hers," "its" and "theirs" are all possessive pronouns, and NONE of them have an apostrophe.

    • Saikat Basu
      November 28, 2017 at 12:26 pm

      Thanks. Missed correcting that.